Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has revealed that this offseason he focused on his mental health. Rodgers, who is approaching his 17th season in the NFL, hasn't had an easy few months. After the season ended, the rumors were that Rodgers was unhappy with the Packers.
However, the Packers refused to trade the last year's NFL MVP. But Rodgers is still unhappy with the Packers as he has missed the team's mandatory minicamp and missed Green Bay's offseason program. "I'm very thankful for the opportunity to work on my mental health," Rodgers said.
"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."
On Monday, Rodgers used a proverb
"Sometimes the loudest person in the room is not the smartest person," Rodgers said.
"Sometimes the loudest person in the room is not the person who has all the facts on their side or the truth on their side. Sometimes there's a lot of wisdom in silence. Sometimes there's a lot of wisdom in being selective on what you say."
Rodgers suggested that the mental health of players is a serious matter and that it should be taken seriously. "The mental side of it 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." Meanwhile, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey spoke about the importance of mental health of those who have served the country.
“Mental health is an unbelievably important topic, especially today,” McCaffrey told Alaina Getzenberg of the Charlotte Observer. “Unfortunately, I’ve been not a part of, but I’ve experienced friends who have lost their lives through mental health issues and who’ve struggled a lot due to mental health”.
A recent report found that more than 30,000 active duty military personnel and veterans have died by suicide since September 11, 2001, which is more than four times as many as have died in combat “This is something that’s going to require everyone’s effort now,” McCaffrey said, “as far as taking care of our veterans”.