Aaron Rodgers is viewed as a hero in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 16 seasons with the Packers, he’s been named All-Pro twice, received nine Pro Bowl nominations, and won two NFL MVPs. Most importantly, Rodgers won a Super Bowl title in 2010.
In a recent interview on the Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers talked about his career, and how at age 37, he feels as good as ever and believes he can play for at least a couple more seasons. That’s great news for Packers fans. The bad news is he attributed much of his good condition to his diet and what it doesn’t include, which Rodgers candidly admitted will upset a lot of his fanbase.
Aaron Rodgers has had a Hall of Fame career
Aaron Rodgers is undoubtedly Canton-bound when his playing days are over. In 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Rodgers has proven year after year to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Since 2008 when he became the full-time starter, Rodgers has consistently played at a high level earning nine Pro Bowl honors and two All-Pro nods in 2011 and 2014, the same years he won NFL MVP. Impressively, Rodgers has guided the Packers to the playoffs in 10 out of the 12 seasons he’s been the starter.
Last season he took Green Bay to the NFC championship game, the fourth time under his leadership. Despite losing to the 49ers and falling short of the Super Bowl, Aaron Rodgers and the team believed with the core group of players on both sides of the ball returning in 2020, this season the team could take that next step for a chance at another Super Bowl crown.
Aaron Rodgers has never felt as good this late in a season
When Aaron Rodgers set his sights on the 2020 NFL season, he never imagined playing in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that would disrupt the entire sports landscape. For the NFL, that meant dramatic changes in the offseason, which resulted in no training sessions, an abbreviated training camp, and no preseason games.
For Rodgers, that limited amount of training worked in his favor, and two games into the 2020 season, he admitted as much on the Pat McAfee Show on SiriusXM in September.
“I think the way we did the schedule this year with the lead-in time, the first couple of weeks felt kind of like an early offseason schedule,” Rodgers acknowledged. “I told a friend of mine this is the first training camp in the last 16, the first time ever, that my arm hasn’t hurt at one point during training camp.”
That lack of wear and tear before the season and staying upright throughout most of it (sacked 20 times), Aaron Rodgers had what many consider to be another MVP year and the best season of his career in a couple of critical statistical categories, including a league-leading 48 touchdowns and an NFL-best 70.7 completion percentage.
The reason he feels better is upsetting to much of the Packers fanbase
For the second consecutive season, Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to a 13-3 record and an NFC North title. The 37-year-old signal caller told Pat McAfee in a recent interview it wasn’t by accident and that his body is a big reason for his success.
“It feels great. I haven’t been on the injury report all season, which has got to be the first in a while. Didn’t even miss a day of practice all season. If that says anything, it says I probably got a few more years left in the old body,” Rodgers said, which has to be music to the ears of Green Bay Packer fans.
Unfortunately for those same Green and Gold faithful living in the state known as America’s Dairyland, Rodgers attributes a large part of his good health to the lack of consuming the state’s leading export.
“The great people of Wisconsin don’t like hearing this a lot, but I’m going to say it because it’s the truth, cutting gluten, and probably most importantly for me and my own blood type, dairy, out of my diet has really made a difference in my body,” Rodgers said. “It’s changed the way my joints respond. It’s changed the way my skin and body responds. I don’t feel bloated all the time. I don’t feel kind of slow and foggy.”
Aaron Rodgers said he formed this conclusion over years of testing his body, and the removal of both from his diet has made a discernible difference.
“Cutting out gluten and dairy has been a big part of having less inflammation in my body. Less inflammation, you’re going to be healthier, and I just haven’t had the joint issues that I have in years past. The diet has been a big part of it.”
While his words are upsetting to most Wisconsinites because it’s undeniably bad for business, Packers fans are some of the most loyal in all of sports and would likely forgive his dislike for dairy if he can bring another Lombardi Trophy back to its rightful home.