Former NFL GM Mike Tannenbaum said Rodgers acted selfishly during his contract negotiations. That’s because he believes that the quarterback knows what he’s going to do. However, franchises must work within a salary cap and this affects other players. Packers GM Brian Gutekunst can’t extend other contracts while he’s waiting on Rodgers.
Tannenbaum shredded Rodgers in an appearance on Get Up Wednesday. He said: “Aaron Rodgers is being selfish. Let’s make no mistake about it, he is being very selfish. Because he’s known for a while what he’s going to do.” It’s safe to say that there’s no love lost between these two men (via Sports Illustrated).
Rodgers’ former Green Bay teammate Smith has no respect for him. The linebacker quit the Packers in 2022 and joined one of their biggest rivals. But he has no regrets because he was happy to face the polarizing quarterback. He felt that the franchise acted selfishly by bowing to Rodgers’ demands instead of caring about other players.
Smith said: “I put my all into it. That’s why I felt the way I did with Green Bay: I gave that s**t, my all. I put my blood, sweat… I put my back on the f***ing line. And in Year Three, I was treated badly. That’s why I’m here now. So, I can play them twice a year.” It’s safe to say he won’t be sending Christmas cards to Rodgers this year (via CBS News).
One of the most laughable moments of Rodgers’ career came when he discussed the reasons why he didn’t undergo vaccination during the global health crisis. He believed that he knew better than medical experts because he is a ‘critical thinker.’ Instead, he acted selfishly because he was not a genius and throws a ball for a living.
“I am somebody who’s a critical thinker. You guys know me, I march to the beat of my own drum. I believe strongly in bodily autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body, not to have to acquiesce to some woke culture, or crazed, you know, group of individuals who say you have to do something (via Milwaukee Record).”
Rodgers credits his recent experiences with Ayahuasca with self-growth. The quarterback attracted attention with a series of trips to South America. Some people worried that he violated NFL drug policies but this wasn’t the case. However, it may explain why he acted selfishly on and off the field because now he focuses on himself.
The quarterback told NBC: “Most of the work was around me, and figuring out what unconditional love of myself looks like of myself. In doing that, allowing me to understand how to unconditionally love other people but first realizing it’s gotta start with myself (via The Guardian).”
One of Rodgers’ former teammates said that Rodgers had a tense relationship with former head coach Mike McCarthy. They won a Super Bowl together but they didn’t always see eye to eye. Former running back Ryan Grant said that Rodgers hated McCarthy because the coach once thought that Alex Smith had a higher upside (via The Athletic).
Grant said: “Aaron’s always had a chip on his shoulder with Mike. “The guy who ended up becoming your coach passed on you when he had a chance. Aaron was upset that Mike passed on him—that Mike actually verbally said that Alex Smith was a better quarterback.” This is dumb because everybody makes mistakes and Rodgers proved him wrong.
It says a lot about Rodgers that he focuses on himself more than his partner in a relationship. After he ended his time with NASCAR trailblazer Patrick, he revealed what he gained from it. But he didn’t think about the things that he could have done better or why they broke up (via People).
In one interview with Aubrey Marcus, Rodgers focused on the positives. He said: “I was dating Danica and that relationship was great for me because she is on her own journey and spirituality is important to her. We both were finding our way, learning about different things, and practicing meditation techniques.”
Shannon Sharpe is another NFL legend who doesn’t have much respect for Rodgers. He doesn’t appreciate the way the talented quarterback blames everybody else for on-field problems. The former Denver icon called out Rodgers after he acted selfishly in 2022. He didn’t hold back with his rebukes because he felt somebody had to say it.
Sharpe said: “It’s always somebody else’s fault and it’s always publicly somebody else’s fault. And he is the master of on-field finger-pointing in which he throws various receivers under the bus just with his mere body language.” Nobody can deny that Rodgers doesn’t whine or moan when things aren’t going his way (via Sportskeeda).
Most elite athletes talk to their agents or managers when they’re considering their future. However, Rodgers has a different perspective because he goes on darkness retreats. We’re not sure if this is the most productive way to fix things but Rodgers is an interesting cat. Many of his teammates allegedly can’t believe that this is how he handles business.
Rodgers told Pat McAfee (via ESPN): “That’s why it’s going to be important to get through this week and to take my isolation retreat and just to be able to contemplate all things my future and then be able to make a decision that I think is best for me moving forward and in the highest interest of my happiness and then move forward.”
There are many times when Rodgers acted selfishly but the worst affect his teammates. One unnamed former NFL GM told Fansided that the quarterback’s teammates dislike him because of his antics. The explosive account attracted lots of attention because of Rodgers’ profile. Unfortunately, it was also easy to believe that it was true.
The former GM said: “The guy’s selfish. His teammates don’t like him and his coaches don’t like him. It’s all about Aaron.“They all deal with him because he’s a superstar. He helps guys make money and put food on the table for their kids, and people respect him for that.” This is a damning indictment of Rodgers’ character but it seems to be accurate.