And after all that, Aaron Rodgers is staying with the Packers. According to multiple reports, the superstar quarterback will sign a new contract to stay with Green Bay, the only franchise he has ever played for. Pat McAfee, who has had Aaron Rodgers on his show several times throughout the season and the offseason, broke the news first.
The news comes amid speculation that he will be leaving the Packers after a 13-10 playoff loss to the 49ers in January. It also comes after repeated non-committal statements from Rodgers about his future, which was uncertain after each of the past two seasons.
Rodgers, 38, recently received his fourth NFL MVP award and second in a row, becoming the second player since the award’s inception in 1957 to win it more than three times. He is the first player to win consecutive MVPs since Peyton Manning and only the fifth player overall, joining Manning (2008-09), Brett Favre (1995-97), Joe Montana (1989-90) and Jim Brown (1957- 58) . He is the third player, along with Manning and Tom Brady, to win the MVP title 10 or more seasons apart.
“The last is always the sweetest,” Rodgers said. “So many great memories from the season and great guys I got to play with.”
During his MVP acceptance speech, Rodgers thanked head coach Matt LaFleur for “trusting me, supporting me, empowering me and making it easy for me.”
Rodgers nearly matched his sensational 2020 season in 2021, completing 68.9% of his passes for 4,115 yards, 37 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 111.9 passer rating. During his career, he completed 65.3% of his passes for 55,360 yards, 449 touchdowns and just 93 interceptions, good for a career passer rating of 104.5.
In 2010, he led Green Bay to a Super Bowl victory over the Steelers, earning Super Bowl MVP.