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AARON RODGERS DISCUSSES KAEPERNICK, SOCIAL ISSUES AND THE COST OF FAME WITH ESPN THE MAGAZINE'S MINA KIMES

Senior writer Mina Kimes gains rare access to Green Bay Packers standout quarterback in “The Search for Aaron Rodgers.” The profile will be featured in ESPN The Magazine’s NFL Preview Issue on newsstands Friday, September 8.

Story link: http://es.pn/2vJChId

Quotes/Notes:

  • On speaking about social issues: “I don’t shy away from those things. I think that you just have to think about what you say before you say it. But at the right time, you can say things that have a major impact.”
  • Rodgers has said that he envies the NBA’s culture, which enables athletes to speak more freely about social issues. “The guys who are most vocal in the NBA are the best players,” he says. When I point out that he obviously falls into that category for the NFL, he says he believes he can say what he wants, but that it has to feel “authentic.” He mentions that he’s interested in taking on a role in the players’ union, leveraging his unique position to strengthen their cause.
  • On Kaepernick: “I think he should be on a roster right now,” he says. “I think because of his protests, he’s not.”
  • Throughout our conversation, Rodgers mentions several times that he cherishes his work on the field. He has no plans to leave the game anytime soon. But the time he’s spent searching for meaning outside of football has, paradoxically, made him cherish it more, he says. “Because I’m not obsessing over a ball.”

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Media contact: carrie.b.kreiswirth@espn.com

Date: 
Wednesday, August 30, 2017