Where Does The Story Between Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh Steelers End?

Published 10/05/2021, 3:06 PM EDT
SANTA CLARA, CA – NOVEMBER 3: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers calls a play in the huddle during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on November 3, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. The Packers defeated the 49ers 34-17. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)


The future of Aaron Rodgers was a heated subject during the offseason. Rodgers’ future after this season is still being debated by fans and the media, despite the fact that he returned to Green Bay for the 2021 season.

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Rodgers has been linked to a return to Pittsburgh in 2022, according to reports. During an interview on the Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers, whose 2-1 Packers will face the 1-2 Steelers on Sunday, gushed about Pittsburgh and head coach Mike Tomlin.

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Aaron Rodgers loves Pittsburgh and its culture

Aaron Rodgers began by sharing how he has enjoyed being around Pittsburgh and its people. “I’ve been around a lot of Pittsburgh people over the years. I have loved my time with all of them,” said Rodgers, whose first coach, Mike McCarthy, is a Pittsburgh native.

He then dropped a surprise by sharing how he has picked up the Pittsburgh accent really well. He also showered his appreciation towards the city. “I have learned to speak the [Pittsburgh accent] really well, which is actually allowed me to follow and become a big fan of Pittsburgh Dad. … It’s a great, blue-collar town. There’s a lot of great people that live there. There’s a lot of history in that city.” 

Oct 3, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

“I have a ton of respect for Mike”

The Green Bay Packers quarterback then went on to shower praises on Pittsburgh coach Mike McCarthy. He particularly pointed out that he admires the way he leads the team. Rodgers said, “I have a ton of respect for Mike.”

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“I think he’s a fantastic coach, I love the way that he leads. I love the way that he talks after the games. He always seems to keep things really even keel. Looks like he’s somebody that players love playing for.”

Oct 3, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass in the third quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Keeping Aaron Rodgers last year’s contract issue and his recent statements on Pittsburgh in mind, it sure feels like his mind is set on leaving the Green Bay Packers. The decision for Rodgers is simple. Does he want to cement his legacy as Packers legend and not leave them in this moment of peril or go to Pittsburgh and chase silverware in the final years of his career?

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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