Aaron Rodgers Opened up About His Religious Childhood and How He Became the ‘King of the Two-Minute Drill’

After trailing the Detroit Lions by 14 points in the first half, Aaron Rodgers came back in the fourth quarter to lead his team to a 23-20 victory, securing the number two seed in the NFC and earned a first-round bye.

Rodgers sat down with his girlfriend, former professional race car driver Danica Patrick, on her podcast, Pretty Intense, to explain how he mastered two-minute drills and why he aims to do something uncomfortable every day.

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Aaron Rodgers on going from religious to spiritual

In the nearly two-hour podcast, listeners heard a different side of Rodgers as he opened up about his childhood, high emotional intelligence level, and how he keeps his mind sharp.

The NFL quarterback explained he accepted Christ at 4-years-old and went to church every Sunday. At the time, it was a routine thing everyone he knew did until he met someone at Life Group who cussed every now and then and loved sports.

Rodgers said he liked the way his teacher spoke about Jesus, and he enjoyed the “outreach” activities they used to, including rebuilding houses in Mexico.

Then, when he went to college, he noticed there were organizations instead of life groups, and the quarterback couldn’t find a connection. Therefore, Rodgers began questioning his faith and realized “rules, regulations, and binary systems don’t resonate” with the NFL player.

As a result, he “slowly moved” away from it and began studying different types of spirituality. While Rodgers believes religion works from some people who like structure, he also thinks others use it “as a crutch” to set themselves above others.

Aaron Rodgers tries to do something ‘uncomfortable’ everyday

Danica Patrick asked her boyfriend which daily habits are most important to him, and Rodgers answered that he “enjoys starting the day off with new mantras” and tries to do something uncomfortable every day. For him, that means “having uncomfortable conversations” and apologizing.

Rodgers noticed that every time one asks for forgiveness, something great “energy-wise” happens between those two people. For example, the NFL quarterback told a story about a debate he had with another teammate where other players “cosigned” Rodger’s points.

Even though he felt like he did nothing wrong, the quarterback realized the teammate might have felt “belittled,” so he decided to do his one uncomfortable thing of the day and apologize. After Rodgers expressed regret, the quarterback noted the apology was “warranted” because the player did feel slighted.

He believes that doing something uncomfortable every day, and reciting mantras help him to continue growing and become a better version of himself.

Aaron Rodgers explained how he became the King of the Two-Minute Drill

The majority of the podcast focused on Aaron Rodgers’ spirituality, his high emotional and mental intelligence, and how those aspects combine to make him one of the best current quarterbacks in the NFL.

He is mostly known for his two-minute drills and incredible ability to get the ball downfield for a total of 23 game-winning drives, the 11th most of any quarterback.

In the podcast, Rodgers recalled himself at five-years-old watching San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana beat the Cincinnati Bengals at the last second, and Michael Jordan “drain a mid-range shot” during the basketball player’s final game with the Chicago Bulls at 14-years-old.

When Rodgers saw those incredible plays in the last moments, he remembered telling himself that he “wanted the ball in clutch moments.” The quarterback explained he always had confidence his team would come back and win, even at a young age, and that “expectation became a manifestation.”

He clarified it all “boils down to a belief in confidence and belief it will happen.” Now, even though his team doesn’t score every time in the final two minutes, everyone, including their team and the opponent, think it will happen, and “that thought is very powerful.”