Aaron Rodgers reiterates his offseason thoughts about leaving or retiring

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As the 2021 season begins, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers continues to be candid about the things that happened in the offseason. Specifically, his thoughts about retiring.

He called it “contemplation” in an interview with Erin Andrews of Fox Sports. And Rodgers admitted that he indeed considered starting again elsewhere, or calling it quits.

“I did,” Rodgers said about the possibility of a pre-draft trade, which reached a fever pitch after Paul Allen of KFAN reported on the morning of the draft that the 49ers had called the Packers about a trade, and that the Packers had said no. “Because they wouldn’t commit to me past 2021. So I figured if they want to make a change even though I just won MVP, why wait? They drafted my replacement, so let him play if that’s what you want. But I also could picture myself not playing, so it was a lot of things.”

As to the possibility of retiring, Rodgers said that he considered it “100 percent.”

“I don’t feel like I have anything left to prove on the field,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s more about the enjoyment and the happiness and the quality of life that this game has afforded me over the years. And being able to 100 percent commit to everything that my job entails and there were many times during the offseason where I felt like I wasn’t able to fully do that. And until I was, it was a possibility.”

It’s now a strong possibility that it will be his last year in Green Bay. Last year, no one knew how close it was to happening. This year, it’s fair to constantly wonder whether it will be his last one with the Packers.

8 responses to “Aaron Rodgers reiterates his offseason thoughts about leaving or retiring

  1. Hey Erin, remember how many seasons you rode the pine before ever starting a game?

    I do, it was 3 seasons and maybe they’re doing the same with Love so why all the diva BS?

  2. A ridiculous roughing the passer call negated an INT and ended any hope the Packers had of coming back. But just remember, ThE pAcKeRs GeT eVeRy CaLl.

  3. I’m a Bengals fan and usually could care less about Rodgers or the Packers. But this is really ridiculous; I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a petulant, whiny display from a great player in any sport. He doesn’t have anything to prove? How about proving that he’s a good teammate, or that his individual achievements don’t matter when they’re trying to win a game. It’s ironic that he’ll say things like ‘they drafted my replacement’ as a reason for him to be upset, when he was in the identical situation when he was drafted, years before he eventually replaced a great player in Favre. Now that he signed the one-year contract, he needs to play up to it, not act like he was insulted; and that beat-down by the Saints was so total that you have to believe that this situation had something to do with it.

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