‘I Was 50/50’ – Aaron Rodgers Says Retirement Was Definitely on His Mind Ahead of 2021 NFL Season

Published 08/19/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
FOXBOROUGH, MA – NOVEMBER 04: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts as he holds his right wrist during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)


The Green Bay Packers were caught in a rut this offseason. Given their standoff with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the front office were at the receiving end of questions from team shareholders. 

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A trade was apparently on the cards. But then other rumors too emerged. Retirement. Yes, you heard it right, there were rumors of the 2020 NFL MVP actually retiring. 

SANTA CLARA, CA – OCTOBER 04: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on from the sidelines during their NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

And it seems like those weren’t just rumors. The quarterback recently announced that he was indeed close to retiring before the start of the 2021 NFL season. 

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Aaron Rodgers was close to calling it quits

Appearing on Dan Le Batard & Friends podcast, Aaron Rodgers revealed that he was actually close to retiring than many might expect. 

“I mean, I felt going into the weekend before camp that I was 50/50,” Rodgers said. The quarterback had skipped the Packers’ OTAs and minicamp and only turned up for the side’s training camp. 

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While one might not be able to fathom the idea of the reigning league MVP calling it quits, Aaron Rodgers reiterated that it indeed was close to turning into reality.

“I don’t care if people don’t believe that. That’s true. There were some things that got me to 50/50 for sure, and you know I spent a couple of days in silence and meditation and contemplation and really felt like that I should come back,” he said. 

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ASHWAUBENON, WISCONSIN – JULY 28: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers works out during training camp at Ray Nitschke Field on July 28, 2021 in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Packers quarterback has assured though that he is committed to the franchise and is looking to invest his full energy towards helping the Packers win a Super Bowl in 2021.

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“There’s a lot of opportunities for growth and exciting things in Green Bay and that felt like the right thing to do.”

Despite the franchise drafting his replacement in 2020, Rodgers turned back the clock in 202o to put up an MVP season. With 4,299 passing yards, and 48 touchdowns the quarterback showed that given the form he’s in, he’s shouldn’t even think of retiring.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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