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Video: Aaron Rodgers has this incredibly slick move with the football

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers can do some special things with the football, and we’re not just talking about the impressive passes he throws.

Rodgers showed off his ability to do some tricks with the ball prior to his Green Bay Packers’ game against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.

Come on, that kind of trick is just unfair. That’s probably what you learn when you spend all day messing around with a ball in your hands.

If you enjoyed that from the Packers quarterback, you’ll like one of our favorite trick shot videos. This was from a former UConn quarterback several years ago.

Danica Patrick says dating standards ‘off the charts’ after Aaron Rodgers split

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers called off their relationship after nearly two years together back in July, and the former NASCAR driver has a warning for the next guy she dates — better bring your “A” game.

Patrick touched on her relationship with Rodgers during an appearance on “The Rachel Hollis Show on Quibi” this week. While she didn’t mention the Green Bay Packers star by name, Patrick did talk about what she learned from “the last relationship.” She said her needs have changed significantly since.

“The next guy has his work cut out for him because my intuition, my standards, my boundaries, my wants and needs are like off the charts because I’ve gotten to know me so much more,” Patrick said. “It’s going to be so much more narrow and specific. I think that’s the challenge with a relationship is — and I said this at the beginning of the last relationship — you either grow together, one grows and one doesn’t, or you grow apart.”

That almost sounds like a warning to Patrick’s future boyfriend. Whoever that lucky guy may be can thank Rodgers.

Patrick and Rodgers dated for nearly two years. We’ve seen Patrick fire back at some trolls on social media since the split, and she has been fairly open in discussing it.

While Rodgers has said very little publicly about the breakup, he seemed to address it this week with remarks that some interpreted as a swipe at Patrick.

Danica Patrick discusses how she has changed since Aaron Rodgers split

Danica Patrick

It has been more than two months now since Danica Patrick confirmed she and Aaron Rodgers are no longer dating, and it sounds like both feel they are better off in the wake of the split.

Patrick touched on her relationship with Rodgers during an appearance on “The Rachel Hollis Show on Quibi” this week. The former NASCAR driver spoke about having a fresh start and said she learned so much during her time with Rodgers that the next man she dates “has his work cut out for him.”

“The next guy has his work cut out for him because my intuition, my standards, my boundaries, my wants and needs are like off the charts because I’ve gotten to know me so much more,” Patrick said. “It’s going to be so much more narrow and specific. I think that’s the challenge with a relationship is — and I said this at the beginning of the last relationship — you either grow together, one grows and one doesn’t, or you grow apart.”

Patrick and Rodgers dated for nearly two years. We’ve seen Patrick fire back at some trolls on social media since the split, and she has been fairly open in discussing it.

While Rodgers has said very little publicly about the breakup, he seemed to address it this week with remarks that some interpreted as a swipe at Patrick.

Aaron Rodgers seemed to address Danica Patrick breakup

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers seemed to address his breakup with Danica Patrick in a recent interview.

Rodgers was a guest on “The Pat McAfee Show” and was asked why he seems to be so much happier and enjoying life. The Green Bay Packers quarterback did not specifically mention Patrick, but talked about why he is enjoying life so much more. He specifically mentioned that his mentality “starts with love.”

“I have just a new and increased love of life,” Rodgers said. “And I’ve made decisions and changes and habits that put me in a lot better head space and there’s just a lot of things that have come together in my life over the last few months that have really been enjoyable and reminded me, given me perspective, on life and in football to view things through the most positive lens I possibly can.

“And that’s why I’m having so much fun and it starts with love. And then surrounding yourself with people that you really enjoy.”

If Rodgers is emphasizing the importance of love and surrounding himself with the right people, it’s easy to understand why many interpreted the answer as being about Patrick.

In July, we learned that Rodgers and Patrick were no longer dating. The two had been together since at least early 2018.

Patrick has been fighting off the trolls being critical of her after the breakup.

Aaron Rodgers praises Dak Prescott for talking about his depression, anxiety

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers on Wednesday praised fellow quarterback Dak Prescott for opening up about his depression and anxiety.

