Aaron Rodgers says retirement decision will be made after four-day “dark retreat”; QB makes Super Bowl pick
After his Victory at the Pebble Peach Pro-Am Over the weekend, Aaron Rodgers offered even more insight into his decision to retire or playing the Super Bowl will allow him to make a “final, final decision” during his final appearance on The Pat McAfee Show Tuesday.
“It’s an opportunity to do a little self-reflection in some isolation, and afterward I feel like I’ll be a lot closer to making that final, final decision,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “I’ve had a number of friends who have done it and they’ve had profound experiences.”
Rodgers explained that he would be in pitch blackness all day and night for four days and nights, describing the experience as “isolation through sensory deprivation” and that it would simulate the drug DMT with the potential for hallucinations.
“I’m going to have hallucinations where I’m Nic Cage,” said the 39-year-old, 18-season NFL veteran.
According to Rodgers, the retreat does not take place in nature, but in a house.
“They drop food and drink through a slot and there’s a bathroom,” he said. “Four days and nights in and after the fourth night out again.”
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However, Rodgers admitted on Tuesday that despite golfing success over the weekend, he’s “certainly thinking about playing football” and that he’s had “retreat to obscurity on the calendar for a number of months.” One thing the Super Bowl XLV MVP said won’t sway his thought process is the retirement of Tom Brady and JJ Watt, two undisputed first-choice Hall of Famers like Rodgers. It’s likely these two will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the 2028 offseason, five years after their retirement. Rodgers would likely join them at the time in Canton, Ohio, should he decide to hang up his cleats.
“The idea that I don’t want to share a stage with Tom [Brady] and JJ Watt is ridiculous,” Rodgers said. “It’s going to be an incredible Hall of Fame class… your choices have no bearing on my own.”
Neither did the desires of the passionate Las Vegas Raiders, a group Rodgers said was the loudest when he played last weekend’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am. However, he made it clear that he believes the opportunity to play on another team depends on the Green Bay Packers front office. Rodgers signed a three-year, $150 million contract extension with the Packers this past offseason.
“I’m under contract with the Packers, people forget that,” Rodgers said. “That gets lost in the conversation.”
Rodgers’ Super Bowl pick
What wasn’t lost in Rodger’s conversation with McAfee Tuesday was his thoughts on Super Bowl LVII between the AFC and NFC’s top seeds, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles. The quarterback immediately went out of his way to highlight the Eagles’ offensive line to begin his analysis of the big game. All five Philadelphia offensive linemen were Pro Bowl call-ups, ranked in the top three for both pass-blocking grades (83.8, first) and run-blocking grades (76, 1st) according to Pro Football Focus. 1, third) and first-team All-Pro center Jason Kelce and first-team All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson had two of the four lowest allowable press rates among offensive linemen with at least 500 pass-blocking snaps.
“It’s going to be won up front, the Eagles have one of the best offensive lines I’ve seen in 20 years, and if they take the defensive line for the Chiefs, they have a very good chance of winning,” Rodgers said. “They dominated the line of scrimmage against the 49ers…it’s definitely won in the trenches.”
The Packers quarterback then detailed the path for Chiefs quarterback and State Farm pitchman Patrick Mahomes to emerge victorious, which he says hinges on Mahome’s ability to get going quickly.
“KC needs to get ahead early and play from the lead,” Rodgers said. “That gives them the best chance to be a little more one-dimensional. Philly will still run the ball, and if they can control the line of scrimmage, they should win. patient [Mahomes] is such a dynamic player and if he gets hot and they pace the field and make Philly one dimensional, that could be the recipe for victory. I really believe her [K.C.] need to advance early, probably by two points.”
When Rodgers learned that the Eagles are 1.5 favorites and about 76% of bets are placed in favor of Philadelphia, Rodgers responded with a seemingly innocent comment.
“Vegas seems to be pretty right about a lot of their stuff,” he said.
By itself, that’s just a throwaway quote. Though between former Packers and current Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams lists his former quarterbacks touchdown celebration and a slew of sportsbooks where the Raiders are his most likely target in 2023, the line could easily have been an elaborate trolling effort by a player who has openly admitted in previous interviews to “playing the cat-and-mouse game with.” to enjoy the media”.
In the end, Rodgers is a Green Bay packer by contract, and his decision to play football exclusively over what team that will be for will likely come to light after the quarterback spent 96 hours in the dark the week after the Super Bowl .
https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/aaron-rodgers-says-retirement-decision-will-come-after-four-day-darkness-retreat-qb-makes-super-bowl-pick/ Aaron Rodgers says retirement decision will be made after four-day “dark retreat”; QB makes Super Bowl pick