Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is undoubtedly nearing the end of his career.
Rodgers will turn 39 in December. He’s at the point in his career where any year could be his last in the NFL and it wouldn’t be a surprise — even though he’s still playing at an NFL MVP level.
Of course, the longevity of Tom Brady has altered the way we look at the expected length of a quarterback’s career. Brady will turn 45 before the start of the 2022 season. Before Brady’s lengthy career, a quarterback winning an NFL MVP at age 38 (as Rodgers did this past season) would’ve been a massive story. But thanks to Brady, it’s somewhat of a ho-hum accomplishment.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers gives detailed answer to retirement question
On Wednesday, Rodgers participated in “The Match” alongside Brady, Patrick Mahomes, and Josh Allen.
RODGERS DRAINS PUTT TO WIN THE MATCH. 🔥🏆 pic.twitter.com/E9Dci5jMTI— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) June 2, 2022
After the event, TNT aired a “QB talk” segment where the four quarterbacks held a roundtable discussion about various topics with host Ernie Johnson.
Rodgers, unsurprisingly, was asked about retirement. The future Hall of Fame quarterback gave a detailed answer that didn’t really tell us his plans, but it gave us a good idea of Rodgers’ headspace.
“I think about it (retirement) all the time,” said Rodgers.
“When you commit, you’re 100 percent. But the older you get, the interests change, and the grind, I think, wears on you a little more.”
“The football part is the easy part,” continued Rodgers. “That’s the joy. It’s the other stuff that wears on you and makes you think about life after football. Tommy obviously set the bar so high with playing so many years, but I can definitely see the end coming.”
I don’t think we’re going to see Rodgers playing until he’s 44/45 years old like Brady. I wouldn’t be shocked if he plays beyond 2022 for a season or two, but I wouldn’t be surprised if 2022 is his last year, either.
I think we all know by now that Rodgers is going to keep us all on our toes. It won’t be easy for him to hang up the cleats — he’s too much of a competitor — but, as Rodgers said, the end of a legendary career is certainly coming.
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