Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has described his future as a "beautiful mistery" ahead of his fifth NFC Championship Game. Rodgers, 37, led the Packers to a Super Bowl victory 10 years ago and since then he has made it to four NFC Championship games.
In the last NFL draft, the Packers used their first round draft pick to select quarterback Jordan Love, who is projected to replace Rodgers in Green Bay. After the move was made, the chances of 37-year-old Rodgers not finishing his career in Green Bay became much higher.
"I'm always just trying to stay present, especially this year as much as anything, and enjoy the moments," Rodgers said Wednesday. "I hope there's more opportunities, but I don't know. I mean, I really don't.
That stuff is out of my control. My future is a beautiful mystery I think. The present is such a gift to be able to stay in the moment and to have gratitude for being in this situation again, and being with the guys and having fans in our stadium and maybe snow in an NFC Championship Game.
I'm going to enjoy these moments for sure, and just not worry about what happens down the line."
Rodgers ready for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
For the first time in the Rodgers era, the Packers are set to host the NFC Championship Game.
The Packers will have all but an easy job on Sunday as they are set to fight against the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers for a Super Bowl spot. "No more pressure than usual," Rodgers said when asked if there's more pressure on him and the Packers this year.
"I think a lot of times the storylines, pressure and those kinds of comments are good stuff for you guys to write about, but I think it starts with the mentality and focus. Obviously I put pressure on myself to perform every single week, and I think there's a lot to be said for being able to harness that pressure and fear of failure and focus into a real positive.
That's something you learn over the years. But I don't feel any extra pressure going into this one. "Definitely thankful to be back here. A lot of people didn't think we'd be back here after last season. We got a lot of interesting comments last year about us being the worst 13-3 team that people had seen.
Not the same type of comments this [time]. Obviously we're clicking a lot better on offense, I do feel really thankful to be back here, thankful for the chance to be playing."