February 28, 2021

After falling short of another Super Bowl, it’s time for Aaron Rodgers to pursue the ‘all-in’ season Tom Brady just got

When a Hall of Fame NFL quarterback unexpectedly invokes the future of his career, it’s a statement. And more often than not, it falls into one of two categories.Either the player is contemplating a significant personal decision or he’s questioning the organization’s dedication to him.Boiled down, that’s what leads elite quarterbacks to curl a question mark around the throat of their offseason. And Aaron Rodgers did exactly that on Sunday night, speaking in gray tones about what comes next for him and the Green Bay Packers.Lest anyone say Sunday’s disappointment left Rodgers with a clouded view on his future, it’s worth noting that it was the second time in less than a week that he painted an opaque picture about what it might be. On Wednesday, he talked about things being “out of his control” and how his future was a “beautiful mystery” as he tried to live in the moment. Upon first reference, it sounded mostly harmless — like Rodgers had adopted a Zen philosophy about “the now,” following an offseason that seemed to showcase a franchise planning for a future without him.After Sunday night, it sounded more like Rodgers was wading into the deep end of pragmatic realism. Like the future is coming for us all, no matter how good the now has been.“A lot of guys’ futures, they’re uncertain — myself included,” Rodgers said after Sunday’s 31-26 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “That’s what’s sad about it, most. Getting this far, obviously there’s going to be an end to it at some point, whether we make it past this one or not. But just the uncertainty is tough and the finality of it all.”

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