With everything that has happened to Aaron Rodgers this off-season, one thing is clear: he still understands sarcasm.
The reigning MVP, who dominated the NFL headlines this spring because of his dissatisfaction with the Green Bay Packers, showed his sense of humor Tuesday during a promotional video before the July 6th golf match between Rodgers and PGA Tour star Bryson DeChambeau versus Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson.
Host Brian Anderson set up Rodgers by saying, “You’ve been really holding back this off-season, I barely saw your name, and you haven’t hosted any TV shows or engaged in any kind of controversy or anything. It’s been a lovely, peaceful off-season for you, what it sounds like. “
Rodgers’ answer was both dry and ironic.
“It’s been one of those quiet off-seasons that you dream of, when you can just go through your process by yourself and in silence,” Rodgers said. “And that’s all you, as an older player in the league and as someone who has been around for a long time and enjoys this time for yourself, can just relax, not be bothered, have no obligations or anything.
“I think that’s what this offseason was about. It was about really enjoying my time and spending it where I want it to be, without feeling like I have to go anywhere, but at the same time being an NFL player. It was great. “
Rodgers skipped his only actual commitment last week, the Packers’ mandatory minicamp, and is fined $ 93,085. He also missed the entire offseason program, thereby losing his $ 500,000 training bonus.
The Packers have publicly reiterated their desire to have Rodgers back for “2021 and beyond,” as Team President Mark Murphy put it earlier this off-season, but it is unclear whether Rodgers will report to training camp next month or if he will hold out and try force a trade. With news of Rodgers’ dissatisfaction with the Packers broke on the afternoon of this year’s draft, the Packers have insisted that they will not trade him.
Earlier this month, Murphy wrote that the situation had divided the Packers’ fan base, adding that the less publicly it is said about the situation, the better. However, Murphy disregarded his own advice last week when he referred to Rodgers as “a complicated guy” during a talk to paraphrase, as former Packers general manager Ted Thompson once described him.
It’s unclear whether the T-shirt Rodgers wore to Tuesday’s videoconference that read “I’m offended” in response to Murphy’s comment.