Aaron Rodgers is focused on the moment, his next game. So please don’t ask him about his plans beyond Sunday’s NFC championship game. You won’t get a definitive answer.
Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers quarterback, is concentrating solely on his team’s game against Tampa Bay. The winner heads to the Super Bowl. So ask Rodgers about anything other than Sunday’s game and you’ll get a response like this:
“I hope there’s more opportunities, especially this year as much as anything, and enjoy the moments. But I don’t know. I really don’t,” Aaron Rodgers told reporters who cover Green Bay. “That’s outside of my control. … My future is a beautiful mystery, I think.”
As always, Sunday’s title game will be about the quarterbacks. There’s Aaron Rodgers and his future. And there’s Tampa’s Tom Brady, the 43-year-old quarterback who is trying to take another team besides the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl.
Aaron Rodgers Is Enjoying Incredible Season
There’s nothing mysterious about Aaron Rodgers play this season. He seems ageless. The Packers are the top seed in the NFC playoffs. And Rodgers is enjoying the type of season that can win players an MVP trophy.
He completed 23 of his 36 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Los Angeles Rams last Saturday in the NFC divisional playoff round. In the regular season, Rodgers completed 70.7 percent of his passes for 4,299 yards and 48 touchdowns.
Stats are nice. The goal is the Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers is headed to his fifth career NFC title game. But he’s won only one of them. That was a decade ago when Rodgers was in his third year as a starter.
Rodgers is 37 now. A decade is a long time to wait for quarterback who wants to prove he’s among the best ever.
Did Green Bay Already Pick QB Of Future?
Green Bay ignited questions about Rodgers future when the Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of April’s draft. The Packers even traded up to do so. But teams that draft late in the first round sometimes focus mostly on talent, regardless of position, and don’t select based on immediate need.
Rodgers’ play this year has given no indication that he’s lost his touch. Green Bay may not need a quarterback any time soon.
“The present is such a gift,” Rodgers said. “To be able to stay in the moment and to have gratitude for being in this situation again, and being with the guys and having fans in our stadium and maybe snow in an NFC Championship Game. I’m going to enjoy these moments for sure, and just not worry about what happens down the line.”
Rodgers also added: “I’m thankful for the opportunity again to be leading these guys, to have played the way I want to play, to be called upon for a greater leadership role.
“Those things are really, really important to me. But all that other stuff … is stuff that I’m just not going to focus on. Because to me it is a beautiful mystery what happens down the line, but there’ll be a time when we meet that future, and right now I’m just going to enjoy the present.”