Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers typically likes to keep close counsel.
Rodgers rarely wades into waters that involve talking about himself off the field or the current political climate in this country, but those are two of the many things he discussed with ESPN The Magazine’s Mina Kimes during an interview this past summer.
Hitting the newsstands this week, and available online, Kimes’ profile of Rodgers includes several interesting revelations on subjects he traditionally has declined to speak about. Whether it's his family, his faith or his take on Colin Kaepernick’s employment status, this is a peek into a side of Rodgers that Packers fans rarely get to see.
The entire article is worth your time, but some highlights include:
On questioning the faith he grew up with:
"I think in people's lives who grew up in some sort of organized religion, there really comes a time when you start to question things more," he says. "It happens for some at an early age; others, you know, maybe a little older. That happened to me six or seven years ago."
"I remember asking a question as a young person about somebody in a remote rainforest. Because the words that I got were: 'If you don't confess your sins, then you're going to hell.' And I said, 'What about the people who don't have a Bible readily accessible?'"
On the estrangement with his family:
“A lot of people have family issues. I'm not the only one that does. It needs to be handled the right way."
On Colin Kaepernick’s suspected blackballing by the NFL and the anthem protests in general seen around the league:
"I think he should be on a roster right now. I think because of his protests, he's not.”
"I'm gonna stand because that's the way I feel about the flag -- but I'm also 100 percent supportive of my teammates or any fellow players who are choosing not to. They have a battle for racial equality. That's what they're trying to get a conversation started around."