Packers star Aaron Rodgers reportedly flirted with retirement during a standoff with team brass during the offseason.
And, according to Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, Rodgers in Week 1 looked like someone whose mind was very much still focused on calling it a career.
Speaking with TMZ Sports on Friday, Irvin suggested that football is too tough a game to excel while contemplating retirement.
"This game is too hard," Irvin told the outlet. "That's why you hear people say, if you're talking about or thinking about retiring, you're already retired.
"So, Aaron was was thinking about not playing. And it showed up, man."
Irvin was alluding to Rodgers' dud in Green Bay's season-opener against the New Orleans Saints.
The 2020 NFL MVP and three-time All-Pro was uncharacteristically ineffective in the blowout loss, completing just 15 of 28 attempts with no touchdowns and two picks.
The forgettable performance was a far cry from a season ago, when the 37-year-old signal caller had arguably the best season of his career, tossing 48 touchdown passes to just five picks while completing nearly 71% of his attempts.
The Packers eventually lost in the NFC title game for the second year in a row, touching off an offseason of uncertainty, with Rodgers reportedly angling to be traded or released after the team had drafted his heir apparent in the first round of the 2020 draft -- QB Jordan Love -- reportedly without Rodgers' knowledge.
Team brass balked at trading Rodgers, instead riding out the tumultuous offseason before eventually reworking his contract to more favorable terms for the surefire future Hall of Famer.
The Packers and their fans seemed to let out a sigh of relief when Rodgers reported to camp on time, but the good times came to an abrupt halt with the drubbing at the hands of the Saints and Jameis Winston, who threw five touchdown passes.
And, according to Irvin, it had plenty to do with Rodgers' head not being in the game. Rodgers is not one to shy away from firing back at his critics, so we might not have heard the last of this one.
However, Irvin noted that he expects Rodgers to play "much better" after the wakeup call in Week 1.
"That's not something he would be doing all the time," he added.
The Packers are looking to rebound in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions in Green Bay, on Monday Night Football.