Aaron Rodgers expresses thanks, gratitude in cryptic post

FILE PHOTO: NFL: NFC Divisional Round-San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
FILE PHOTO: Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts while leaving the field after the NFC divisional playoff round game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/USA TODAY NETWORK

February 22, 2022

To many, Aaron Rodgers provided potential clues about his future in a lengthy social media post Monday night.

But Rodgers said Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he had no announcement to make and hadn’t made a decision about his future. Instead, his reflective Instagram post was meant just to express thanks to some special people in his life, he said.

“There’s nothing cryptic about gratitude,” he said.

The Green Bay quarterback expressed his “Monday Night Gratitude” with actress Shailene Woodley, with whom he spent the past two years in a relationship, and his “past and current” Packers teammates on Instagram.

Rodgers, 38, and Woodley reportedly broke off their engagement last week, and there has been speculation the four-time NFL MVP could break up with the Packers, too, after 17 seasons together.

In his post, Rodgers specifically thanked fellow Green Bay quarterbacks Jordan Love and Kurt Benkert, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, former offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, former quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy, wide receiver Randall Cobb and offensive tackle David Bakhtiari.

“To my teammates, past and current, you are the icing on the beautiful cake we call our job; football,” Rodgers wrote, in part. “The friendships that we have will transcend our collective time in this game and I am so thankful for the role that each of you have played in making my life that much better. I love you guys, and cherish the memories we’ve made.”

Rodgers told McAfee that he just finished a 12-day Panchakarma program, a physical, mental and spiritual cleanse. And as he went through photos from the past year, he wanted to share his “intense gratitude.”

Rodgers won his fourth MVP award in 2021, passing for 4,115 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and four interceptions in 16 starts.

However, the top-seeded Packers (13-4) lost their playoff opener at home to the San Francisco 49ers, kicking off another offseason of speculation about Rodgers’ future with the franchise.

Appearing on McAfee’s show after the divisional playoff loss, Rodgers said “everything is definitely on the table,” including retirement, relocation or a return to Green Bay.

–Field Level Media

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