When an Instagram image sequence starts with a quote on an artistic landscape, you know it is about to get fantastic. Insert in Aaron Rodgers and social media sends itself into a tizzy.
The Environmentally friendly Bay Packers quarterback set a established of photographs he titled “Monday Night time Gratitude” on Instagram thanking a substantial group of individuals for the “previous wonderful year.” It still left a lot of to speculate if Rodgers was completely ready to enter retirement or even go away for a new workforce in the offseason.
And there had been plenty of jokes, lots of around his rocky romance with the Packers front office environment.
At no position in the series of posts and textual content did Rodgers reference his foreseeable future ideas, but go away it to the MVP to tease out some drama. He generally spends Tuesdays on “The Pat McAfee Demonstrate” and the host announced Monday a “large visitor locked and loaded.”
t did close up currently being Rodgers, who straight away declared he would have no announcement. He claimed he had just appear out of a 12-day “panchakarma” cleanse and his to start with believed was “intense gratitude” for these he shown.
Just like Rodgers to raise eyebrows, mail Twitter into a tizzy, then leave it there to fester.
Listed here are the individuals he thanked and sure speculation it drew.
Rodgers many thanks Woodley for ‘incredible kindness’
Information broke previous week that Rodgers and actress Shailene Woodley reportedly finished their engagement and broke up immediately after additional than a yr together. It was at final year’s NFL period awards ceremony that Rodgers talked about a fiancée in accepting his MVP award.
Rodgers, 38, started his post by thanking Woodley. The picture is of them smiling alongside one another on a sofa with a wood stove and bookshelf at the rear of them.
“Thanks for permitting me chase immediately after you the initial couple months immediately after we achieved, and at last permitting me catch up to you and be a element of your lifetime. Many thanks for constantly having my back, for the unbelievable kindness you present me and every person you satisfy, and for exhibiting me what unconditional love seems like, I enjoy you and am grateful for you.”
Woodley was absent from this year’s award ceremony and when asked by the NFL Network if Rodgers had any news to share, he explained, “No. I’m gonna try out and fly beneath the radar and not make way too lots of waves from this place forward.”
His partnership status with Woodley is still unclear soon after he spoke at duration about her as if they are even now jointly on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday.
Rodgers on QB place
Rodgers’ following many thanks went to the quarterbacks and coaches who labored with them every week.
“To the gentlemen I acquired to share the QB area with each day, Matt, Nathaniel [Hackett], Luke [Getsy], [Jordan Love] and [Kurt Benkert], you guys made every day so much fun and I’m so thankful for the daily laughs and stress relief you brought me every week of the year. I love you guys.”
Later on in the post he also thanked teammates collectively with a metaphor on cake.
“To my teammates, past and current, you are the icing on the beautiful cake we call our job football. The friendships that we have will transcend our collective time in this game and I am so thankful for the role that each of you have played in making my life that much better. I love you guys, and cherish the memories we’ve made.”
Rodgers to Friday night friends
Rodgers pushed for the Packers to bring back wide receiver Randall Cobb in the offseason and the organization completed a trade with the Houston Texans in July to make it happen. The two are close and Rodgers thanked him as part of the “Friday Crew” that would get together on the day to have dinners.
The group includes Cobb’s wife Aiyda, a lawyer and human rights advocate and offensive tackle David Bakhtiari and his fiancée Frankie Shebby.
To the Friday Crew, I loved every moment we got to spend together this year. Your love and support was overwhelming, and I cherish the friendships I have with each of you.
He also shared individual photos of himself with each player. And he closed the post with a larger message to anyone he left off:
Spread love and gratitude you beautiful people, and read a book once in a while too while you’re at it. Love and peace.
People want answers
The final photo is what has some speculating the end of Rodgers’ days as the Packers quarterback. It’s a photo of Cobb and receiver Davante Adams standing on the sideline during the national anthem. And the spot between them is where Rodgers typically stands, Mike Florio of NBC Sports noted.
It’s from the game at Kansas City that Rodgers missed because of COVID-19 protocols following his positive test — and the fury over his intentionally misleading people about his vaccination status.
Could that mean he’s leaving? Or is he trolling everyone, again? It’s a long offseason.