My dad isn’t your typical septuagenarian. He doesn’t yell at neighborhood children to stay off his lawn and he is oddly adept at using emoji in text message conversations. Like many people in our big small town, my dad adopted the Packers as his own upon moving to Green Bay years ago.

On more than one occasion, my dad and step-mom have commented on the dating life of Green Bay’s starting quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, and how it relates to his on-field performance. I never know if they are joking around or not, but other fans of the green and gold have made similar observations.

Packers fans near and far have blamed actress Olivia Munn and retired race car driver Danica Patrick for downturns in Rodgers’ play over the years. Munn and Patrick, of course, were two of Rodgers’ most recent long-term partners.

Are Rodgers’ romantic relationships and perceived poor play a case of causation or correlation? Let’s dive into the facts.

Packers: 6–10, 3rd in NFC North
Rodgers: 341/536 (63.6%), 4,038 yards, 28 TDs, 13 INT
Relationship status: Unknown

Rodgers, in his first year as a starting NFL quarterback, hadn’t yet become the megastar he is today. Tabloids had no interest in the kid out of Chico, Calif., so there isn’t much out there about Rodgers’ dating life in 2008.

The on-field product didn’t provide many headlines, either. Rodgers was solid in his first season as Packers quarterback. Brett Favre’s ugly departure earned most of the headlines in Green Bay, however, as the team finished 6–10, a disappointing follow-up to a 13-win campaign in 2007.

Packers: 11–5, 2nd in NFC North, loss in wildcard round
Rodgers: 350/541 (64.7%), 4,434 yards, 30 TDs, 7 INT, first Pro Bowl
Relationship status: Unknown

Rodgers’ continued ascension paired with one of the league’s best defenses to give Green Bay its first division title without Brett Favre under center since 1972. A promising season was cut short in a chaotic 51–45 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals, when Rodgers was sacked and Karlos Dansby returned the subsequent fumble 17 yards for the game-winning score.

Though it was clear Rodgers was destined for greatness, the tabloid media wasn’t quite there yet. News of any special women in Rodgers’ life was still hard to come by.

Packers: 10–6, 2nd in NFC North, won Super Bowl XLV
Rodgers: 312/475 (65.7%), 3,922 yards, 28 TDs, 11 INT, Super Bowl XLV MVP
Relationship status: Unknown

Packers fans don’t need me to remind them what happened in 2010. Rodgers and the Packers offense were good, but not great. The defense, however, was incredible. That unit set multiple franchise records en route to lifting the team to its first Super Bowl victory in 14 seasons. Rodgers, who threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns, was named Most Valuable Player in Green Bay’s 31–25 victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.

This would be the last season Rodgers wasn’t considered among the league’s elite quarterbacks, as well as the last time we would go without reports on his dating life.

Packers: 15–1, 1st in NFC North, loss in divisional round
Rodgers: 343/502 (68.3%), 4,643 yards, 45 TDs, 6 INT, NFL MVP, second Pro Bowl
Relationship status: Taken

Rodgers’ Super Bowl XLV encore was a smashing success, as the 27-year-old quarterback went full supernova en route to his first-ever league MVP award. A 10-point fourth-quarter effort in Week 15, led by the illustrious Kyle Orton, saw the Kansas City Chiefs upset the previously undefeated Packers, 19–14. It would be Green Bay’s only loss of the season … until the New York Giants handily defeated the Packers, 37–20, in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. Then-head coach Mike McCarthy would be heavily criticized for resting his starters, including Rodgers, who effectively had three weeks off prior to the contest.

An MVP campaign would not prevent Rodgers from maintaining an active social life. Rodgers briefly dated actress Jessica Szohr before beginning a romantic relationship with long-time friend Destiny Newton.

Packers: 11–5, 1st in NFC North, loss in divisional round
Rodgers: 371/552 (67.2%), 4,295 yards, 39 TDs, 8 INT, third Pro Bowl
Relationship status: Taken

Another year as Green Bay’s starting quarterback provided the opportunity for another stellar performance out of Rodgers, and the Packers’ starter did not disappoint. While his individual numbers fell, it’s hard to blame the man — his 2011 campaign was one of the most impressive seasons in NFL history. The Packers tallied double-digit victories for the fourth year in a row, but ran into a buzzsaw named Colin Kaepernick in the NFC divisional playoffs. Kaepernick threw for 263 yards while rushing for 181 more, setting the NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback in San Francisco’s 45–31 victory.

For the second season in a row, Rodgers was romantically linked with Newton.

Packers: 8–7–1, 1st in NFC North, loss in wildcard round
Rodgers: 193/290 (66.6%), 2,536 yards, 17 TDs, 6 INT
Relationship status: Taken

Prior to the start of the 2013 season, Rodgers inked a five-year, $110 million contract extension to make him the highest-paid player in league history. Unfortunately, Rodgers was unable to immediately make good on the new extension, as a broken collarbone forced Rodgers to miss seven games. Green Bay’s resident cheat code, however, returned to help the Packers prevail in a Week 17 winner-take-all contest in Chicago.

Rodgers spent 2013 with Newton as his better half, but it would be the last time the quarterback would be romantically involved with someone outside the limelight.

Packers: 12–4, 1st in NFC North, loss in NFC Championship Game
Rodgers: 341/520 (65.6%), 4,381 yards, 38 TDs, 5 INT, NFL MVP, fourth Pro Bowl
Relationship status: Taken

Dating Szohr may have been the key for Rodgers to unlock an MVP-caliber season. The actress and quarterback once again dated briefly — this time preceding Rodgers courtship of actress Olivia Munn — before Rodgers went on to win league MVP honors.

