GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers has always been very protective of his private life. When the Green Bay Packers quarterback isn’t on the field, he’s preferred to be off the grid.
So, when photos surfaced of Rodgers kissing actress Olivia Munn, many assumed he would be upset about it. Instead, Rodgers has had a change in attitude about all that comes with being a well-known athlete.
"It’s a different world than even in the ’90s when Brett (Favre) was winning MVPs," Rodgers said. "There’s a lot quicker access to information, there’s camera phones that follow your every move and they enjoy the pictures; whether you’re eating lunch or you’re walking down the street or whatnot.
"I think it has to be natural. It’s been a natural progression as you start to think about the things that are important and the things that you should be worrying about and the things that are out of your control. For me, as I get older, I love this game, I enjoy my privacy, but I realize it comes with the territory when you have success.
Late in 2012, Rodgers wouldn’t discuss reports that he was engaged to a then-girlfriend. In the year that followed, rumors about his sexual orientation became such gossip fodder that Rodgers decided to publicly say, "I’m not gay; I really, really like women."
As a former NFL Most Valuable Player who’s still in the prime of his career, Rodgers may be many years away from having a personal life that isn’t also of interest to fans. But with a newfound level of acceptance for what It means to be in the public eye, Rodgers is now taking a different approach to it.