As Aaron Rodgers retreats into the darkness, questions are swirling around the quarterbacking legend’s future. His messaging is cryptic and his time with the Packers appears all but finished. But at least one recently-retired legend is hoping he’ll stick around the game.
On his “Let’s Go” podcast, former Patriots and Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady explained why he wants Rodgers to stick around: He’s simply too good to retire.
“You know what, I hope he doesn’t retire,” Brady said on his podcast. “I think the league needs good quarterbacks and he’s one of the greats. If he retires, it’ll be a sad day for the league. He’s an incredible player.”
Brady, who is known for his approach to health, also defended Rodgers’ darkness retreat.
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“Everyone has their different processes they go through,” Brady said about Rodgers. “And you know what, I think we all need to get off our phone a little bit more. I think we all need to get away from the TV a little bit more. I think we all need a little more nature and a little more silence and a little more peace.
“However he’s going about it, good for him. Everyone’s got their unique way to process the season. It’s very intense for all of us, and everyone gets to choose what they want to do.”
Rodgers struggled by his standards last season, throwing double-digit interceptions for the first time since 2010 and throwing for 3,695 yards — a career-low in a full season. He and the Packers went 8-9 following back-to-back MVP years in 2020 and 2021, the third and fourth such honors in his career.
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Lost in all of that is that Rodgers was a constant in the GOAT conversation heading into last season, and sometimes players simply have a down year. He is a great quarterback, independent of his eccentricity. It simply seems like Brady wants him to prove it again.
Rodgers’ choices are his own and they’re still in the air, so it could be a long offseason for him and Packers fans. But at the very least, one of the greatest who recently retired himself wants to see Rodgers keep going.