Aaron Rodgers has been synonymous with soccer for almost twenty years because the Inexperienced Bay Packers’ quarterback, however as he nears the top of his profession — at any time when which may be — he acknowledged it is not “all ball on a regular basis.”
Keep in mind, the soon-to-be 39-year-old significantly thought-about retirement after the 2020 season and needed to be the full-time “Jeopardy” host not too way back after he served as a two-week visitor host. This previous offseason he was a podcast common as he made the rounds speaking about his ayahuasca use.
“After all you consider life after soccer,” Rodgers stated throughout his Tuesday look on “The Pat McAfee Present.”
“It is not like (I) flip it on at some factors and switch it off. When you have got pursuits exterior the sport there’s at all times issues that come up that you just spend time doing in a few of your free time that you’ll do extra while you’re achieved taking part in. After all, there’s that thought.”
Rodgers, who has a 19:7 landing to interception ratio this yr following back-to-back MVP seasons because the Packers have fallen to 4-7 and outdoors the NFC playoff image, stated his exterior pursuits have not modified his preparation for video games this season.
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“But it surely additionally does not change that you may’t have pursuits exterior of the sport that you just take your thoughts to occasionally. I stay up for these issues,” Rodgers stated. “These aren’t within the entrance of my thoughts. These are close to the again. However to take a seat right here and say it is all ball on a regular basis, and blah blah blah (expletive). I do not know, that is not the best way I’m.
“There’s life after soccer and there is life exterior of soccer even through the season,” Rodgers continued. “It is essential to maintain that steadiness … You are all about discovering methods to tweak little issues, to enhance and to be extra environment friendly, however you are additionally an individual. You might have a life.”
Rodgers has no plans to get into teaching when he retires
So what does he see his life trying like after soccer?
“Positively not teaching, I can inform you that,” Rodgers stated Tuesday. “I’ve little interest in being on the facility all day and guarding my desk.”
Whereas he has “zero curiosity” in following the lead of former gamers who’ve traded within the pads for the headset as a head coach, Rodgers did say the “administration aspect” can be the one factor that might barely pique his curiosity.
“It is a very tiny, tiny curiosity,” Rodgers stated.
McAfee and AJ Hawk, Rodgers’ former teammate and shut buddy who joins McAfee as a co-host, requested him if he might see himself stepping into the media enterprise, like Tom Brady will ultimately do after signing a 10-year take care of Fox.
Rodgers requested if there have been different choices.
How about politics?
“You would be nice at that,” Hawk informed him.
The co-hosts informed him he could possibly be a hippie or shaman. Rodgers, after all, has spoken out about his use of the hallucination plant-based drug ayahuasca.
“Perhaps a sherpa,” Rodgers lastly stated.
Rodgers ‘not trying ahead to the top’ at any time when that comes
Regardless of Rodgers’ extension final offseason that gave him the very best common wage within the NFL ($50 million for the primary three years), Rodgers acknowledged he is not certain how lengthy he’ll play.
“It has been an superior run,” stated Rodgers, who’s in his 18th NFL season and fifteenth because the Packers’ beginning quarterback. “I am actually pleased with what I’ve achieved. I am not, like, trying ahead to the top. Life after soccer goes to be a tricky transition as it’s for each participant. I do not know when that is going to be. I do not know if it may be after the season, after three extra seasons. There can be selections we’ll have later down the highway.”
For Rodgers and the 2022 Packers, who’re coming off their sixth loss in seven video games, they proceed the season this week on the NFC-leading Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) on “Sunday Evening Soccer.”