Aaron Rodgers still undecided about NFL future after darkness retreat

Following four days in darkness, the Green Bay Packers quarterback is still contemplating whether he will return to the NFL for another season.
Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions.
Posted at 12:38 PM, Mar 02, 2023

Aaron Rodgers did not come out of his four-day darkness retreat with a definitive answer about whether he will return to the NFL next season. 

Speaking on the "Aubrey Marcus Podcast," the Green Bay Packers quarterback said he will make his decision "soon enough."

Rodgers' conversation with Marcus lasted about an hour and a half. 

"There was an understanding that I would walk into the unknown. I think it was part anxiety and part excitement," Rodgers said of his darkness retreat.

Navigating the small room, which had a bed, bath and toilet, was challenging, Rodgers stated. He said that he counted steps to avoid injuring himself. 

The athlete said he was fed meals, mostly salads. In between those meals, he said he spent the day reflecting. 

He noted that it's not often people get time to unplug from technology and society. While he had never spent four days in darkness before, Rodgers said he typically spends the first month of the offseason thinking about his future. 

"I thought it would be an awesome opportunity to reset," Rodgers said. 

Rodgers said he spent one day in particular just thinking about what his life would be life if he decided to retire. 

"A lot of fear and insecurity came up about what retirement looks like," Rodgers said. 

He also spent a full day thinking what life would be like if he played another season in the NFL. In both scenarios, Rodgers said he saw his "full self," which he described as a "sweet experience."

Rodgers said he will be consulting with important people in his life about his future, but he noted that the decision about whether to play quarterback again will be his. 

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