Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers joined the Pat McAfee Show, and he was asked about his future with the team. He didn’t sound too worried:
“Nothing’s really changed,” the 37-year-old quarterback said. “My future, really a lot of it is out of my control. That’s why I use words, a phrase like ‘beautiful mystery,’ because it is quite uncertain which direction things are going to go. All I can do is play my best. I feel like last year I did do that and may have thrown a wrench into some timelines that may have been thought about or desired. But ultimately, things haven’t really changed on that front.”
Rodgers continued with his mature stance on the whole thing:
“I meant what I said last year about really being at peace with the whole thing, and that hasn’t changed. I feel good about the way I played. I feel good about the way I led. I loved our interactions and everything that this show provided for me last year. I think people got a raw look at honest conversation about the future and someone who’s not bitter or disappointed or frustrated about things they realize they can’t control. My future is one of them, and I’ve kind of surrendered to what’s going to happen and just confident in what I bring to the table and how I played last year and everything else is kind of for speculation, and I’m sure there’ll be plenty of it.”
The MVP seems to be adopting an outlook that ditches that cliché “it’s a business” saying. That phrase often implies that every move a front office makes that doesn’t include you is betrayal, and Rodgers looks to be past that.
Rodgers remains under contract through the end of the 2023 season and plenty of analysts believed he would try and force his way out. Some said the San Francisco 49ers would be on his list, but the Packers star doesn’t seem too caught up on control. Most athletes today want to play in the perfect situation, for the most money, all while keeping everyone else happy. Rodgers’ stance is refreshing and should become more common.
He did drop some shade in there:
The talk about “timeline” was really just Aaron Rodgers subtly saying: “Remember when the Packers thought I was done, drafted UCLA quarterback Jordan Love in the first round, and then I was MVP? Good times.”