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“We Rarely Even Turn Our Phone Off”: Aaron Rodgers Darkness Retreat Explained In 400 Words

Published 02/20/2023, 6:15 AM EST

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Aaron Rodgers is the NFL world’s current enigma. As a larger-than-life figure playing at the highest professional level, A-Rod’s ability to continually break stereotypes associated with male athletes is remarkable.

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On his newest holistic adventure, the Packers QB embarked on a retreat into darkness. While that sounds like something out of a dark fantasy book, according to him, the outcome of this endeavor will potentially be helpful. After escalated speculations pointed him in different directions after failing to make the playoffs, A-Rod will leave it all behind as he heads to the retreat. So why is he taking this path, and how will it affect his future in the league?

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Aaron Rodgers’ quest entails isolation, meditation, and possible hallucination in darkness. Alone with his thoughts, the QB believes that this solitude could aid with his decision-making. After a subpar season, A-Rod and the Packers’ partnership’s future doesn’t seem certain. On the other hand, retirement rumors have popped up in Rodgers-related discourse. To help decide the course of action he needs to take, Rodgers has chosen to contemplate these big decisions in isolation.

The Packers QB provided his reasons for choosing the darkness retreat. He said, “It’s just sitting in isolation, meditation, dealing with your thoughts. It stimulates DMT, so there can be some hallucinations in there but it’s just kind of sitting in silence, which most of us never do. We rarely even turn our phone off or put the blinds down to sleep in darkness. I’m really looking forward to it.” The location of the retreat is undisclosed.


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But the QB mentioned that apart from his meals being delivered, he would have no contact with anyone. Pat McAfee’s inquisition provided fans with a deeper look into the more intimate details of the retreat. This isn’t the first time A-Rod has indulged in unconventional practices. The QB has dabbled with ayahuasca in the past. However, the darkness retreat will not include consumption of the psychedelic tea. While the NFL world took some time to wrap its head around Aaron Rodgers’ present endeavor, fans will hope that this dark expedition sheds light on the answers he’s seeking.

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Anika Gomez


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Anika Gomez is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. She holds a degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Communicative English from the National School of Journalism and Public Discourse. Anika loves American Football, Formula 1, Basketball, and Tennis.
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