Is this the end of football for Aaron Rodgers?
That seems to be the question after the Green Bay Packers quarterback politely declined to swap jerseys with Detroit Lions rookie Jameson Williams after the Lions eliminated Rodgers and the Packers from the playoffs.
“I gotta hold on to this one,” Rodgers said.
Retirement talk surrounding Rodgers is nothing new. It’s been going on for the past several seasons, especially when he served a stint as host of the popular game show Jeopardy! Yet he kept coming back anyway.
Aaron Rodgers Speculates Retirement
But this time may be different. Rodgers, 39, will not be playing for a Super Bowl this season. By the time the next one rolls around, he’ll be 40.
That’s not too old, as Tom Brady has proven, but the Packers haven’t seemed to improve. They are only seemingly taking steps back.
Another sign that Rodgers could be moving on from the NFL was how he walked arm-in-arm with receiver and longtime teammate Randall Cobb as they walked toward the locker room. It almost resembled a “goodbye” hug.
Rodgers Leaves The Field
As for declining the jersey swap, Rodgers said he is likely to send Williams a jersey — but that this one was “special.” He didn’t really elaborate other than to say it was the final game of the season,.
“I think I might’ve told him I would give him a jersey when we played in Detroit (earlier this season),” Rodgers told reporters. “So, I’ll probably have to send him a jersey. But there’s just some special ones that I like to keep. It was nothing against Jameson, I’ll be sure to send him one, but I kind of wanted to keep this one.”
And again, why was that?
“Night game, Lambeau, Week 18,” Rodgers said. “There’s just certain jerseys you like hanging on to –like playing in Chicago, big Sunday night games. It’s not about keeping it, it’s a cool one to give to somebody you really care about.”