Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers brushed off critics of his decision-making process after returning from a “darkness retreat,” stating he will decide his playing future on his own terms.

“I’m answering questions about it because I got asked about it. I’m talking about it because it’s important to me. If you don’t like it and you think it’s drama, you think I’m being a diva or whatever, then just tune it out. That’s fine,” Rodgers said on the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast,” according to NFL Network. “But this is my life. It’s important to me, and I’ll make a decision soon enough, and we’ll go down that road and be really excited about it.”

The interview, recorded on Feb. 22 and released Wednesday, marks the first time Rodgers spoke publicly since his four-day darkness retreat in Oregon. Rodgers took part in the retreat to help him decide what he will do in 2023. He is contemplating either retiring, playing for the Packers next year, or requesting a trade to another team.

“It’s best for anybody who has an interest to make a decision sooner rather than later,” Rodgers said on the podcast, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

The 39-year-old described the retreat as “incredible” and “difficult at times,” according to Justin Terranova of the New York Post.

Rodgers failed to make the playoffs last season for the first time since 2018. He started all 17 games for the Packers, throwing for 3,695 yards with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

The four-time first-team All-Pro is set to have a $31.6-million cap hit in 2023 after signing a three-year, $150-million extension last offseason. The Las Vegas Raiders and New York Jets are reportedly potential landing spots if Rodgers requests a trade.

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