GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 22: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers gestures as he exits the field after losing the NFC Divisional Playoff game to the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on January 22, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The world watched as Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers’ to a 13-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Of course, the heartbreaking loss has led to questions about whether he’s going to retire after this season. Here’s what Rodgers has to say about his possible step down from the NFL.

  • Post-game presser

    After the game, Rodgers was flooded with questions about whether he’s going to retire. After the loss, Rodger indicated he’ll take some time to think things through, but said some interesting things regarding the decision.

  • Aaron Rodgers comments

    “I didn’t think we’d be talking about this after this game,” Rodgers said. “I’m going to take some time and have conversations with folks around here, and then take some time away and make a decision — obviously before free agency or anything gets going on that front.”

  • It's fresh

    Rodgers continued, “It’s fresh right now. A little shocking for sure. I was hoping to have a nice weekend for the NFC Championship, to enjoy the lead-up and then start contemplating some things, so I haven’t even let the moment really sink in yet.”

  • When asked if the manner in which the season ended is a factor in his decision on whether to retire

    “Of course it does,” he said in the presser. “But you know there are a lot of decisions to be made, a lot of players whose futures are up in the air. Definitely will be interesting to see which way some of those decisions go. But I’ll have conversations with (GM) Brian (Gutekunst) in the next week or so and get a little bit more clarity. And think about my own future and how much longer I want to keep doing this.”

  • Do the Packers want him back?

    Short answer, “Yes.”

  • Does coach Matt LaFleur want Rodgers back?

    “Certainly, we want him back here,” LaFleur said during the presser. “I think we’d be crazy not to want him back here. He’s going to be the two-time MVP. This guy does so much for our football team. No only what you guys see on Sundays or every game day, but what he does in that locker room. How he leads. I just know what he puts into this thing. And certainly, I’m extremely disappointed that we couldn’t get over the hump, for not only him, but for everybody in that locker room.”

  • Final comments from Aaron Rodgers

    “I think this thing is definitely going to look different moving forward,” Rodgers said. “Green Bay has a lot of decisions, a lot of guys with opportunities. So it will be interesting to see what things look like moving forward. But I am thankful for this time, for this team. Super disappointed. Bummed out. Frustrated with how I played tonight. Frustrated with how it ended. But can still be grateful for this season and these guys.”

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