Aaron Rodgers enjoys an offseason with no responsibilities

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As Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers prepares to participate in a golf match on July 6 with Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson, and Bryson DeChambeau, Rodgers participated in an interview session with the other three participants.

Here’s what Rodgers said in response to a sarcastic question about his “low-profile” and “peaceful” offseason including no controversies.

“It’s been one of those quiet offseasons you dream about,” Rodgers said with no hint of irony, “where you can kind of just go through your process on your own, quietly, and that’s all you can ask for as an older player in the league and someone who’s been around for a long time and just enjoys that time to yourself, just relax, to not be bothered, to not have any obligations or anything going on. You know, I think that’s what this offseason has been about. It’s been about really enjoying my time and spending it where I want to spend it not feeling like I have to go anywhere. but still be an NFL player at the same time. It’s been great.”

He did have one “obligation” this offseason, a mandatory minicamp that he skipped last week. And his breezy response overlooks the fact that he has some sort of issue with the Green Bay front office, one that has led to speculation that he may not show up when the season ends.

Also, Rodgers appeared in the interview wearing a T-shirt that says, “I’m offended.” That may or may not have something to do with Packers CEO Mark Murphy’s recent comment that Rodgers is a “complicated fella.”

Given the broader context of Rodgers’ current football career, his comments from Tuesday make him no less complicated. However, he definitely characterized himself as an “NFL player.” Time will tell whether he’ll be playing for the Packers or some other NFL team.

51 responses to “Aaron Rodgers enjoys an offseason with no responsibilities

  1. Sounds like a guy who is ready to ride off into the sunset. Something tells me this attitude of his was widely known throughout the Packers front office & team. And this is what caused the Packers to need to address his replacement when they drafted Love.

    So you cant fault the Packers team for trying to stay prepared while dealing with the uncertainties of if Rodgers heart is still in the game or not. Who knows, the MVP could be his main goal and he has acheived that again this year.

  2. He’s really taken some big time cues from Diva Brady and then doubled down on them.

    Holy mackerel. How Packers fans can back this behavior is beyond me.

  3. He nailed it with the T-shirt… That was NO accident! Whoever is in charge in Green Bay better start answering the phone calls on this guy.

  4. He just won league MVP and went to the conference championships in back to back seasons. Go ahead and R-E-L-A-X

  5. touchback6 says:
    June 15, 2021 at 1:19 pm
    He’s really taken some big time cues from Diva Brady and then doubled down on them.

    Holy mackerel. How Packers fans can back this behavior is beyond

    I’m not a pats fan at all, and TB maybe was a little divaish at times, but he is committed to winning absolutely.

    TB left as a free agent , and whatever- if any- bad blood there was between him and the team was kept in house generally speaking. Did he have a hand in Jimmy getting dealt? Maybe. He also didn’t act like a little kid about it in the press.

    Brady also took less money as many have said.

    Frankly, the way Brady went about his career should be modeled IMO , not criticized.

    To compare anything Brady has done to how AR is acting is absurd.

  6. It makes no difference to me whatsoever who is under-center for the Packers on Opening Day. I’ll be cheering for the Packers.

  7. Packers fans have been spoiled by about 30 years of legendary qbs and everyone is acting like they gotta win it every year or they just suck. Tom Brady averaging a SB win every other year is just unrealistic expectation. Enjoy the memories fellas, that’s all that’s gonna be left soon. Unless they really think love is gonna keep the tradition alive. I see 8-8 in the near future.

  8. I heard Rodgers described on national radio yesterday as a “sympathetic character.” I almost drove off the road.

    Even before he started this “beautiful dream” campaign of his, it was pretty clear that he was probably not all that easy to get along with.

    Now also clear: he’s *quite* taken with himself.

    With people like that, unless they wise up and open up to the world around them, all they have left, eventually, is themselves. Everyone else takes the hint and stays away.

    But Rodgers is one of those totally conflicted people who would rather be around himself than anyone else, but also craves attention from other people. No attention? That would be his worst nightmare.

    What a sad sack.

    Shut up and do what you do best, Aaron. Play football.

  9. topcide says:
    June 15, 2021 at 1:34 pm
    touchback6 says:
    June 15, 2021 at 1:19 pm
    He’s really taken some big time cues from Diva Brady and then doubled down on them.

