Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has opened up about his future with the organisation and how he expects to end his career.
The Green Bay Packers struck gold when they found Aaron Rodgers in the 2005 NFL Draft, even if it took them a few years to put him into the side whilst they waited for Brett Favre to retire, but he has certainly been worth the wait as they were able to transition from one Hall of Fame quarterback to, more than likely, another.
With 55,360 passing yards and 449 touchdowns under his belt in a career that has seen him win a Super Bowl back in 2010 and 4 NFL MVP awards during his career, he has thrust himself into the discussion of the best quarterback of his generation, and if he’d have just managed to grab a few more Lombardi Trophies, the G.O.A.T debate with Tom Brady might have been a little bit closer.
However, the past few years have been anything but smooth when it comes to his relationship with the team that drafted him?
What’s been going on?
Things haven’t been great between the two sides for some years, with bad blood reportedly disseminating from Rodgers’ relationship with former head coach Mike McCarthy, which resulted in Rodgers changing plays from the ones McCarthy had called.
But things really took a turn for the worse when during the 2020 NFL Draft, the Packers took Jordan Love, a quarterback from Utah State, with the inference being that he would take over from Rodgers eventually, when it could be argued that the pick should have been used to get the team immediate help rather than looking to the future.
Coaching problems continued despite McCarthy’s firing, as during the 2021 NFC Championship game, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur elected to kick a field goal on a crucial 4th down play rather than go for a touchdown that could have tied the game with a 2-point conversion, something that left Rodgers angry afterwards:
He even addressed his future and seemed to hint as though he might not stay with the Packers for much longer:
Aaron Rodgers: “A lot of guys futures, they’re uncertain, myself included.”— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) January 25, 2021
A change of heart?
However, it seems as if things have changed for the 38-year-old, because it looks as if he now has the intention of staying in Green Bay for the rest of his career.
Speaking with ESPN, he was asked whether or not he planned to finish his career with the team, to which he gave a pretty emphatic response, before going on to talk about just how much more he has left in the tank to carry on his career:
“If you say I’m for sure playing two more, three years and then you have a magical season that ends with a championship and think that that might be the best way to ride off, I don’t want to commit to something. You say, I’m only playing one more year and you have a bitter taste in your mouth and still got the drive and the passion to play one or two more years, I just don’t want to get pigeonholed into it.
“So I’m focused on this season.”
So hopefully this puts to bed any talk about retirement or what his future holds for the time being. Although given how he’s acted in the past, don’t be too surprised if things change once again.