Aaron Rodgers may not be planning to end his career soon, but he’s willing to admit it’s closer to the end than it is to the beginning.
The 33-year-old has hinted before that he would like to play into his 40s, which is still on the table as he didn’t endure the typical wear and tear at the beginning of his career.
“I think I’m on the back nine of my career,” Rodgers told NFL Network on Tuesday. “But I think I’m just kind of starting the back nine. This will be my 10th year starting, I got to sit for three years. So I’m not the typical 13-year pro, having the opportunity to sit for three years and not take the wear and tear to learn the game.”
Rodgers famously had to wait behind Brett Favre before he was able to take over as the Green Bay Packers starting quarterback – a position he would like to hold until his time as a pro is up.
“I think we all have numbers,” Rodgers said. “When I was a young player, I remember thinking as I looked at some of the older guys, if I got to five that’d be cool, or eight, or anything after 10 would be amazing.
“For me, I think the longevity is tied to being a Green Bay Packer. I’d like to finish my career in Green Bay.”
Despite his extended redshirt period, Rodgers has had historical success in the league. He is just three scores away from becoming the 11th passer ever to throw for 300 touchdowns, while throwing only 72 interceptions in the process.
Rodgers will likely get at least one more contract with the Packers if his prediction is correct, with his current deal expiring after the 2019 season.
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