Being drafted into the NFL, and eventually becoming the starting quarterback, has a huge impact on that person. Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, is no different.
Rodgers has spent the majority of his career in the shadow of Brett Favre, either as his backup or being compared to the Hall of Fame quarterback. But Rodgers is definitely a worthy successor to Favre and is one of the best quarterbacks in the modern era. Has it gone to his head? Some NFL fans think so.
Aaron Rodgers’ incredible career with the Green Bay Packers
Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2005 draft, Rodgers has gone from Brett Favre’s apprentice to starting quarterback and the face of the Packers. In 2010, Rodgers led the Packers to the Super Bowl, where they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rodgers earned the Super Bowl MVP.
In 2011, Rodgers finished the season with an NFL-record 122.5 passer rating and only lost one game during the regular season. But the Packers were knocked out of the playoffs in their first game. Even with the early exit in the playoffs, Rodgers was still named the NFL MVP that season.
In 2014, he was once again named the league MVP, throwing for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns, and only five interceptions, and leading the Packers to the NFC championship game. The Packers lost to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime in, as CBS reports. It was one of the best NFC Championship games in history.
Rodgers has had difficulty with a broken collarbone over the last few seasons. But in 2020, he was once again named the NFL MVP, throwing for 4,299 yards, 48 touchdowns, and only five interceptions. The Packers lost in the NFC Championship game, once again — this time to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rodgers readily admits money and fame have changed him
In 2013, USA Today spoke with Rodgers, who, at the time, had been the starting quarterback for the Packers for five years. Rodgers still considered himself a regular guy. He stated, “I do all the normal things. I cut the grass.” He also goes grocery shopping and gets his oil changed from time to time.
But the quarterback also admitted that all the money and fame had changed him. Mostly, he talked about being in the public eye more and having to be careful about things you do and say. Rodgers also said being recognized took a lot of getting used to, but “it’s just a normal part of life now.”
Aaron Rodgers’ net worth has skyrocketed
In 2013, Rodgers signed a five-year, $110 million contract that made him the highest-paid NFL player at the time. The now-37-year-old is worth around $120 million. Obviously, much of this comes from his NFL career, including a contract extension in 2018 worth about $180 million after bonuses.
But Rodgers also gets a significant amount of his income from endorsements. He has partnered with brands such as Pizza Hut, Sharpie, and Adidas, as well as State Farm, which accounts for a large portion of his net worth.
No matter how it happens, money and fame typically change a person. Some people let it go to their head; some remain humble. In 2013, Rodgers was definitely in the latter group. But after the 2020 season, during the offseason drama, he seems to be letting it go to his head.
After a disastrous game in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season, the Packers have rebounded to a 2-1 record. Rodgers might need to eat humble pie sometimes. But there is still a lot of games left to play this year.