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Aaron Rodgers’ relationship with fiancée Shailene Woodley kept the Packers quarterback calm when Green Bay drafted Jordan Love.
The Utah State star was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, which led fans to believe the team had picked up Rodgers’ replacement — 15 years after the Packers tabbed Rodgers to take over for Brett Favre.
“Life’s great, I’m excited about where I’m at, both personally and professionally,” Rodgers said during a virtual appearance on “Good Morning Football” on Tuesday.
“It’s been quite a year, a lot has happened personally,” he continued, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to “go inward” and “read more.”
After admittedly working on himself throughout 2020, Rodgers met Woodley.
“My life got infinitely better” during a time when “there was a draft with the Packers that kind of changed maybe the future of my trajectory with them,” he said, referencing Green Bay’s selection of Love — after they traded up from the 30th to the 26th pick.
The move came as a shock to fans, who thought Green Bay would’ve been better off getting downfield help for the 37-year-old Rodgers in the latter part of his career. Additionally, the “replacement” chatter online sparked speculation that the face of the franchise was bitter over the decision. However, Rodgers had Woodley, who made him see the bigger picture.
“(It) was a great opportunity to really grow and learn and sit with feelings and choose to not be bitter and be a victim,” Rodgers said, adding that it made him “enjoy life and adjust perspective to enjoy the little things.”
With the help of Woodley, combined with his new-found attitude, Rodgers had a “blast” last season leading the Packers to a 13-3 record and the NFC Championship Game.
“Obviously we made a great run,” he said, mentioning the Packers’ coaching staff, as well as his teammates.
Rodgers is signed through 2023, but there is not a significant financial cost for the Packers to move on Rodgers after this upcoming season. Not to mention, Rodgers himself recently admitted that he’d love to host “Jeopardy!” full-time if the opportunity presented itself.
The one-time Super Bowl MVP made his guest-host debut on the hit quiz competition show on Monday, and will maintain the gig until April 16 — as part of a star-studded lineup of guest hosts following the passing of Alex Trebek. The longtime host died in November after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80. Rodgers honored the “Jeopardy!” icon, by calling him a “hero,” while on “Good Morning Football.”
As for “Shai,” the actress tuned into “Jeopardy!” on Monday night and called her man “super sexy” on Instagram Stories.
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