Aaron Rodgers has been synonymous with football for nearly two decades as the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, but as he nears the end of his career — wherever that may be — he admits it’s not “all the ball, all the time.”
Remember, the 39-year-old had seriously considered retiring after the 2020 season and wanted to be “The Jeopard” full time! host not long ago after serving as a guest host for two weeks. And in the off-season, he’s made the rounds as a regular podcast talking about his ayahuasca use.
“Of course you think about life after football,” Rodgers said during his weekly appearance Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “It’s not like turning it on at some points and turning it off. When you have interests outside of the game, there are always things that come up that you spend time doing in some of your spare time that you’ll do more of when you’re done playing. Of course, there’s that thought.”
After Rodgers won back-to-back MVP awards and led the Packers to a top seed in the NFC for the playoffs in 2020 and 2021, the organization fell short of expectations in 2022.
Rodgers and the Packers lost six of their seven games, falling to 4-7 and tied for 11th in the NFC standings. Rodgers said that even with his overseas interests, he remains focused on the season and the preparations that go into matches.
“That doesn’t change,” said Rodgers, who has a 19:7 touchdown percentage with an interception average of 93.2 (only one other season has finished with a lower QAR average).
But Rodgers added that his mind also goes to those other interests “from time to time.”
Rodgers said: “I’m looking forward to these. Those aren’t in my way. Those near the back. But to sit here and say everything with the ball all the time, blah blah blah (expletive). That’s not who I am.”
“There is life after football and there is life outside football even during the season,” Rodgers continued. “It’s important to maintain that balance. You’re motivated, it’s all there, you just have to find ways to tweak the little things to make it better and more effective, but you’re also a person. You have a life.”
Aaron Rodgers has no plans to get into coaching when he retires
So what is his post-football life like?
“Definitely not training, I can tell you,” Rodgers said on Tuesday. “I have no interest in being in the facility all day and guarding my office.”
While he has “no interest” in following the lead of previous players who have traded in pads for a headset as head coach, Rodgers said the “management side” would be the only thing that would interest him a bit.
“It’s a very small interest,” Rodgers explained.
McAfee and AJ Hawk, Rodgers’ former teammate and close friend who joined McAfee as co-host, asked him if he could see himself getting into the media business, like Tom Brady is set to do after he signed a 10-year, $375 contract. A million deals with Fox this offseason.
Rodgers asked if there were other options.
What about politics?
“You’ll be great at it,” Hook told him.
The co-hosts joked that Rodgers could be a hippie or a shaman. Rodgers, of course, talked about his use of the hallucinogenic plant drug ayahuasca.
“Maybe a Sherpa,” Rodgers finally said.
Rodgers is “not looking forward to the end” when that comes
Despite Rodgers’ extended last offseason that gave him the highest average salary in the NFL ($50 million for the first three years), Rodgers admitted he wasn’t sure how long he would play.
“It was a great run,” said Rodgers, who is in his 18th NFL season and 15th as the Packers’ quarterback. “I’m really proud of what I’ve accomplished. I’m not looking forward to the end. Life after football is going to be a difficult transition as it is for every player. I don’t know when it will happen. I don’t know if it will be after the season or after three more seasons. There will be decisions We’ll take it later on the road.”
The 2022 season continues for Rodgers and the Packers, who are coming off their sixth defeat in seven games, this week at the NFC-leading Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) on “Sunday Night Football.”
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