Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has kept his private life as private as he could for many years, but it seems like he's finally letting it go.
Rodgers, whether he liked it or not, got on the radar of the gossip sites when he started dating actress Olivia Munn, who is most well known for her role in "The Newsroom." Any doubt the rumors were accurate was erased when US Weekly published a photo of Munn and Rodgers kissing, a picture that made the rounds on the Internet.
There was no way one of the NFL's most famous players and a beautiful actress were going to start dating without the paparazzi getting involved, and in an interview with Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee, Rodgers was at peace with that.
"For one, I’m real happy in my relationship," Rodgers told ESPN Milwaukee. "And I understand what comes with it. And two, the last couple years I’ve learned a lot about perspective and what’s important. And, that you cannot, when you’ve had success individually and collectively as a team and you are highlighted for the things you’ve done on the field and off the field, you cannot hide from the spotlight. You have to learn to embrace it."
Rodgers answers to the questions about his fame are interesting. He makes a good point that he didn't initially sign up for the off-field attention, that he just wanted to play football. Once he started doing commercials and hanging out with Justin Timberlake it's harder to sympathize with the thought that he wants to stay out of the spotlight, but he has realized there's nothing he can do about it.
"I need to be living my life," Rodgers said. "And I’m going to continue living my life and enjoy my public life and enjoy my relationships and not worry too much about that other stuff because it’s like in football – there’s some things you just cannot control, and that’s one of them."
The rest of the interview is good too, with Rodgers talking about taking better care of his body, about his relationship with Brett Favre ("Yeah, we’re on good terms, and it’s a friendship. We talk every now and then," he said), and how tough it was last year to have a broken collarbone and miss games ("I’m not changing the way I play," he said about the injury).
The attention will soon be back on Rodgers for what he does on the field, which is probably fine with him, even if he knows that the other attention isn't going away anytime soon.
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