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Sport Aaron Rodgers empathizes with Simone Biles, says he worked on 'mental state' in offseason

23:29  28 july  2021
23:29  28 july  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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  Simone Biles' Olympics timeline: Medals, records and more to know about U.S. star gymnast Simone Biles has taken home a lot of hardware during her impressive gymnastics career.However, it wasn't always easy for her. During the 2013 season, she was unsure of how far she could get in the sport.

Aaron Rodgers, back in camp with the Green Bay Packers after an offseason of discontent, empathized with Olympian Simone Biles deciding to focus on her mental health during his first media availability of training camp on Wednesday. 

Rodgers: Needs to be more talk about athlete mental health

Rodgers was asked what it was like to miss organized team practice activities (OTAs) for the first time in his career and said it was "great." He then spoke of Biles and the need to de-clutter his mind over the offseason.  

"I think it's important that we work on our mental state and as you've seen with Simone Biles, I think there needs to be more conversation around that," Rodgers said. "We as athletes are often put on a pedestal that we're not — that we're beyond any mental hindrances or clutter. And the only time that mental health often gets talked about is when it's under the conversation of depression. I didn't have any depression, but I have a ton of respect for people who speak out in those situations. 

Watch Simone Biles tell USA Gymnastics teammates she was withdrawing from Olympics team final

  Watch Simone Biles tell USA Gymnastics teammates she was withdrawing from Olympics team final Microphones picked up what Biles said as she was telling teammates she was making her exit from the team competition.People criticized the decision; some said she abandoned her teammates and let them down. But video of Biles walking off during the competition shows not only the encouragement she gave them, but also the mutual support they gave her as they continued to fight for a medal in Tokyo.

"For me, it was just about clearing any of the clutter. And that's what I try to do with this offseason by adjusting some habits and spending time with my loved ones, traveling as safely and as often as I possibly could and then making sure I was ready to go if I came back."

Rodgers announced his engagement — later found out to be actress Shailene Woodley — while accepting the NFL MVP award in February and spent the spring and summer sharing travel locations on his social media accounts. He also spent the season in a public standoff with the Packers and reportedly was so displeased he turned down a contract extension that would have made him the highest-paid quarterback in the league. Though there was concern he wouldn't report to Packers camp, he arrived with all eyes on him on Sunday

Chasing Gold: All eyes on Biles after gymnast drops out of all-around, plus historic wins on Day 5

  Chasing Gold: All eyes on Biles after gymnast drops out of all-around, plus historic wins on Day 5 Simone Biles’ future in elite gymnastics is uncertain after she withdrew from the team finals and then the individual all-around event.The U.S. women team still won a silver medal, but Biles’ decision to pull herself from competition for the sake of her mental – and physical – health has been the hot topic of conversation ever since.

Aaron Rodgers wearing a hat: Aaron Rodgers said he de-cluttered his mind in an offeason of travel. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Aaron Rodgers said he de-cluttered his mind in an offeason of travel. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Biles further opens conversation on mental health

Biles, 24, is the latest athlete to blow the conversation about the importance of mental health wide open when she withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics team gymnastics competition on Tuesday. After completing a low-scoring vault, she cited mental health issues in her removal from the rotation. She will also not compete in the Olympic all-around competition on Thursday. 

Athletes sent support to Biles in the hours after her withdraw in Tokyo and while NBC aired the competition in primetime that night in the states.  

While there is pressure on Rodgers to succeed from fans both in and out of Lambeau Field, the pressure on an Olympian comes from an entire nation. There is also particular pressure on the U.S. women's gymnastics team and an athlete such as Biles, who became the face of the Tokyo Olympic Games for the U.S. in marketing and promotion.  

Simone Biles grateful for 'love and support' after withdrawing from all-around

  Simone Biles grateful for 'love and support' after withdrawing from all-around It's been an unexpected and emotional few days for Simone Biles. The undisputed GOAT of gymnastics decided to withdraw from both the Olympic team final and the all-around competition to focus on her mental health, which prompted an outpouring of love and support among fellow athletes, fans, politicians, and celebrities. Biles used social media to make her first comment following her all-around withdrawal on Wednesday. The enormous amount of loveBiles used social media to make her first comment following her all-around withdrawal on Wednesday. She's grateful for the outpouring of solidarity and understanding, and revealed how all of that support has affected her mental outlook.

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Aaron Rodgers 'Very Proud' of Simone Biles .
The Packers QB credited Biles for speaking her truth in her mental health journey. When U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Games citing her mental health, it set off a global conversation about mental health in sports and the pressure athletes endure to perform even when they're not at their best.After opening up about her personal journey on the world's biggest stage, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers credited Biles on Friday for having the courage to share her truth and the mental battles she's faced.

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