For a time during the 2021 NFL offseason, there were rumors that Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers might retire rather than continue playing in Green Bay. But while Rodgers ultimately returned to the team, there may have been more to the rumors than we thought.
In an interview with FOX’s Erin Andrews, Rodgers explained that there was a time where he contemplated retirement. He said that there were points where he wasn’t sure if he was ready to commit to playing this year.
“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 didn’t feel like I was ready to fully do that and until I was, you know, it was a possibility.”
But Rodgers managed to overcome that hurdle. He agreed to rejoin the Packers for the 2021 season, hoping to finish last year’s job and win a Super Bowl.
“If they wanted to make a change, even though I just won MVP and didn’t see my future with the team past 2021, then why wait?”
@ErinAndrews sat down with @AaronRodgers12 to discuss the eventful offseason for the Packers QB: pic.twitter.com/AxJvpfcm9C
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Aaron Rodgers won the NFL MVP award last year after throwing for a league-leading and career-high 48 touchdowns. But after losing the NFC Championship Game, rumors of his discontent with the Packers emerged.
In the ensuing months, countless reports and rumors of his plans for 2021 came out. Everything from retirement to trades crossed the wire as possibilities.
But Rodgers announced in the summer that everything between him and the team had been resolved. He will start in today’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
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