Aaron Rodgers won’t be going anywhere for as long as Green Bay will have him.
Discussing his future with reporters Thursday, the Packers‘ star quarterback touched on the allure of potentially playing his entire career in Title Town. In doing so, he made reference to a trio of legends from other sports who’ve donned just one uniform.
“It’s being a sports fan and watching some of my favorite all-time players either not finish in the place they started or the place where you fell in love watching them play – or they did,” Rodgers said, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.
“And seeing how different the memory is of those players as a fan, and seeing some of my favorite players growing finishing up now or have finished up in the last two or three years – the Derek Jeters, the Kobe Bryants, the Tim Duncans – doing it their entire career in one place, that makes things pretty special. So again, I’m a realist as well. I have to play well, the team has to want to bring me back, but I’ve said I’d like to finish things here where we started.”
Rodgers reiterating his desire to remain with the Packers for the entirety of his pro career came on the same day that fellow superstar Tom Brady turned 40 years old.
Can Rodgers, now 33, be the next quarterback to defy the odds and continue into that age range?
“I do think it’s realistic,” he said. “I hope it’s in this locker room, though. That would mean it’s been at a high level. Like I said, hopefully Dec. 2 of 2024 – help me out, 2023. Thank you.”
A first-round pick in the 2005 draft, Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre for three seasons before finally getting his opportunity to step in.
He hasn’t looked back in the nine years since, posting a 90-45 record over 135 starts, leading Green Bay to the Super Bowl XLV title and making a case for himself as one of the best quarterbacks the game has ever seen.
The Packers would undoubtedly be thrilled to have Rodgers stick around and even begin to approach Brady’s mind-boggling longevity.
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