In an interview published earlier this month, Prescott admitted he felt anxious and depressed early in the quarantine period.

Prescott’s admission led to criticism from one pundit who felt the Dallas Cowboys quarterback’s words could hurt him on the field.

Rodgers was asked during a Wednesday press conference about Prescott and shared his thoughts.

“I think it’s great. I saw what Dak said, I applaud him,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s phenomenal, him speaking out, because that’s true courage and that’s true strength. It’s not a weakness at all. And anybody who attacks it … other people’s opinions of ourselves have rnothing to do with us. And other people’s opinions of Dak have nothing to do with him. Those are their own insecurities to deal with their own s–t, probably.”

Rodgers seemed to be taking a shot at a certain FS1 personality with the remark.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback talked about the stigma surrounding mental health discussions.

“There’s a weird stigma around it — weakness — to either ask for help or admit you’re struggling with things, or admit negative thoughts about yourself,” Rodgers said. “I think the strength is taking care of yourself and taking care of your mind and understanding how important your thoughts are because they become things … and understanding how important positivity is, and your attitude, and waking up each day with the right focus and the right mindset. Taking time to be quiet during the day, allow your brain to rewire itself.”

Rodgers isn’t the only NFL player who appreciated Prescott’s candor. After the Cowboys’ Week 2 game, an opponent approached Prescott to talk about it.

Below is a video of Rodgers sharing his thoughts.

Aaron Rodgers expresses his disdain for ‘clickbait’ and hot-take shows

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers considers himself a reasonable person and is not a fan of unreasonable opinion shows and clickbait headlines from the media.

Rodgers was interviewed by Kyle Brandt for his new podcast and talked about his disdain for the extreme clickbait content.

“Everybody’s trying to say the most outlandish thing possible to get the most clickbait. And I’ve said it many times about clickbait, is that my problem with putting ridiculous headlines on the story is that in this culture where the attention span is so short for so many people, even people probably listening to this interview or watching this who can’t stay on the entire time because they have other things to do and other things to look at on their phone,” Rodgers said, as transcribed by SI’s Jimmy Traina.

“All they’re gonna read is eight words on ESPN’s front page and that’s what these people are trying to get people to click on. If they get one second on that page, that counts as a pageview. And the more pageviews you get, the more ad revenue you get.

“And I think it’s really low-class journalism. Some of the headlines that get put on some of these articles that have nothing to do with what’s actually, content-wise, in the article. I think it’s poor journalism. I think it’s a total lack of integrity. I don’t want to look at that and I don’t want to listen to four people on some show yelling at each other about opinions. Do they really feel that way? Or are they trying to be the most outlandish opinion possible so they get the most views when it gets retweeted on Twitter or posted on a 10-second blurb on ESPN.com? I just think it’s really done a disservice to the industry of journalism for sure.”

Rodgers raises plenty of valid points that many people have complained about for a while. He has been in the public eye for over 15 years and understands the way it works. He’s also called out false rumors plenty of times when he has seen them.

His interview with Brandt had plenty of interesting details, including his thoughts about the Packers drafting Jordan Love. Rodgers is under contract through 2023 but recognizes that his future with the Packers is in jeopardy.

Brett Favre thinks Aaron Rodgers on the Bears would be wild

Brett Favre

Aaron Rodgers has only played for one team during his NFL career, but that could change soon, and Brett Favre thinks one particular team would be an interesting option for the veteran.

Favre was a guest on Complex Sports’ “Load Management” podcast and talked about Rodgers. He was asked what team Rodgers could go to where he could hurt the Packers the most, and one of the hosts mentioned the Bears as an option. Favre agreed that Rodgers could do a lot of damage to Green Bay playing for Chicago.

“I would love to see (Aaron Rodgers on the Bears),” Favre said. “Just from the standpoint that we have killed the Bears collectively. Bears fans would probably be like, ‘I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I am so glad that Aaron Rodgers is on our team.’ He instantly makes you a contender.”

Rodgers is under contract through 2023, but his status with the Packers changed after the team selected quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said he expects Rodgers to remain with the team for a very long time, but it’s hard to see that being the case when there is a first-round pick waiting behind him.

