Packers QB Aaron Rodgers wants to play to 40 while moving the same
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is no spring chicken anymore. He’s heading into his 14th season and will be 35 in December. Rodgers has already made his desire to play until he’s 40 known before. But apparently, he’s got another goal apart from just reaching that certain age.
Rodgers told Peter King of NBC Sports that his goal is to play until he’s 40 years old while also moving pretty much the same way he still can right now.
“I’d love to play to 40,” he said. “I just think that number means a lot. Obviously, Tom [Brady] is kind of rewriting the book. Brett [Favre] had a good season when he turned 40. My goal is be able to move like I do or close to how I do and still be able to do that at 40 … just because nobody’s been able to do that and still move around the same. Steve Young’s career was cut short in his late thirties. John [Elway], the same—he didn’t really move the same as when he was younger. So to be able to move the same way at 38, 39, 40 would be cool. That’s my aim.”
A big part of what has made Rodgers arguably the best quarterback in the league is his ability to use his legs and move all around the field when he needs to. It’s enabled him to make some truly spectacular plays over the years that few other quarterbacks can make.
It will obviously be a challenge for him to maintain that type of mobility into his late-30s as his body gradually wears down. The Packers would probably prefer that he not take too many unnecessary risks, especially given his history with broken collarbones. But that’s Rodgers’ aim, and hopefully for him and the Packers, he succeeds at being able to keep doing what’s helped him be so great.