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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers praises former teammate Davante Adams, comparing him to the likes of Kobe Bryant, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers praises former teammate Davante Adams, comparing him to the likes of Kobe Bryant, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Aaron Rodgers can still remember sitting on his carpet as a kid and watching his idol Joe Montana play in the Super Bowl, describing his Super Bowl success as “everything I thought it would be.”

However, nearly 12 years after the Green Bay Packers’ 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Super Bowl XLV, Rodgers hasn’t added more to his cup treasury, with some near misses in recent years. His sense of frustration.

Rodgers earned the Super Bowl MVP title at just 27 years old, and he could have been forgiven for having Montana and Terry Bradshaw’s record four titles in his sights. Instead, Tom Brady has overtaken both by seven wins in the Super Bowl while Rodgers has remained stagnant at one.

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“It’s been a very long time,” Rodgers said, in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports. “It was so special, like the blur that week.

“I was 27 and thought that was the norm, that we would come back here a few times and win more of these awards.

Aaron Rodgers celebrates his only Super Bowl success in 2011 when he was 27 years old

Aaron Rodgers celebrates his only Super Bowl success in 2011 when he was 27 years old

“Especially as you get older, you realize that the windows dwindle and the opportunities dwindle.”

The 27-year-old is now 38-year-old grizzly and still four years older with four defeats when he was on the cusp of the Super Bowl, in the NFC Championship game, four more divisional-round losses – like the one he suffered at home to San. Francisco 49ers last season – and one wild card exit in the intervening years.

Highlights of the San Francisco 49ers' game against the Green Bay Packers in their teams' round of playoffs

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Highlights of the San Francisco 49ers’ game against the Green Bay Packers in their teams’ round of playoffs

Highlights of the San Francisco 49ers’ game against the Green Bay Packers in their teams’ round of playoffs

Green Bay has been ranked in the top two of the NFC Conference on five separate occasions, #1 three times — with Rodgers named the NFL Player of the Year in every instance (as well as in 2014) — but only then hasn’t it faltered in the playoffs.

“I’m always thinking about the plays I could have done, the things I could have done better,” Rodgers said.

“It’s tough. Its ending is always tough, and the speed at which it comes – the one I’m done with.”

“And there is tacit knowledge that this is the last time this group will ever be together.

“It will never be the same. We will never be the same people, there will be changes, not everyone will be part of this move forward, there are coaches, players who will leave – they will be traded, reduced or retired.”

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is very excited to play a regular season game in London this year, Brett Gosper, president of the NFL for Europe and the United Kingdom, says.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is very excited to play a regular season game in London this year, Brett Gosper, president of the NFL for Europe and the United Kingdom, says.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is very excited to play a regular season game in London this year, Brett Gosper, president of the NFL for Europe and the United Kingdom, says.

Adams as Messi and Ronaldo – artist

There has already been a spin at Green Bay this off-season, particularly on offense as offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett becomes head coach at the Denver Broncos – briefly leading to speculation Rodgers might follow – and superstar Davante Adams is replaced at the Las Vegas Raiders.

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver for the team's debut Davante Adams was a stunning prime-time fingertips grab

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Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver for the team’s debut Davante Adams was a stunning prime-time fingertips grab

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver for the team’s debut Davante Adams was a stunning prime-time fingertips grab

A sports fanatic, Rodgers likened Adams’ work to “Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant… [Lionel] miss you [Cristiano] Ronaldo, maybe even Kevin De Bruyne, as it becomes an art form.”

Therefore, it was no surprise, then, to see the Packers attack without Adams suffering in their opening game of the 2022 season, as they only put up seven points in the defeat to their northern NFC rivals, the Minnesota Vikings.

Highlights of the Green Bay Packers against the Minnesota Vikings from the first week of the NFL season

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Highlights of the Green Bay Packers against the Minnesota Vikings from the first week of the NFL season

Highlights of the Green Bay Packers against the Minnesota Vikings from the first week of the NFL season

But Rodgers chooses to use the group’s inexperience, particularly at the receiver, as a positive.

He said, “There are a lot of men I don’t know very well who have not won. And so they are hungry.”

“I definitely try to attach some of that hunger and youthful energy every time I step into the building.”

And that hunger is certainly still there for Rodgers, even after he’s struggled with playoff heartbreak in the past decade and as his years progress and his future prospects in the game dwindle.

“Every year is special because it’s limited. And I think it’s good to keep that perspective.”

He added, “I have great motivation, the real motivation comes from within.

“I’ve put in a lot of work in this off season, both mentally and physically to be ready to play at the highest level and I’ve had the last two years as well.

“It’s like a challenge as you get older and your body may not want to work the exact same way it used to. I love this challenge.”

“I enjoy telling people what I’m thinking, what I’m feeling, and putting my feelings on my sleeve. I’ve had some opinions that were polarizing, but you know where I am. For a long time I’ve been quiet about a number of things, and there have been narratives that come out and spread like wildfire that weren’t Actually based on any fact. I think I got to a point where I was like, ‘Enough is enough, I’m going to go back to some of these accounts.’

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“Playing for Green Bay means being part of history”

Determining how long Rodgers will continue to love the challenge is not yet known, although, for now, he has ended speculation about a possible exit from Green Bay with a four-year contract extension again in March that would earn him a league top of 50 dollars. million dollars a year for the first three years.

“The fabric of this organization is very dense,” Rodgers said of his pride in playing for the Packers. “There have been a lot of iconic players and coaches here, and it kind of means a little bit more because you know you’re part of the history of this franchise – even more so now.

See the top 10 plays by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers from the 2021 NFL season.

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See the top 10 plays by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers from the 2021 NFL season.

See the top 10 plays by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers from the 2021 NFL season.

“In your first year as a player, it’s exciting, it’s Lambo Stadium, it’s your first time. But when you’re a player in your 18th year, it really pays to keep doing that and to know that your name is among those names that have played and succeeded in this famous franchise. .

“No player has been in Green Bay for longer than years of playing. And we have some famous names, from Bart Starr to Brett Farve, from Reggie White to Ray Nitschke and so on… Vince Lombardi, Curley Lambeau. [who the stadium is named after].

Aaron Rodgers took charge of the Green Bay Packers from Hall of Famer Brett Favre

Aaron Rodgers took charge of the Green Bay Packers from Hall of Famer Brett Favre

“To be remembered now forever in relation to this team is special and I don’t want to lose sight of that.”

Although his time in Green Bay and in the NFL in general may be coming to an end in the coming years, Rodgers isn’t afraid to retire. “Not at all,” he said.

“At some point the journey will be over. And you have to be ready to get off, close the class, and move on to something else.”

And when that point comes, what legacy would he like to leave behind in Green Bay, honoring so many Packers greats with the streets being named after them? Rodgers, as always, has his sights set higher.

“Bigger is better. Maybe a stadium?” He added jokingly.

Watch Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears in Week Two of the 2022 NFL season, live on Sky Sports NFL from 1.20 a.m. in the early hours of Monday morning.