Former Packers Teammate Rules Out Possibility of Aaron Rodgers Retiring

Published 05/04/2021, 12:49 PM EDT
Jan 3, 2021; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes against the Chicago Bears during their football game Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK


The Aaron Rodgers saga has brought the eyes of the NFL to Lambeau Field. News broke out last week that Aaron Rodgers is looking to make his exeunt from Green Bay.

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And since then, that has been the story dominating all news cycles across the league. Some have even suggested that retirement is an option for Rodgers if the Packers don’t let him go. However, one former teammate has rebuffed that idea.

Former Green Bay Packers teammate AJ Hawk spoke to Pat McAfee about Aaron Rodgers. He believes that the reigning league MVP will not be retiring ahead of the new season. In fact, he rules out the possibility of it entirely.

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Hawk pointed to Rodgers speaking about the game of football, and how passionate he was about competition. That passion made it clear that retirement was not an option for him.

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“So that’s one thing I absolutely could say. My opinion would be there is a 0% chance Aaron retires…Did people really think that was a possibility? But if you actually look at it Pat, just go back…

“But you go back and you listen to him speak on like the competitive nature of what football is and what it brings to him, you really think that dude is going to walk away from the game?”

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While very few analysts gave merit to the idea of Rodgers actually retiring, it was a cause of concern for Packers fans. Rodgers wanting to leave doesn’t put an end to the matter. The Green Bay Packers organization has to agree to let him go via a trade.

And Packers GM Brian Gutekunst has already ruled out the possibility of letting Rodgers go via a trade. However, that could be to drive up his price, but no one can be sure right now.

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Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the first half of a NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Rodgers has seemingly had enough in Green Bay. However, there seems to be more to it. Rodgers has spoken very kind words about the Packers franchise, fan base, and the city of Green Bay. So it doesn’t appear as though he wants to leave.

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But rather, he doesn’t see any other choice but to leave. However, the organization is doing its best to try to retain him. Whether that will work is something that remains to be seen.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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