Aaron Rodgers seems to be at the center of many offseason stories despite the fact that the Super Bowl has not even been played. Last week, Rodgers drew crticism from the media for not “hanging out” with his young teammates enough. The comments made by the media followed an appearance by Packers wide receiver Romeo Doubs on the “Maggie and Perloff Show” on CBS Sports. During his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers addressed those comments.
Aaron Rodgers Was Asked About What Romeo Doubs Said
Of course, no one on the show was blaming Romeo Doubs for the backlash that Rodgers faced following his comments. In his response to a question about the Doubs interview and the criticism that followed, Rodgers responded with this statement:
“It’s the same tired voices, I think, for the most part. It’s people that either weren’t playing or, you know, were nowhere near my level and still trying to have a name on TV. Or, you know, people that enjoy trying to run with the narrative that makes me look bad.
“Listen, I’m 100% percent attendance on every team party. I don’t know if every person can say that on the squad, so that is a chance to hang out with me in those venues. I’m near perfect attendance on every single o-line dinner. We do a lot of dinners on the road. So I feel like I spend a lot of time with my teammates, and I love that time.
“Obviously there are ones that you are closer to than others. Dave and Randall are two of my closest friends on the team. I spend a lot of time with them. You know, Bobby and Allen, spend a lot of time with them as well. They’re two of my closest buddies on the team. Mason Crosby. You know, go over to his house.
“But what all of those guys have in common, especially Mase and Dave and Randall, is that they’re in their 30s. You know, I’m 39 years old. The things I’m thinking about and doing and spending my time doing are probably a little different than what a 21 and 22 year old are doing.
“You know, after the day is done, I’m not going home and playing video games and on Twitch and everything else these young kids do, which is awesome. I have no problem with that. Like, hey, you spend your time however you want. I’m just not having the same interests.”
Aaron Rodgers Voiced What His Defenders Stated
Of course, these are the same sentiments that many on social media had when the Doubs story first broke. Rodgers is the elder statesman on the team. As a 39-year old quarterback, he has very different interests than the players that are 15-17 years younger than him. This is normal.
One thing he did state earlier in the interview, that was interesting, was that he is in no rush to make his decision. At least not yet. He stated, “It ain’t about me. It’s about the Eagles and Chiefs who are still playing.”
He did add, though, that he will feel more confident in his decision, whatever it may be, in a couple of weeks.
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