‘It Was a Little Strange’ – Aaron Rodgers Says He Felt Like an Outsider Upon Return to Green Bay

Published 08/26/2021, 9:43 AM EDT
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 Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers were involved in the biggest headline-grabbing transfer saga of the summer. The franchise QB wanted out as he felt the team’s front office hadn’t been paying him the respect he deserves. 

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Skipping the side’s OTA’s and mini-training camp, Rodgers’ message went out loud and clear. And finally, the Packers listened. The front office reworked Aaron Rodgers’ contract and accepted multiple other demands which includes the trade for wide receiver Randall Cobb. 

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)

But the holding out did leave the quarterback in murky waters. While his teammates and coaches respected his decision, they too were mostly left in the blue regarding the situation. 

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So upon his return, things definitely felt a little out of place for Aaron Rodgers. 

Aaron Rodgers left feeling blue after Packers return

During a segment of the Pat McAfee Show, Aaron Rodgers was asked about how he felt after returning to Lambeau Field to train again. The quarterback responded by saying that things took time to settle in.

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“It was a little strange coming in,” Rodgers said. “I said yesterday to Jim Rome that it felt like the first day of school, kind of, in a new school.”

Rodgers drew parallels to his time back in school. Growing up the quarterback travelled a lot and almost found the feeling similar to his high school days. 

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“We moved a lot growing up, I went to like seven or eight different schools through high school, and you know that feeling. Like, first day you almost feel like the new guy, the outsider, I felt little bit like that walking into the locker room the first time,” he said.

But that anxiety soon went away when Rodgers reunited with his old Packers teammates. “I saw Preston (Smith), and Lucas Patrick, and some other guys and Oren Burks’ my locker buddy, and everything kind of — all those nerves and anxiety went away and I felt, you know, felt a lot better.”

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The quarterback has maintained that despite the noise, his focus remains on winning a Super Bowl with the Packers in 2021. And if he does indeed depart at the end of the season, what better a parting gift than the Lombardi Trophy.

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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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