Aaron Rodgers’s current motivation: Love (and not Jordan)

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For the past two years, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers arguably discovered extra incentive from the team’s decision to use a first-round pick on quarterback Jordan Love. Now, the thing that drives Nic Cage’s doppelgänger comes from a similar location, at least in name.

Rodgers was asked by reporters on Wednesday where he gets his motivation currently.

Love, probably,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “Just tapping into the love of this game, love of my teammates. You know, that’s what gets me up in the morning, coming in here and loving what I do. And having that gratitude for this opportunity, because at some point, the ride’s gonna be over. So enjoying every step of the way. Obviously, you know, we wanna win a Super Bowl. And individual accolades are great. But being in present in the moment I think is really important, especially for an older player, because each moment is just a little bit more special.”

Rodgers has said earlier this year that he thinks about retirement all the time. Any year could be his last year. And his new contract essentially removes from the team any ability to decide to move on from Rodgers, while he retains the ability to move on without financial consequence.

His belief that the Packers would supplant him with Love helped fuel Rodgers to consecutive MVP awards. Now that he has won that battle, we’ll see whether love of the game and his teammates will be the thing that sparks not only a great regular season, but also a deep playoff run — and maybe his second career Super Bowl appearance.

34 responses to “Aaron Rodgers’s current motivation: Love (and not Jordan)

  1. I’m not saying drafting Love didn’t light a fire. That’s certainly possible. But I think the Mike McCarthy factor and its hangover along with the Matt LaFleur factor + being more comfortable in the new offense have a lot more to do with the so-called resurgence. To pretend that he hasn’t been performing at-or-near an MVP level for basically his entire starting career (minus seasoned shortened or ended by injury) is silly.

  2. He has all the talents. It’s too bad he doesn’t have the drive of Tom Brady nor the character of Bart Starr.

  3. As a Viking fan, I love to hate Rodgers. But darned if that wasn’t a very mature, wise, and beautiful statement. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised to hear it, but if it truly came from the heart, I gotta give him props.

  4. Well apparently he doesn’t love the game or his teammates enough to bother showing up for OTAs.

  5. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have the same number of Super Bowl appearances during Rodgers’ entire Hall of Fame career (2005-present).

  6. Rodgers didn’t play up to his ability and was somewhat uncoachable in the 2 years prior to drafting Love. Gutekunst really not that stupid.

  7. He has all the talents. It’s too bad he doesn’t have the drive of Tom Brady nor the character of Bart Starr.
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    Its too bad he hasn’t worked under a guy like Belichick…. or Lombardi.

  8. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have the same number of Super Bowl appearances during Rodgers’ entire Hall of Fame career (2005-present)
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    If not for the Packers, you’d have twice as many trips to the dance..

  9. Wow, I had totally forgotten that SB between the Colts and da Bears. Probably because after a TD on the opening kickoff Chicago couldn’t do much of anything. Really a snoozer.

  10. Great QB…

    But an argument can easily made that no QB has ever done so little… with so much.

  11. But an argument can easily made that no QB has ever done so little… with so much.
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    Go ahead and make it.

    I’ll go get my popcorn ready.

  12. The only thing rodgers loves is himself as evident as he thinks the world is fascinated in who he plays dress up as.
    Are packer fans haging on the edge of their seats for who aaron will be for halloween this year?

  13. Its too bad he hasn’t worked under a guy like Belichick…. or Lombardi.
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    Since entering the NFL in 2000, Tom Brady is 74-47 (.611) against teams that finished the season with a winning record.

    Since entering the NFL in 2005, Aaron Rodgers is 36-43-1 (. 456) against teams that finished the season with a winning record

    NOT EVEN CLOSE.

  14. cakesw says:
    July 28, 2022 at 12:17 pm
    Great QB…

    But an argument can easily made that no QB has ever done so little… with so much.
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    Alright, let’s argue.

    In the Super Bowl era, there have been over 700 starting QBs in the NFL, with only 34 of them winning a League Championship.
    Over 95% have never won a single ring, let alone two.
    Rodgers has his ring, and he was the MVP of that game.
    Laughably, a few NFL franchises have never even won one in their entire sad and dull existence.

    As far as Rodgers’ postseason performances, only 7 other QBs in NFL history have won more playoff games.
    And he still posts a postseason passer rating North of 100, which is better than Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Troy Aikman, Elway, Marino, Brett Favre, Peyton, Eli and Big Ben.
    Just to name a few.

    To continue to bash the man is just plain idiotic.

  15. What happened to “I think about retiring all the time”? Now it’s love? He’s a beautiful mystery.

  16. alarmbottle says:
    July 28, 2022 at 11:38 am
    He has all the talents. It’s too bad he doesn’t have the drive of Tom Brady….
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    What type of “drive” does Brady have? Is he really working harder than any other player? Does he want to win so much more than any other player?

    Brady’s accomplishments are undeniable. However, worshipping him as the most driven player ever is a little over the top.

  17. Love hurts, yeah – yeah
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    ‘I hate it when they get the words wrong’

    – Crash Davis

  18. “But the reality is that the stats can be useless and incredibly misleading. And once again, what are we really arguing here? Everyone who has ever watched him play knows that Aaron Rodgers is clutch.

    Now I wouldn’t feel like I’ve done my job here unless I also provided facts that proves his clutchness and comeback ability. So, here is how QBs since 2008 (when Rodgers entered the league) rank in terms of EPA/Play when they have a less than 40% win probability in the 4th/OT and need to come back (Min. 500 plays):”

    Aaron Rodgers — 0.240
    Russell Wilson — 0.236
    Drew Brees — 0.196
    Tony Romo — 0.192
    Tom Brady — 0.144

    That’s more like it.

    -Nathan Marzion, The Dekker Post.

  19. Really one of the sweetest, most thoughtful responses I’ve heard in awhile. So of course people will hate it.

  20. Aaron Rodgers — 0.240
    Russell Wilson — 0.236
    Drew Brees — 0.196
    Tony Romo — 0.192
    Tom Brady — 0.144
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    Funny thing is Wilson is so high because of the Packers defense. 2014 alone moved him up the ladder lol.

  21. I’m not disputing Rodgers’ pure talent and his stats are obviously excellent. And yet, in a playoff game I’d feel more comfortable with Brady or Montana as my quarterback. Above all others (could maybe add Eli as well), those two had the rare ability to simply will their teams to success.
    I’m talking about the 2 QB’s that I consider to be the best. Rodgers has displayed outstanding talent and has been entertaining to watch, but for much of his career it’s just seemed like something was missing.

  22. Say what you want about Rodgers or his personality or playing abilities/clutchness — the guy gives a good interview.

  23. I’m talking about the 2 QB’s that I consider to be the best. Rodgers has displayed outstanding talent and has been entertaining to watch, but for much of his career it’s just seemed like something was missing.
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    Something has been missing;

    Respectable defense

  24. What is Kirk Cousins’ record against teams that finished the season with a winning record?

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