Will kinder, gentler Aaron Rodgers be more effective on the football field?

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The first clue that Aaron Rodgers would spend a lot of time talking about love (not Jordan) came during the twice-reigning MVP’s first press conference of training camp. Asked to explain what currently motivates him, Rodgers said, “Love, probably.”

Love, actually, has become the theme in recent days for Rodgers. From the ayahuasca podcast to his comments to Peter King of Football Morning in America, Rodgers is talking a lot about a four-letter word that can be said on FCC-regulated broadcasts.

I love myself a lot better so it’s easier to love other people and give them forgiveness and not jump on somebody’s ass if they make a mistake,” Rodgers told King.

The key was the ayahuasca.

“I think it’s unlocked a lot of my heart,” Rodgers said. “Being able to fully give my heart to my teammates, my loved ones, relationships because I can fully embrace unconditionally myself. Just didn’t do that for a long time. I was very self-critical. When you have so much judgment on yourself it’s easy to transfer that judgment to other people. When you figure out a better way to love yourself, I think you can love people better because you’re not casting the same judgment you cast on yourself on other people. I’m really thankful for that.”

Following up on Rodgers making reference to loved ones, King tiptoed toward one of the most sensitive issues for one of the most sensitive players in the league. Estranged from his immediate family, can Rodgers now repair their relationships?

“Honestly, that was a big intention I brought into the second journey this offseason,” Rodgers told King. “I really felt like I wanted to surrender and open up to the medicine for some healing to come through and some direction on how to kind of go about that. And it didn’t. It didn’t necessarily. The big message was unconditionally loving myself is the key to being able to heal all relationships—with them, past relationships with lovers, whatever it might be. . . . So that gives me a lot of hope in healing at some point. There was nothing specific that came through in my three nights of journey, per se, but it was everything to learn how to love myself better because every relationship is changed from that standpoint. Including the way I look at them [family members] and the hope I have for reconciliation at some point.”

That’s the best news regarding the current status of Rodgers’s journey. Life’s too damn short, and family is the most important part of it. It’s impossible for anyone who has fractured family relationships to establish and maintain the balance needed to survive and thrive, especially in these strange times.

So here’s hoping that Rodgers is able to have that reconciliation. Until then, it will be interesting to see whether the kindler, gentler approach that Rodgers is bringing to the field will make him more effective — especially in the postseason.

15 responses to “Will kinder, gentler Aaron Rodgers be more effective on the football field?

  1. He has carried the team since 2011. He’s done enough already.

    If they win this year, it will be on the back of a good running game and improved defense.

    I doubt he’d have any problem with that whatsoever.

  2. Kinder? Gentler? How about creepy narcissist. How can a guy be this self absorbed. How can a guy his age literally have zero involvement with his parents and sibling. None. That’s not odd? I think he’s an extremely troubled weirdo who when he does these out of the box things, he makes sure EVERYONE knows about it. He’s a very insecure Attention you know what.

  3. “It’s impossible for anyone who has fractured family relationships to establish and maintain the balance needed to survive and thrive, especially in these strange times.” That sentence is demonstrably false, even if you only look at Aaron Rodgers himself. Aaron had the fractured family relationship at the core of this statement and he’s done okay for himself thus far. And there’s no guarantee of any kind that fixing that relationship will help Rodgers “survive and thrive” moving forward. Having a big bank account that allows for out-of-country drug trips might have more to do with how Aaron Rodgers does in the future than whether or not he talks to his folks.

  4. Rodgers’ great obstacle to overcome is his boredom. Wildly rich and successful with no real boss (owner or GM or coach lucky to have him), no children to take care of, no spouse at home. He’s just an aging single rich guy… who perennially chokes in the playoffs.

  5. I love myself a lot better
    I really can’t see how it is possible for Rodgers to love himself more

  6. The Packers will regret not trading him last year when his value was at it’s highest .

  7. He loves himself alright.

    He will never win a sb again.

    You said the same thing about another #12..

  8. Say what you want about the guy, but rest assured, his responses to questions aren’t a bunch of boring cliches.

  9. I’m really trying not to be cynical about Rodgers after all the self-absorbed jackassery we’ve seen in his past. I’m winning to just watch and see how this plays out. As far as I know, he hasn’t bloviated on the Pat Macafee podcast lately, where he voluntarily put himself in a very bad light. Quitting that stuff alone will show some progress. Some people do have some personal growth as they get into middle age. Maybe he’ll be one of them.

  10. I had a customer who ran a nice, Midwest-based business. Then he fell in with the Hollywood crowd, telling him how he could improve his results. Bankrupt in 3 years.

  11. So far, I’m not seeing much difference in Rodgers.
    His rants may be a little less acerbic, but I still see lots of “me, myself, and I” through the whole thing.

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