Despite winning multiple MVP awards, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has admitted that he was unsure if he wanted to continue playing football. Rodgers claimed that he “can definitely see the end coming” during a press conference following his victory in The Match, a golf exhibition tournament against other NFL players.
While speaking to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Rodgers said he often contemplated his playing days. He then said that the longer he is in the league, the more he realizes that the grind, the pleasure, and the other stuff eventually wears off, adding that he could see the end of his playing career coming.
“The football part is the easy part. That’s the joy. It’s the other stuff that wears on you and makes you think about life after football. Tommy obviously set the bar so high with playing so many years, but I can definitely see the end coming,” Rodgers told Florio.
Rodgers came under scrutiny last season after claiming that he was vaccinated against COVID-19 but managed to only miss one game. He later revealed that he referred to other treatment methods. He has continued to criticize the policies and practices of the healthcare industry since then.
Rodgers still managed to throw for 4,115 yards and 37 touchdown passes despite the controversy and despite the Packers losing to the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the playoffs. He was also named the MVP for the second time in his career.
Fans surprised by Rodger’s resignation
Speculation about Rodgers’ possible retirement emerged after the Packers lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the playoffs. Los Angeles Rams head coach, friend, and radio personality Pat McAfee noted that Rodgers had been considering retiring since the Sirius XM show. The 38-year-old quarterback did not participate in the team’s training camp and the regular season, and fans became concerned about his possible retirement.
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Despite his age, Rodgers is still considered one of the best players in the NFL. He still can throw for a lot of yards and can still get by with his legs. He also has a tremendous innate awareness of the field, which has not changed since 2011.
However, the 6-feet-2 said it would not be possible for him to fall into a similar state of decline as Drew Brees, who is currently playing at a high level. It is hard to guess if Rodgers has the necessary secrets to prolong his playing career, but at the current pace, he does not seem to be more willing to play than Tom Brady.
If Rodgers continues to be at his current level of performance, then, by 2022, fans will be reading about his decline like they did last year. Without the help of a good wide receiver, Rodgers is not expected to have another MVP-caliber season.
That being said, until Rodgers and the Packers can finally win a Super Bowl, fans should continue to support their team. As long as they are still in the playoffs, they are fine.