“Dont Want a Farewell Tour” – Packers Great Aaron Rodgers Hints at Final Season in Wisconsin

Published 08/19/2021, 11:11 AM EDT
ASHWAUBENON, WISCONSIN – JULY 29: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers works out during training camp at Ray Nitschke Field on July 29, 2021 in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)


Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers went back and forth all summer due to his contract issue. The veteran NFL quarterback suffered yet another NFC Championship heartbreak as the Packers lost to eventual Super Bowl LV winners, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, earlier this year.

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Almost immediately after the narrow 26-31 loss, Rodgers was reportedly eyeing a move away from Wisconsin in search of a new challenge. But Packers GM Brian Gutekunst and the senior management refused to budge. Instead, both parties worked on a new and restructured deal which keeps A-Rod at Lambeau Field for another year.

But with his current contract set to expire in 2022, only time will tell if Rodgers will put on the green and yellow jersey next season.

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Is this the ‘Last Dance’ for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers?

Speaking to the press amidst the ongoing preseason preparation, 2020 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers spoke about his desire to just enjoy this season with his beloved Green Bay Packers.

“I don’t want a farewell tour. I don’t know what’s going to happen after the season, but I’m going to enjoy it with the right perspective, for sure, and not look at it as I’m getting through this. I’m going to enjoy the hell out of all of it.”

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 08: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after getting the win against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field on December 08, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

“The reason I approached it like that is I just knew when the pick was made that the clock had started, for sure. And I thought unless there was something in the season that really made me feel like I’m going to be here past 2021 that maybe this would be my last year”

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“But, I’m glad that I enjoyed every moment, I’m glad that I led exactly the way I wanted to lead and looked for those conversations with certain guys that needed a pick-me-up at different times. I took the headphones off and enjoyed the surroundings and the road trips and the time with the guys. Yeah, it’s a good template, for sure,” Rodgers said via ESPN.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – DECEMBER 13: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on and smiles after the win against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 13, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

It will be interesting to see how Rodgers performs once the season starts in September. But surely, a number of NFL teams will be keeping their eye on this star man as the year goes on.

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Maybe a move to a team such as the New Orleans Saints or New England Patriots is still on the cards for A-Rod? Watch this space for more.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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