Every declining athlete knows the dangers of playing for too long. It doesn’t matter what they achieved when they were in their prime because younger fans didn’t see it. Instead, they’ll judge them on their current performances and tarnish public perceptions. It’s a shame but this is the reality of the world.
That’s why Rodgers should retire gracefully with his head held high. It’s a retrievable situation where nobody is begging him to quit yet. But he doesn’t want to suffer the indignity of Matt LaFleur benching him for Jordan Love. Yes, he’ll miss the bright lights of primetime but it’s better for his legacy (via The Cold Wire).