A few weeks ago, Aaron Rodgers told Pat McAfee that he watches Monday Night Football with the sound off. Despite his apparent displeasure with NFL broadcasters, Rodgers doesn’t plan on attempting to fix the problem by entering the booth himself.
During his most recent appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers shared his lack of interest in becoming an NFL broadcaster when he retires, instead wanting to separate himself from the game he committed his life to.
McAfee had already spent a good portion of Tuesday’s show ranting about the ineptitude of many NFL broadcasters, so it wasn’t a surprise when he asked Rodgers, who McAfee clearly respects, if he had any interest in heading to the booth when his playing days are over. Rodgers at first only offered a simple “no.”
“I’ve given a lot to this game,” Rodgers further explained. “I’ve been playing since I was in eighth grade. I’ve been playing 16 years and I just feel like when I’m done I want to be done. I think it’d be fun to help out an age group that I feel like is real impressionable still, like high school kids. I think being able to volunteer or just help with some quarterback stuff I think would be fun. Just because I love the game so much I don’t want to totally get out of it, but as far as the pro level, I don’t see myself doing anything with it.”
NFL media loves quarterbacks, so a network would certainly be willing to give a future hall-of-famer like Rodgers a chance in the booth. He’s intelligent with a dry sense of humor, but he’s not fully loaded with enthusiasm the way Tony Romo is. Despite his probable insightful analysis, I’m not even sure Rodgers would unmute the broadcast to hear a commentator who shares his monotonous voice inflection.
NBC already showed previous interest, adding Rodgers to their coverage of Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. But as a quarterback who’s already made more than a quarter-billion dollars in the NFL, it would take an exorbitant amount of money to change Rodgers apathy for broadcasting.