Aaron Rodgers – overrated and ego-inflated


Alyssa Abke, Editor

If you haven’t already heard of Aaron Rodgers by now, let me introduce you to one of the NFL’s most dramatic quarterbacks of all time. Once regarded as one of the NFL’s best, his overconfidence and poor attitude are a recipe for retirement.

While most of his teammates spent their offseason preparing multiple times each week and training tirelessly, Rodgers avoids this extra effort and instead devotes his time and energy towards arguing with management, despite his entire job requiring the act of actually playing football and maintaining a sense of team commitment for paychecks. Throughout the offseason, the Green Bay quarterback decided to skip not only all voluntary team activities, but also the mandatory team camps.

Players are supposed to be fined $50,000 with each day of unexcused absences under the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, but Rodger’s somehow managed to come out of this with a contracted adjusted without a loss of income, according to ESPN. NFL teams aren’t supposed to revoke or alter this term of agreement by any means, so this just goes to show how ethical of a person this “hero” truly is. His absence resulted in a mountain of problems with management and finance as they had to work around this violation.

This not only hurts the camaraderie on his team and causes them to lose respect for him as a person, but also majorly “divides the fan base” as Packer fans begin to either praise or despise the quarterback, according to President Mark Murphy.

After all the drama in the offseason, Rodgers finally came back and assured everyone that he’d make everything worth their while; however, Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Green Bay Packers have had a rough start to the 2021 season and likely wouldn’t be receiving the little praise they’re getting right now if they were playing more legitimate and competitive teams.

The team started off their very first game against the New Orleans Saints with a terrible season-opening loss of 38-3. There was no excuse for this loss. The weather was nice. The Jacksonville crowd was sparse. The Saints had lost multiple contributors on their defense – a 33 percent loss of their 2020 defensive starts. It was supposed to be an easy win for the Packers, or at least, it should have been in nearly every single regard.

Sure, the quarterback has had a successful journey in the past, but 2021 might just be the start of a downward spiral in Rodgers’ career. After bragging about how he’d have no problem coming back from the offseason with little preparation, he showcased himself at the Saints game with the worst performance of his career.

He averaged 4.75 yards per attempt and completed only 54 percent of his passes. Following the game, he even earned himself the title of Pro Football Focus’s second-worst Week 1 quarterback. This horrendous game caused the Packers to start the season off with a dead last ranking.

ESPN tried to claim that the next games snapped him out of his uninspiring performance in the first game, but these wins were against the near bottom of the NFL, the Detroit Lions, and a very, very close game with the San Francisco 49ers.

Outside of the game, it’s no secret that Aaron Rodgers isn’t the best person morally, especially in the area of family communication. The quarterback is openly estranged from his entire family. Although the origins of his falling out with them are unknown, Rodgers has cut off nearly all ties with them.

Back in 2017, Ed Rodgers told a reporter from The New York Times that, “Fame can change things.” Many attribute the separation to Rodgers and his family to a desire to keep them from using his success and fame to their advantage, but he hasn’t held back from rude remarks about them when given the chance to talk about it with the press.

More recently, the family attributed it to Aaron’s comments on religion. A source told People, “To them, his comments are basically a slap in the face to the fundamentals of who they are. It’s basically him turning his back on everything they have taught him.”

Clearly, problems would need to be worked out in the Rodgers family to ever have a meaningful connection; whether related to religion, fame, or something different is unknown, but for the time, the quarterback isn’t looking to fix anything with them.

Despite the praise so many Packer fans give him, Aaron Rodgers has a lot to work on in both the personal and professional sides of his life, and his high ego doesn’t help anything. After all, it’s worth noting that the “legendary” quarterback has really only won one Super Bowl in his entire career, and that was ten years ago.