AARON RODGERS revealed he almost didn’t make the NFL.
The 38-year-old is now a four-time league MVP and one of the best quarterbacks to have played.
But the Green Bay Packers star almost gave up his sporting dream of becoming a lawyer.
Speaking to Barstool Sports, the quarterback was specifically asked if he was about to become a lawyer.
And he shared about his college days and what kept his football fire burning.
He said: “When I think about it, there was a day when, of course, everything was corrected.
“It was February 2002 and the baseball coach who had been my JV football coach had kind of urged me to maybe come out and play baseball and pitch, and I hadn’t played since eighth grade.
“And so the pitchers and catchers were playing catch on the pavement or something and he was like, ‘Oh, come out and throw a little,’ and they had the gun out there.
“And that one day I think changed my competitive fire.”
Rodgers continued, “Because I came out of winter, didn’t have any offers and really didn’t know what I was going to do.
“Of course the JUCOs in the area wanted me to play there, but when you grow up you don’t dream of playing JUCO ball.
“I went to junior college in Butte, had a fantastic time, was still very close with my coaches there, and then the rest is kind of history.”
Rodgers caused a stir this week when he attributed his last MVP year to using a psychedelic drug.
Last week, the 38-year-old spoke about ayahuasca on the Aubrey Marcus Podcast.
The drug has been used as a healing method in Central and South America for thousands of years.
It contains a controlled substance called dimethyltryptamine — or DMT, which is illegal in the US.
But people who want to use the drug can travel to other countries in America and find medically licensed plant medicine centers.
And Rodgers believes his use of the drug helped his performances on the field.
He said: “I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Really not.
“I don’t really believe in coincidences right now.
“It is the universe that makes things happen when they are meant to happen.”
He added: “I lay down on my mat afterwards and then opened my eyes and it felt like I was opening my eyes for the first time.
“I really feel like this experience paved the way for me to have the best season of my career.
“I think the greatest gift I can give my teammates is that I can step up and be someone who can model unconditional love for them.
“They won’t care what you say until they know how much you care.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/nfl/5956131/aaron-rodgers-nfl-football-college-lawyer/ Aaron Rodgers almost quit football and made a surprising career choice ahead of his NFL Hall of Fame career