Aaron Rodgers likes NFL playing in Europe, would have liked to spend more time in London

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The Packers won’t be flying to London for Sunday’s game against the Giants until this evening, but if Aaron Rodgers had his way, they would have had a little more time there.

Rodgers said he understands why coach Matt LaFleur thought the team would be better off doing most of its preparation in Green Bay, but if it were up to Rodgers, he would have had more of a vacation.

“Coaches are creatures of habit, even more than players,” Rodgers said. “Any time there’s a minute adjustment to the schedule, it throws them all out of whack. So I wouldn’t read too much into that. Listen, we’re all excited. I think the reason I said I wanted to go over early was just to experience a little bit of that culture, to be able to get out and see some sights and interact with fans and shoot, go to a pub and have a Guinness or whatever the local brew is. That’s what we all want to do, those of us that want to go over early.”

The Packers are the last NFL team to play a regular-season game outside the United States, and Rodgers said he’s excited about it.

“It’s great for our game to branch out worldwide,” Rodgers said. “There’s a lot of fans worldwide. . . . It’s great for our international fans.”

Rodgers said he’s expecting more Packers fans than Giants fans in London, and he’s looking forward to performing in front of them. Even if he won’t have time to get a pint with them.

18 responses to “Aaron Rodgers likes NFL playing in Europe, would have liked to spend more time in London

  1. He has all offseason to do that and about $150M to pay for the trip. It’s certainly more productive than taking ayahuasca.

  2. Experiencing (and Interacting) with local scenes of EU seems to be win-win for the league and the players. London games should benefit both participating teams with a more time…

    Thursday Night Football in Week X
    London Game in Week X+1 (giving +2 days)
    Monday Night Football or Bye in Week X+2 (giving +1 day for the MNF or opportunity for player’s fam to enjoy the EU scene upon the ensuing Bye)

    Having the Bye after an EU games give everyone involved the individual option to fly back home or stay.

  3. You have plenty of money to plan a vacation Rodgers. This was the same guy who complained about the team taking a vacation to San Fran two years ago when the team got stomped.

  4. Is there anyone in the league more clearly ready to retire? Rodgers has played very well over the last few years. That’s not what I am saying. But, it seems like he’d rather be anywhere else, particularly living it up and throwing back a lot of cold ones.

  5. I have millions and can afford to vacation there anytime, but let’s do this on the Packer’s dime. Just don’t call me self centered for wanting to do that, ’cause I always put others first before myself.

  6. More international games the better. These international companies pay the players salaries as well, they buy merch, their local networks sign multi-million dollar TV deals with the NFL. The NFL is a global game and I am so happy.

  7. Clearly people here don’t understand the difference:

    Going in offseason – you’re just a tourist.

    Going a few days earlier before a big NFL game – HUGE marketing potential for football, brings personal touch to new fans, more media engagements to promote the sport, etc.

  8. “media-driven narrative that everyone hates the London games” – Rodgers didn’t say anything about the game. He wants to go drink beer. And he said so. “have a Guinness or whatever the local brew is. That’s what we all want to do”

  9. Seems like everyone is missing the point.

    Yes, of course he can go there anytime in the offseason but he wants to to there and experience it with his team. That is a whole different experience.

  10. Too bad for him there is that blasted NFL game to play that is getting in the way of him having a good time in London

  11. Nothing is preventing your from leaving to live there permanently. Many of us would love never seeing nor hearing from or about your Lordship.

  12. People are criticizing him because he likes playing in London and is bummed he can’t see more of it? What’s wrong with that? Looks like the Vikings and their fans had a blast last weekend, except for perhaps Darrisaw snoring so loud on the flight over that some players thought it was the plane’s engines.

  13. Sounds like AAron wants to be the European ambassador for the NFL once he hangs the cleats up. Not a bad gig!!

  14. Sounds like AAron wants to be the European ambassador for the NFL once he hangs the cleats up. Not a bad gig!!
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    Imagine being paid.. to drink Guinness in pubs across Europe…

    No wonder he doesn’t want to play until he’s 45..

  15. 50Stars says:
    October 6, 2022 at 11:38 am
    Seems like everyone is missing the point.

    Yes, of course he can go there anytime in the offseason but he wants to to there and experience it with his team. That is a whole different experience

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    No, we get the point. Nothing he said included his teammates.

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