Rodgers’ situation is eerily similar to how he broke into the league as a first-round pick by the Packers in 2005 when Favre was entrenched as the starter. The Cal product eventually replaced Favre, and now the same thing could be happening to Rodgers. Favre ended up playing for the Jets and then the Vikings to end his career. Rodgers going to Chicago would be similar.

Rodgers recently opened up about his feelings on the Packers drafting Love.

H/T The Spun

Danica Patrick fires back at troll who mocked her for Aaron Rodgers split

Danica Patrick has made it clear that she is moving on from Aaron Rodgers, but that does not mean she is going to sit back while random people on social media troll her over her dating life.

Patrick, who confirmed last month that she and Rodgers have broken up, fired back at an Instagram follower on Monday who said she has a “problem in dating.” Patrick highlighted the comment in her story and shared her thoughts. You can see a screenshot below:

“If we let what one person thinks of us be our reality, we are doomed,” Patrick wrote. “Realize that what someone says to us has a lot more to do with their own wounds and reality than ours. Our reality is our decision. Still not easy — but true.”

Patrick and Rodgers dated for nearly two years, and the driver has shared some optimistic posts on social media since the breakup. Rodgers is rumored to have moved on to an actress now that he is no longer dating Patrick, though that has not been confirmed.

Danica Patrick shares optimistic Instagram post after Aaron Rodgers split

Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers recently broke up after dating for nearly two years, but Patrick appears to be doing just fine in the wake of the split.

On Sunday, Patrick shared an optimistic Instagram post about a workout class she recently started. She described the program as “emotional therapy” and wrote about the importance of having your own back.

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I’ve got me, I always have. I started doing @theclass last week because @lilyniels has been loving it and we did a few classes together. Turns out, now I do too! It’s emotional therapy through moving the body, breath, and acknowledging what comes up. In class you put your hand on your heart and lower stomach (sacral) to reset the body between moves. ……Today I put my left hand on my stomach…. and the back of my right hand on my back, surrounding the solar plexus chakra, and all I heard was – I got you, I always have. That is the main chakra that lights up on me in life. We all “got” ourselves WAY more than we give ourselves credit for, that was the message for me today anyway. I mean….. we got this far didn’t we friends?!!!!

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“Today I put my left hand on my stomach … and the back of my right hand on my back, surrounding the solar plexus chakra, and all I heard was – I got you, I always have,” Patrick wrote. “That is the main chakra that lights up on me in life. We all ‘got’ ourselves WAY more than we give ourselves credit for, that was the message for me today anyway. I mean….. we got this far didn’t we friends?!!!!”

Patrick confirmed more than two weeks ago that she and Rodgers have gone their separate ways. She also shared some cryptic quotes on social media that seemed to be related to the breakup.

Rodgers was rumored to have moved on to an actress now that he is not longer dating Patrick, though that has not been confirmed.

Packers coach envisions Aaron Rodgers with team ‘for a really long time’

The Green Bay Packers left many scratching their heads when they drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round this year, but head coach Matt LaFleur continues to insist the decision says nothing about Aaron Rodgers’ future with the franchise.

During a conference call with reporters on Sunday, LaFleur said twice that he expects to be working with Rodgers “for a really long time.”

Rodgers will turn 37 before the end of the upcoming season, so he is certainly on the back nine of his career. However, other quarterbacks like Tom Brady Drew Brees have continued to play at a high level into their 40s, so Rodgers isn’t close to done if he follows the same timeline.

One reporter speculated after the draft that LaFleur may have been trying to send Rodgers a message when the Packers selected Love, but it doesn’t sound like the coach was responsible for the pick. LaFleur said back in May that his relationship with Rodgers is in a very good place.

Teams typically don’t use a first-round pick on a quarterback they envision as a backup for very long, so perhaps the Packers are protecting themselves because Rodgers has suffered so many injuries in recent years. Whatever the case, one franchise legend believes the team’s decision to draft Love will ultimately lead to Rodgers wanting out of Green Bay.