As a good friend of mine often says, Rodgers was a fire-breathing dragon in 2014. The Packers lit up the scoreboard week after week, topping 30 points eight times and scoring 50 or more in back-to-back home victories. Green Bay’s postseason run was equally memorable, as the 2014 playoffs featured both a controversial Dez Bryant no-catch call (he caught it — don’t at me) and Seattle’s shocking comeback in the NFC title game.

Packers: 10–6, 2nd in NFC North, loss in divisional round
Rodgers: 347/572 (60.7%), 3,821 yards, 31 TDs, 8 INT, fifth Pro Bowl
Relationship status: Taken

The passing jokes about a connection between Rodgers’ personal life and his on-field play turned to a proper din in 2015. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky published an article that November suggesting Rodgers’ struggles during a three-game Packers losing streak could be connected to problems in his personal life. (Two of those three losses came against the Broncos and Panthers, who played in Super Bowl 50 later that season. Seems relevant.) Munn responded in kind, firing back at Demovsky and later at other national sources who suggested similar issues.

A more likely explanation of Rodgers so-called struggles was the beginning of a rift with former head coach Mike McCarthy, whose offense was growing stale and limiting Rodgers’ effectiveness.

Packers: 10–6, 1st in NFC North, loss in NFC Championship Game
Rodgers: 401/610 (65.7%), 4,428 yards, 40 TDs, 7 INT, sixth Pro Bowl
Relationship status: Taken

Not to be outdone, Rodgers and the Packers dropped four consecutive midseason games in 2016. Green Bay’s defense surrendered more than 38 points per contest over the four-game stretch while Rodgers and the offense broke 30 only once.

The Packers then went on a tear, winning eight straight games, including a 38–13 wildcard-round blowout against the Giants and a 34–31 upset victory over the top-seeded Cowboys. You’ll remember that game for the absolutely absurd sideline throw Rodgers made to tight end Jared Cook with four seconds remaining and the score tied at 31.

Rodgers and Munn were still going strong during the season, but their three-year relationship would come to an end in April 2017.

Packers: 7–9, 3rd in NFC North
Rodgers: 154/238 (64.7%), 1,675 yards, 16 TDs, 6 INT
Relationship status: Single

For the second time in five seasons, Rodgers missed time due to a broken collarbone. Unlike 2013, however, Rodgers would not return to save the Packers’ season.

Green Bay went 3–7 in games Rodgers missed due to injury and were eliminated from playoff contention following a 31–24 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Rodgers played in that game but was placed on injured reserve following the Packers’ playoff elimination.

Rodgers’ personal life appeared to be quiet, as the perennial All-Pro quarterback was not linked to a romantic partner in the months following his split from Munn.

Packers: 6–9–1, 3rd in NFC North
Rodgers: 372/597 (62.3%), 4,442 yards, 25 TDs, 2 INT, seventh Pro Bowl
Relationship status: Taken

Rodgers’ personal life picked back up immediately after the conclusion of the lost 2017 campaign, as the Packers quarterback began dating race car driver Danica Patrick in January 2018.

The rift between McCarthy and Rodgers reached its natural conclusion on Dec. 2 when McCarthy was fired after 13 seasons in Green Bay. Interim head coach Joe Philbin led the Packers to a 2–2 mark to end the campaign, but despite Rodgers’ solid play, Green Bay missed the playoffs for the second season in a row.

Packers: 13–3, 1st in NFC North, loss in NFC Championship Game
Rodgers: 353/569 (62.0%), 4,002 yards, 26 TDs, 4 INT, eighth Pro Bowl
Relationship status: Taken

Although Rodgers’ individual numbers and relationship status went virtually unchanged in 2019, results on the field changed drastically … for the better.

Following a two-year absence, the Packers returned to the playoffs in new head coach Matt LaFleur’s first season on the sideline. And like their last postseason appearance, Green Bay advanced to the NFC championship game. Unfortunately, history repeated itself there as well, as the Packers were outclassed by the 49ers in Santa Clara.

Packers: 13–3, 1st in NFC North, loss in NFC Championship Game
Rodgers: 372/526 (70.7%), 4,299 yards, 48 TDs, 5 INT, NFL MVP, ninth Pro Bowl
Relationship status: Taken

A second season in LaFleur’s system saw the 37-year-old signal caller return to old form. Rodgers won his third league MVP award after setting career highs in completion percentage and touchdown passes, and the Packers advanced to the NFC title game for the fifth time in Rodgers’ storied career. For the first time, however, Rodgers and the Packers would contest the game at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers would lose his fourth straight NFC championship game as Packers quarterback, dropping a hard-fought contest to the eventual Super Bowl-champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Not all was lost for Rodgers in 2020, as the future Hall-of-Famer became engaged to actress Shailene Woodley.

As Packers fans, we have been incredibly lucky to watch two Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks win a total of six league MVP awards and lift the Lombardi Trophy twice since Brett Favre took over for Don Majkowski in September 1992. Although Rodgers is an all-time great, and one of the most physically gifted passers in NFL history, he is human and prone to challenging moments on the field, completely unrelated to the woman he commits to outside of football.

The Verdict: Correlation does not confirm causation. Rodgers was involved in a serious relationship during all three of his MVP seasons and has been romantically involved throughout most of his NFL career.

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