Aaron Rodgers raised many eyebrows when he said he anticipates a quick resolution to his playing future this offseason. Rodgers left open the possibilities of returning to the Green Bay Packers, playing for another team, or retiring.
The 38-year-old QB stated on ‘The Pat McAfee Show‘ that he loves playing because it’s his “happy place.” When asked to clarify his comment son Wednesday, he noted that retirement is very much still on the table.
“I wouldn’t rule that out,” Rodgers explained. “I’m just enjoying this season for this season, and I think playing next year will definitely be in the thought process. One of the things — wanting to not be a bum on the way out, and still being able to play [well] is important to me.
“If this year has taught me anything, it’s I still can play. I still have a love for the game. I’m still super competitive and still enjoy the process of the week. I miss practice, and it’s tough to not be out there. I still do love competing and I love being out there.”
“It won’t be something where I’ll drag it out for months and months,” Rodgers said at the end of a lengthy answer about his future.
“I’m not going to hold the team back from anything,” Rodgers said. “And once I commit — and if it’s committing to move forward here — it will be a quick decision.”
Nearly a year ago, Rodgers called his future with the Packers a “beautiful mystery.”
A lot has changed for Rodgers as he is in a committed relationship with Shailene Woodley which is currently headed for marriage. Rodgers even gushed about having kids one day with fiancée Shailene Woodley.
“I’m in that age group where a lot of my close friends from high school and college are fathers now and have families of their own,” he said during a Thursday, March 4, Instagram Live with Zenith Watches’ CEO, Julien Tornare.
“It’s maybe not in the immediate future but definitely something that I really look forward to. I’ve done a pretty good job at taking care of myself for the last 37 years and look forward to taking care of another life at some point too. I just think it’s going to be so fun.”
The athlete’s “next great challenge” will be fatherhood, he added, noting that he has “always dreamt about” starting a family.
Rodgers certainly had a fun offseason with his soon-to-be wife, so things going in a great direction off the field might have the reigning MVP thinking about life off the field forever.