‘If You’re Thinking About Retiring, You’re Already Retired’- NFL Legend Delivers Damning Statement to Aaron Rodgers

Published 09/18/2021, 9:52 AM EDT
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 08: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on before the preseason game against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field on August 08, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)


Former wide receiver turned American sports commentator, Michael Irvin on Friday poked Aaron Rodgers with a harsh comment. His remarks were directed to the veteran’s unsatisfactory performance against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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He pinned the offseason drama that Aaron Rodgers went through with an on and off relationship with the franchise. His take was hard and straightforward, which might upset some of the veteran’s fans.

Sep 12, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) covers his ears in the huddle during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Irvin’s remarks on Aaron Rodgers

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Irvin pointing at the week 1 struggles of the Packers’ quarterback said, “This game is too hard, that’s why you hear people say, if you’re talking about or thinking about retiring, you’re already retired.

“So,” Irvin continued, “Aaron was thinking about not playing. And it showed up, man.” Irvin didn’t beat around the bush and went straight to the point. He believes that the very thought of getting retired reflects in one way or another in the performance. And when this happens, it is time to let go.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – SEPTEMBER 27: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts to a call during a NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 27, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Irvin, however, believes that this can be reversed, as he said, “I expect him to play much better.” This proves the point that even the critiques believe that the quarterback, despite giving a pitiful performance against the Saints, still has the spark left in him somewhere.

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Rodgers will bounce back

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Aaron Rodgers certainly had the most eye-catching offseason of the year. Rodgers had a long dispute over his contract with the Packers and at one point, he even came very close to the decision of getting retired. Rodgers even refused to practice or workout with the Packers and took a long worldwide trip with his fiancee, Shailene Woodley instead.

Aaron Rodgers reporting at Lambeau Field for the Green Bay Packers training camp. (Photo credit – Green Bay Packers/ Twitter)

Although he also raised hopes of the fans as he said, “You’ve got to hope that he is ready, because there’s nothing that you can say.” However, it is pretty much expected that the Packers star will bounce back hard and make it clear to his critiques that he has so much football left in him.

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His encounter with the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football will break all odds and show everyone that age is just a number.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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