Aaron Rodgers almost broke the internet with the comments he made about his future with the Green Bay Packers following his team’s NFC Championship Game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He made it seem like he could leave Green Bay this offseason. This led to many fans and media members speculating what teams he could play for next year. However, Rodgers has since clarified his comments and he sent a strong message about his future while doing it.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers lost in the NFC Championship Game
Aaron Rodgers had an incredible 2020 season. He actually had arguably the best season of his career this year at 36 and 37 years old. Rodgers threw for 4,299 yards and a league-leading 48 touchdown passes, the most he has thrown in a single-season in his career. He also posted a 70.7% completion percentage, his highest mark since becoming the Packers’ starter.
Rodgers’ play led Green Bay to a 13-3 record for the second consecutive season. He also took them to a second straight NFC Championship Game, and their fourth NFC title game in seven seasons.
However, despite Rodgers throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the NFC Championship, the Packers lost to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-26.
This led to him making some questionable comments after the game.
Aaron Rodgers said that his future is uncertain
Many people expect Rodgers to win this season’s league MVP award. If he were to leave the Packers this offseason, it would be one of the biggest moves in NFL history.
However, after the NFC Championship Game, Rodgers said this about his future.
“[The Packers have] a lot of guys’ futures that are uncertain — myself included,” he said, according to ESPN. “That’s what’s sad about it, most, getting this far. Obviously, it’s going to be an end at some point, whether we make it past this one or not, but just the uncertainty’s tough and finality of it all.”
These comments set social media on fire. Fans began speculating if he could go to teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, or New England Patriots.
He has since clarified those comments.
Aaron Rodgers sent a strong message about his future with the Packers
Despite the loss, Rodgers surprisingly still appeared on the Jan. 26 episode of The Pat McAfee Show.
This is what he said about his post-game comments.
“I don’t feel like I said anything that I hadn’t said before,” Rodgers said. “It was more of a realization I think that ultimately my future is not necessarily in my control. … Obviously, after the season that I had, potentially winning MVP, and we obviously made another good run, I don’t think that there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back, but there’s not many absolutes in this business. So, to make an absolute statement about something that is not an absolute, I didn’t do it, and I guess that’s why it went kind of nuts.”
Rodgers continued: “I don’t think people are used to hearing the truth from athletes. So, when they hear the truth, it’s so surprising at times. That’s why this show, I think, has been so different; it’s because you’re hearing somebody who has been around a long time who talks to people that he likes and shares real, non-pre-rehearsed, non-robotic comments. That’s all I said after the game. I’m 15 minutes from crying in the locker room with some of my teammates. … To me, a reality, not a certainty or an absolute, is that my future is not in my hands.”
He also said that being a Packer for life is a “dream scenario.” However, reality kicked in when Green Bay selected Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL draft.
“It was more just like the reality kicking in going, ‘Hey, that’s actually never the case. There are no absolutes in this business,’” Rodgers said. “And I think it’s a beautiful thing to sit with and to wrap your head around, and I did. I got to a beautiful place about it. It doesn’t mean that’s not still a reality. … I just reiterated that after the game.”
Well, based on what the Packers have said and what Rodgers has said, it appears that Rodgers will be in Green Bay next season. The speculation was fun while it lasted, though.
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