Given the phenomenal start to his season, Aaron Rodgers seems to be playing with a newfound chip on his shoulder. Many might attribute that to the 36-year-old feeling more than a little disrespected by the Green Bay Packers this offseason, who, rather than surround the Super Bowl champ with more weapons, decided to draft his protege at quarterback, Jordan Love, in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Although the Love pick left the future Hall of Famer confused and more than a little bitter, it isn’t the only thing that could be fueling the former league MVP. That’s because Aaron Rodgers also ended his relationship with Danica Patrick this offseason, which may have taken weight off of his shoulders. At least that’s what it sounds like after hearing Rodgers explain how happy he is.
Appearing on “The Pat McAfee Show” on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports radio, Rodgers didn’t mince words about where his headspace is at right now. And, whether deliberate or not, it sure sounds like he took a swipe at Danica when describing his current mood.
Per New York Post:
“I have just a new and increased love of life. And I’ve made decisions and changes and habits that put me in a lot better head space and there’s just a lot of things that have come together in my life over the last few months that have really been enjoyable and reminded me, given me perspective, on life and in football to view things through the most positive lens I possibly can,” the Green Bay Packers quarterback said.
“And that’s why I’m having so much fun and it starts with love. And then surrounding yourself with people that you really enjoy.”
OK, so Aaron Rodgers sounds like any single guy at first, talking about how much he’s enjoyed life after getting out of a high-profile relationship. But, man, that last part about “surrounding yourself with people that you really enjoy” sure seems a bit harsh, no? I know you’re not supposed to be friends with (or even like) your ex, but that sentence might be really telling about how badly things could’ve ended with Danica Patrick. Who knows if that’s the case or not, but I’m reading the tea leaves from his quote.
With Rodgers focused and driven this season, the Packers have a legit shot at contending for a Super Bowl. And, now that he’s in the right headspace and not worried about dating anyone, he can help mentor Jordan Love and continue to ball out.