Speculation swirled on Aaron Rodgers’ status in Green Bay ever since the Packers were eliminated from the playoffs Sunday in the NFC championship game. Immediately following the game, Rodgers was cryptic about his future, saying “A lot of guys’ futures, they’re uncertain — myself included.”
On Tuesday, Rodgers addressed the stir he caused head-on. In an interview on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers said that he was just being honest about his future with the team, and he wasn’t talking specifically about his plan for next season.
“I don’t feel like I said anything I hadn’t said before [on Sunday],” Rodgers said on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
“I said it the first time I talked to the media. It was more a realization, I think, that ultimately my future is not necessarily in my control. And I think that just hit me in the moment, I was thinking about Aaron Jones, Corey Linsley, other guys we have under contract, Big Dog [Marcedes Lewis], guys who I don’t know what their future is going to be. And myself included.”
Rodgers (mostly) quashes retirement rumors
After breaking down his Sunday comments, Rodgers then quashed any talk that he would retire or leave the Packers — mostly.
“You know, now obviously after the season that I had, potentially winning an MVP, and we obviously made another good run, I don’t think that there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back,” Rodgers said. “But, look, there’s not many absolutes, as you guys know in this business. So to make an absolute statement about something that is not an absolute, I didn’t do it. And that’s why it went kind of nuts.”
Rodgers has three years and $74.4 million left on his Packers contract, according to Spotrac. He said that he plans to return – but Rodgers left the door open just a crack because he has no idea what the future will hold. He told the hosts he’s phrasing his remarks that way because it’s the truth.
“I don’t think people are used to hearing the truth from athletes, and when they hear the truth it’s so surprising at times.”
That’s why he answered the way he did Sunday. He was emotional and he told the truth, which wasn’t what people were expecting.
“I’m 15 minutes from crying in the locker room with some of my teammates, like ‘come and sit down and do this interview,’ and they ask me questions, I give real answers, like I do on this show. And to me, a reality, not a certainty, or an absolute, is that my future is not in my hands.”
Aaron Rodgers is more than an NFL quarterback. He’s a philosophical truth teller.
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