Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of the more fascinating players in the NFL today.
On the field, he is beyond reproach. Rodgers boasts a once-in-a-generation skillset that is supported by his accolades: one Super Bowl MVP, four regular season MVPs and 10 Pro Bowl appearances speak for themselves.
Unfortunately, off the field, Rodgers has had a rough go of things. And while his female drama is what usually captures the headlines, arguably the more interesting dynamic is the one between him and his family – who seems to hate him.
You will recall, back in 2016 during an appearance on the Bachelorette, his brother said that they “don’t really have that much of a relationship.”
In 2017, Rodgers’ father said in an interview that he hadn’t spoken to his son in three years.
And just this year, the reason why Rodgers didn’t attend his brother’s wedding became headline news.
This week Rodgers appeared on the Aubrey Marcus Podcast and delved into precisely what the problem is with his family.
“Many people have issues with family and deal with them in their own ways,” he said.
“For me, I’ve always tried to deal with it quietly behind closed doors. That hasn’t always been the case or hasn’t been good enough for a lot of people who want to write about it, or pick it apart, or talk about it, or even some things that my family has said or done over the years that’s been public.”
While admitting that issues exist, Rodgers acknowledged that he appreciated his father’s sacrifices.
“The fact that he was willing to take a chance and go through the poverty that we experienced to make a better life for his kids by going back to school as a middle-aged man—my age, he went back to chiropractic college trying to give us a better life—I have deep, deep gratitude for that, and really appreciate the sacrifices that were made on our behalf to give us a better life,” he said.
That said, Rodgers was quick to point out that reconciliation is not yet in the cards.
“I do believe in healing and I believe in the possibility of reconciliation at some point, but it’s a different journey for all of us,” he said. “And to judge on the outside about what should be, or what it should look like, or who’s wrong and who’s right, it’s just a game I’ve never wanted to play and still don’t want to play.
“Who knows what that future is going to look like, when it’s going to look like, when the time is going to come? But I have no bitterness in my heart, I have no resentment. I just have deep love and appreciation for the lessons that I learned and the fact that if I hadn’t been raised that way, all the good and all the frustrating, there’s no way I’d be sitting here today.”
Rodgers’ new girlfriend was quick to come out and respond to the interview. And understandably so. Family drama aside, he covered a lot of interesting topics.
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With the NFL season upon us, hopefully Rodgers can go back to making headlines for productive on-the-field work.
If Rodgers can make the Super Bowl or get close to it, all of off-the-field drama will be forgotten. Should he fail to do so, then inevitably, people will start wondering if it is taking some sort of toll on him mentally.