While legendary NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t believe he’s ready to retire, he recently admitted he wouldn’t be opposed to saying farewell to the Green Bay Packers.
For months, the quarterback’s future in the league was cloudy. Many fans questioned if he would call it quits for good, saddle up for another season with Green Bay, or expand his resume with another team. Although rumors have been circling consistently, the first official signs of Rodgers moving on occurred when the Packers president Mark Murphy referred to the quarterback’s career in the past tense.
“Very few players play for only one team,” Murphy said to local WBAY, according to NBC Sports. “Brett had a great career here. Aaron had a great career here. And regardless of what happens, Aaron’ll be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’ll be in our Hall of Fame, and we’ll bring him back and retire his number.”
But, is it possible Murphy had a slip-up? According to Rodgers himself, the answer is likely no. During his appearance on The Pat McAfeeShow on Wednesday afternoon, the 39-year-old athlete admitted his intention is to play for The New York Jets in the upcoming NFL season.
“I will say this, this isn’t a decision day. This isn’t me announcing to the world what’s going on. We’re days past this. This is clearing things up,” Rodgers said. “Since Friday, my intention was to play and play for the NY Jets.”
Aaron Rodgers passes down the Green Bay Packers torch to Jordan Love
“It’s the reality. They [The Packers] want to move on. They don’t want me to come back, and that’s fine. They want to move on with Jordan [Love.] He’s an (expletive) great kid,” he continued, openly discussing his team’s involvement with their rookie quarterback. “He had a really great year this year, and he’s getting better. He’s got a bright future in front of him, and they have a good, young team.”
However, this decision wasn’t made without serious contemplation. In fact, Rodgers shared it took undergoing a darkness retreat to decide what was best for his future.
Last month, the quarterback relayed that he spent four days in an isolated cabin in total darkness “to contemplate all things” and “make a decision that I feel like is best for me moving forward in the highest interest in my happiness.”
Despite the fact that he was about “90%” ready to retire prior to the retreat, he left the cabin knowing he wanted to continue his career in the NFL. Now, it’s just a waiting game to see what Rodgers on the New York Jets will look like.
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