Aaron Rodgers Describes Perfect Ending to Packers Career

Aaron Rodgers

Getty Sunday Night Football in Week 12 pits two NFC North teams who badly need a win with the home stretch of the year now underway. The Green Bay Packers (4-5-1) are on the road against the Minnesota Vikings (5-4-1) with both looking up at the 8-3 Chicago Bears currently. The Packers are 0-5 on the road this year, and in order for them to make the postseason, that’ll need to change quickly. With what should be an interesting game with plenty of storylines, it also creates a solid fantasy football slate as well. DraftKings will offer a wide range of showdown games for this matchup and there are some good games to cap off the night and a full day of NFL action Sunday. For those who haven’t played a showdown game, they’re quite a bit different than most daily fantasy games, as you’ll select six players instead of a whole lineup. Of those six players, they can come from any position and you can even use two quarterbacks, two kickers, two defenses or whatever mixture you feel confident in. I’ll break down the DraftKings offerings for the showdown between the Packers and Vikings, and in the process will build three unique lineups. Throughout the process of building, I’ll break down the slate, my top options and the thought process behind the construction of each lineup. Of the three different lineups I’ll build, they’ll be best suited for different types of games. There will be an optimal lineup which can work in a variety of spots, a 150-max option (high ceiling, more risk) and a single-entry/cash lineup (high floor, less risk). The optimal features my favorite plays and a bit of risk, but also one or two potentially lower-owned players, while the 150-max has the high-upside options. When creating lineups for Showdown games there is a lot to be considered, and one key area is the captain spot. You’ll choose one captain for every lineup and that player costs 1.5-times more than normal but will receive 1.5x the points as well. Before breaking down the specific lineups, I’ll evaluate my favorite captain options more in-depth. As we get into it, here’s a look at the rules of showdown games and idea behind how the games work. – Six total players (one captain, five flex players)
– Captain selection costs 1.5 times standard salary but scores 1.5 times the standard points
– Can choose from any position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K, DST)
– $50,000 salary cap
– You can use more than one quarterback Unlike a full slate with a bigger lineup, when picking only six players, a big key can be finding ways to differentiate your lineups. I’ll offer some thoughts and insight on a variety of ways to do that, some of which will include your captain choice. Let’s start off with captains and evaluate the top plays who you should spend up for in the bonus spot for the Packers vs. Vikings matchup Sunday.

Fear not, Green Bay Packers fans. Aaron Rodgers has no plans to end his playing career anytime soon after last week’s news of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck retiring at age 29 shook the NFL to its core.

But the Packers two-time MVP does have an ideal endgame in mind for when retirement does finally come for him.

Rodgers said Friday on The Rich Eisen Show his idea of a perfect finish would be to “win the Super Bowl at age 45 and ride off into the sunset.”

“I envision playing as long as my body feels good and I continue to have passion and love for the game that I do right now that still fuels me and is still a passion,” continued Rodgers, who won’t turn 45 for just shy of another decade. “And I still love the daily grind and the practice and the preparation. If I can give everything to a team in that manner and my body feels good, I’m going to keep on rolling.”

Rodgers was defensive of Luck’s decision to step away from the game when news broke that health reasons were the deciders of his surprise retirement, partly because he said he knows what missing time with injuries can do to a player’s mentality.

Rodgers played most of the 2018 season on a sprained knee and fractured leg bone as the Packers kidding to a 6-9-1 record behind the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. The Packers won the division in 2016 as well as four seasons straight from 2011-14 under Rodgers — who claimed league MVP honors in the first and last year of that stretch.

Rodgers also missed a bulk of the 2017 season after fracturing his right collarbone.

As far as now, though, Rodgers is healthy and ready to lead the Packers for the 2019 season after decidedly not playing a snap of the preseason. Back tightness flared up and benched Rodgers just before the second exhibition in Baltimore, holding him out of a practice as well, but the Packers star quarterback said he feels ready to go Week 1 against the Chicago Bears.

The ‘Stache is Gone

Rodgers also broke some “dreadful” lifestyle news Friday’s radio appearance when he announced he shaved off his glorious mustache that had captured attention throughout the preseason.

He rolled into Winnipeg ahead of the Packers’ third exhibition game against the Oakland Raiders sporting a “Canadian tuxedo” as an ode to Sam Elliott, while the preseason finale saw Rodgers and some of his teammates assumed the personas of characters from “Happy Gilmore.”

But as Rodgers told Eisen, the facial hair is gone heading into the regular season.

“It’s gone,” Rodgers said when Eisen asked about it. “Shaved it off last night.”

“It was just getting the way. Too much getting in the mustache. Time to move on to a new look,” Rodgers continued. “Some of the guys were giving me crap about it — probably 50/50 compliments to crap — but time to move on.”

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