    Holy mackerel. How Packers fans can back this behavior is beyond

    I’m not a pats fan at all, and TB maybe was a little divaish at times, but he is committed to winning absolutely.

    TB left as a free agent , and whatever- if any- bad blood there was between him and the team was kept in house generally speaking. Did he have a hand in Jimmy getting dealt? Maybe. He also didn’t act like a little kid about it in the press.

    Brady also took less money as many have said.

    Frankly, the way Brady went about his career should be modeled IMO , not criticized.

    To compare anything Brady has done to how AR is acting is absurd.

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    It’s not absurd at all. Brady was the first ever qb to skip OTAs in NFL history and lied about why he was skipping them.

    Watson, Rodgers, Murray, etc are all following his diva lead.

    We have no idea how long BB was dealing with Brady’s diva-itis, the Guerrero issue or how much of an attitude he was copping, especially after that Atlanta SB comeback that he probably thought was all him.

    We just have no idea, but skipping of the OtAs and almost not going on the plane for preseason Week 1 vs Detroit in 2018 was also completely unprofessional.

    You’d think Kraft allowing his TB12 on campus would be more than enough special treatment.

    Face it, these primadonnas are so used to getting everything all the time, they act like Spalding Smails when they don’t.

    Brady is farf from innocent essentially forming a mutiny on the team. He left as a disgrace sabotaging the 2019 season.

  10. Pretty sure the shirt wasn’t a telegraphed message but a joke about his perceived over sensitivity. If that’s the case, that’s hilarious.

  11. I like this guy more everyday after mostly hating him his whole career. You young people pay attention. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. This is also a lesson in not letting people push you around. The Pack decided this when they traded up for Love. These are now the consequences of those actions back then.

  12. For every Packers fan who is growing tired of Rodgers, there’s a new fan he’s making on the other side. I’m rooting for the guy! Hope he heads out of town and brings whatever team he ends up on a Super Bowl before he retires.

  13. Rodgers The One Hit Blunder says:
    June 15, 2021 at 2:01 pm
    No responsibilities . . . and no paycheck either.
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    I’m sure his money is safely invested making more money per hour than most people make in a week.

  14. Rodgers is pretty smart, so the shirt means something. What exactly it means, I have absolutely not the first clue. Without this storyline, the NFL dead season would be just that.

  15. everyactionhasanoverreaction says:
    June 15, 2021 at 3:05 pm
    Rodgers The One Hit Blunder says:
    June 15, 2021 at 2:01 pm
    No responsibilities . . . and no paycheck either.
    —————————-

    I’m sure his money is safely invested making more money per hour than most people make in a week.

    ____________________

    Not necessarily. He could have squandered it all away like many have. Unless you’re his financial advisor or have an inside scoop on his finances (that doesn’t include being a fan), you don’t know. Either way, FACT is, no paycheck from the Packers. And if he chooses to stay away he’ll owe them (losing more money per hour than most people make in a week).

  16. everyactionhasanoverreaction says:
    June 15, 2021 at 3:04 pm
    For every Packers fan who is growing tired of Rodgers, there’s a new fan he’s making on the other side. I’m rooting for the guy! Hope he heads out of town and brings whatever team he ends up on a Super Bowl before he retires.

    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    You know what they say, ‘Live in hopes and die in despair.’

  17. It’s probably not that complicated. However, the reigning MVP is complex and intelligent enough to possibly want to enjoy his life outside of job and football for a bit longer than the typical structure permits. Especially now that NFL greed has added another game to the next regular season. This just may be the easiest way for him to get a slightly longer vacation that many of us would like and deserve. Life is short and the future is some thing worth having a little more personal control of especially now. When he comes back, Aaron, the Packers, and a better prepared back-up QB, may all be better off for it.

  18. This saga has made me like Rodgers. I realize now that it’s the Packers culture, front office, and haughty “shareholder” idiocy that bothered me all along.

  19. Maybe Aaron can ask Tom what he’s been doing during the offseason and then maybe that will help him understand why he can’t get back to the Super Bowl.

  20. Rodgers realizes that the Bears are about to dominate the division for the next decade or more. No wonder why he wants out.

