NFL: Aaron Rodgers Speaks Out on Whether He’s Ready for Retirement

by Josh Lanier

Aaron Rodgers wanted to clear the air about recent rumors that he was retiring. The Green Bay Packers quarterback went on The Pat McAfee Show recently and said he is far from done.

“I don’t think I’m done by any stretch of the imagination,” he told the former Colts punter turned comic. Adding, “Even though some people thought so this offseason.”

Rodgers, who turned 37 Wednesday, proved he still has the ability to play quarterback in the NFL this week with a dominant win over the Chicago Bears. Moreover, he passed 50,000 yards passing in his career, a feat only 10 other quarterbacks have accomplished. According to Sports Illustrated, only Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got to 50,000 yards with fewer pass attempts.

Rodgers’ Packers are 8-3 and the team currently leads the NFC North.

Rodgers said he feels “super-comfortable” in the offense this season, according to ProFootball Talk. That’s because of the work the team did in the offseason, he said. As well as “the subtleties of simplicity” of head coach Matt LaFleur’s style.

Aaron Rodgers On His Future In Green Bay

Speculation over whether Green Bay would keep Rodgers behind center going forward ramped up this offseason. The Packers traded up to draft Utah quarterback Jordan Love. At the time, Rodgers said he was surprised by the pick, but he understood why the team wanted to choose his replacement, ESPN reported.

“And as much as I understand the organization’s future outlook and wanting to make sure they’re thinking about the team now and down the line — and I respect that — at the same time, I still believe in myself and have a strong desire to play into my 40s. And I’m just not sure how that all works together at this point.”

Rodgers signed an extension to play with the Packers for three more seasons after this one. But he knows something about back-ups replacing legends who are still under contract in Green Bay. He sat behind NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre for three seasons before the team abruptly traded Favre to the Jets in 2008 to give Rodgers the starting job.

Favre recently told Rich Eisen that he doesn’t believe Rodgers will finish his career with the Packers. But Rodgers hopes he can make that happen. He expressed that hope in the offseason, after the team drafted Love, according to ESPN. Though, he said he would accept whatever happens.

“I think what it does is just reinforce kind of the adage that you can only control what you can control,” Rodgers said. “It’s always been a mantra for myself, but I think any great athlete there’s things that are just out of our control. …”

Rodgers will lead the Packers on Sunday as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles.