Amid questions about his long-term future with the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers spoke candidly about improving his mental health this offseason.
On the eve of a charity golf exhibition against his football rival Tom Brady, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers provided an update on his mental health during what has been a stormy offseason. A 16-year NFL veteran, Rodgers is in the midst of a very public disagreement with the only NFL team he’s ever played for.
Rather than let himself get bogged down in the fall-out, Rodgers focused on taking care of his mental health and keeping a positive state of mind. According to Ben Baby of ESPN, here’s what the three-time NFL MVP had to say.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work on my mental health. I haven’t dealt with bouts of depression or anything, that I think for whatever reason, are OK to talk about if you’re talking about mental health. I’ve just really been trying to think about what puts me in the best frame of mind. What habits can I form that allow me to feel most in my body, most present, happiest? And that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Rodgers focused on mental state
Rodgers rightly pointed out there’s a stigma around mental health discussions, especially in sports.
“The mental side of [sports] is so important for all of us athletes,” Rodgers said. “I don’t think it’s talked about enough. But taking time to work on yourself is, I think, the best gift any of us can give ourselves.”