  21. Arrogant Rodgers is his name. He says he has nowhere to go, forgetting that he’s under contract with the Packers and should be there with his teammates.
    I hope he never plays in the NFL again.

  22. For the people being critical of Rodgers for wanting to go to an organization that’s actually dedicated to winning a championship, I can’t help but wonder how you conduct your own professional careers.

    I can only assume that you’re happy to be the first one in the office every morning and the last to leave despite your boss making decision after decision that impacts your ability to do your job and never once asks for your input. Even better, you’re near the peak of your profession and instead of your company giving you the tools that will bring your company to the pinnacle of your industry, they instead hire a college intern to shadow you with the intent of becoming your replacement.

    For all of you that fit into this category, please submit your resume to my business. I would love to have more doormats to boss around.

  23. SRSLY if the Pack had drafted a quality starter at another position in rd 1 last year they might have won the SB against that decimated Chiefs OL and we would not be having any of these conversations.

    So while Rodgers might be an arrogant jerk, he’s not wrong on the football aspect of this whole kerfuffle.

  24. I thought Aaron was nearing the end of his career, but at the apparent age of five, he has many decades of playing time ahead.

  25. This is borderline lebron-esque. I understand, from a negotiating perspective, it doesn’t help him to come out and make a public decision or communicate his endgame. That said, he’s loving this attention. As much as this is the fault of GBs front office, I’d be irritated if I was a GB fan. Annoying situation and doubly annoying coverage.

  26. Here’s the bottom line; The Packers front office led by Guntekust placed a “bet” by drafting Love that Rodgers was going to have a down year, and then he doesn’t. Now, Rodgers wants to pay them back for awhile, but he’ll be there Opening Day. He’d be nuts not to. All fans will love this guy again as long as he wins and says the right things. He’ll learn the hard way. Glad to have you back Aaron!

  27. The Packers made the decision to move on from Rodgers, and then he went out and won an MVP, and so now they’re just trying to save face and make it look like Rodgers is the one that wants out. Unless Rodgers is the guy running the Packers’ draft, he’s not the one that just up and decided he was done in Green Bay. Whoever it was, and it had to come from high up, isn’t man enough to stand up and be counted. I have never seen such a cowardly act in all my life. What makes it even worse is they’re showing the guy they drafted to replace Rodgers that they don’t have any confidence in him. If they thought they could win with Love they would have traded Rodgers for two or 3 first round picks and head into the season planning to show the world how wise they are.

  28. Having no obligations is an odd comment for someone thought to be a franchise QB under contract for tens of millions of dollars.

    Still no sign any deal is imminent or likely at this point.

  29. supercharger says:

    I like this guy more everyday after mostly hating him his whole career. You young people pay attention. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. This is also a lesson in not letting people push you around. The Pack decided this when they traded up for Love. These are now the consequences of those actions back then.

    ========================

    Absence also leaves one vulnerable to losing his job to the next man up.

  30. it’s funny how those elite QBs want input on roster but when it comes to accountability, they want none. What I wanna see is those QNs going to a teammate to tell him that he’s gonna be cut because he wants to bring in another player. But you’ll never see that because that’s the bad part of having roster control.
    If a QB wants roster control/input, solution is simple. Either buy a team or retire and apply for a GM job.

  31. mlhigh77 says:
    June 15, 2021 at 3:19 pm
    Trent Dilfer won a SB too
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    Trent Dilfer never won an MVP or three

  32. Aaron is a gifted but has a stultified personality. Looked completely out of place at the press conference. Neither is what he lacks in persona made up for by common sense. The more I see of him and his nature, the more I am good with him hitting the road. Thanks for the memories. Remember this is a guy who was estranged from his entire family.

  33. Bottom line is not many teams need Rodgers, Denver, Washington,New Orleans and maybe the Raiders would really be the only Ones that may have interest this year, To many young QBs got drafted in the last 2 years and the Packers will not trade Rodgers to any NFC team or any AFC team that he could possibly win a Super Bowl with, so Rodgers is in a self created limbo that may cost him a boatload of money and maybe even his career, goes to the old saying Rodgers is cutting his nose off to spite his face

  34. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 17, 2021 at 3:07 pm
    Any player should be offended having to play and live in Green Bay.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I don’t get it.

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