After weeks of name-dropping his NFL quarterback brother, Jordan finally opened up to JoJo on Monday night's episode of The Bachelorette about the dark cloud that hovers over the Rodgers family: "Me and Aaron don’t really have that much of a relationship," the frontrunner admitted.
The truth was finally revealed on Jordan and JoJo's wine-fueled one-on-one date when the couple was talking about the upcoming visit to his hometown and the one family member who would not be at the dinner table.
"My middle brother won't be there, Aaron," said Jordan, who recently scored a new sports television gig with the SEC
Network, said. "I have a great relationship with my [oldest] brother Luke, [but] me and Aaron don’t really have that much of a relationship. It's just kind of the way he's chosen to do life and I chose to stay close with my family and my parents and my brother."
"It's not ideal," he added. "I love him and I can't imagine what I's like to be in his shoes and to have the demands from people that he [has]. I don’t have hard feelings against him, it's just how things go right now."
JoJo -- who was probably realizing that her dreams of having Green Bay Packers season ticked are now dashed -- asked if Aaron even knew that Jordan had signed up to be on The Bachelorette. "I don’t think so," Jordan said before confessing that he and he brother don’t communicate at all.
Jordan explained that, while growing up in his brother’s shadow, he always felt "disappointed" in himself because he could never measure up to Aaron's abilities.
"No matter what I did, it was never good enough for a coach or for a teammate, because I was being compared to someone who did it the best," he said. "I could’ve kept playing, but football didn’t define me. Not having a great relationship with my brother Aaron, or what people think that relationship should be, didn’t define me. I'm defined by the character I have."
In the promo for next week's hometown dates, the family's strained relationship with Aaron will be addressed even further. "Jordan doesn't have a relationship with his brother Aaron, but I didn’t realize that this wound was as deep as it is and so now I'm nervous," JoJo said to Bachelorette producers in the upcoming clip.
The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.