Aaron Rodgers in high school

ESPN the Magazine did a feature where current sports stars wrote letters to their past selves and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took part in this exercise.

So did a bunch of other people, but who cares about them? Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers penned a letter to his 17-year-old self. As you might expect, it was basically Rodgers telling himself to not get discouraged about not being recruited. That everything was going to work out. He also told himself not to play in that pick-up basketball game where he wrecked his knee.

But mostly it was “keep your head up” stuff.

Here’s my favorite part.

Thanks to that injury, achieving your dreams will be that much more difficult. You’re gonna sneak into your high school library and log on to Rivals.com thinking, Maybe I’ll see my name on the list of top college recruits. You won’t find it. At one point you’ll get so frustrated that you’ll actually consider giving up football altogether to pursue a baseball career. Bad idea.

You can read Rodgers’ full, hand-written letter by clicking here.