Nobody but Aaron Rodgers truly knows if he’s planning to retire in the near future.
The Rodgers-Packers relationship has been a roller-coaster over the last two years. Three months after a heartbreaking loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2020 NFC Championship Game, Rodgers requested a trade from the only NFL organization he had ever known.
Packers management held firm on keeping Rodgers. He wound up returning for the 2021 campaign, won his fourth MVP award and agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $150 million in the offseason.
Only Rodgers knows what his long-term future holds. He isn’t one to give away many hints, after all. But the future Hall of Famer discussed the topic of his post-playing future during his latest appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” (h/t Christopher Kuhagen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).
In the interview with McAfee, Rodgers admitted that it’ll be “tough” moving on from the career as a professional football player:
“It’s been an awesome run. I’m really proud of what I’ve accomplished. I’m not, like, looking forward to the end. Life after football is going to be a tough transition as it is for every player. I don’t know when that’s going to be. I don’t know if it’s going to be after the season, after three more seasons. There will be decisions we’ll have later down the road.”
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As for Rodgers? It’s really anybody’s guess what he’ll look at in his post-football career, but he’ll definitely have his fair share of options.
Rodgers and the Packers are in the midst of a frustrating season in which they’ve dropped seven of their first 11 games. Remember, this is a team that recorded three straight 13-win seasons from 2019 to 2021, with two NFC title game appearances.
Rodgers hasn’t shown any signs of wanting out of Green Bay again. But if they miss the playoffs and suffer their first losing season since 2018, one can only wonder if the soon-to-be 39-year-old will once again explore a trade.
The Packers will try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive when they visit the NFL’s best team, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Sunday evening.