Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shut down some wild speculation this week before it could even begin.

Earlier this week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady turned 45 years old.

A quarterback playing at a high level at age 45 obviously isn’t common. But could it become a new trend? Could Rodgers play until he’s 45?

It’s not that silly of a question.

Rodgers, after all, is playing the best football of his career (back-to-back MVP awards) and he’ll turn 39 this season. Could he be the next Brady?

I wouldn’t count on it.

Rodgers quickly shut down any talk of him playing deep into his 40s during a media session with reporters on Thursday.

“No, I don’t,” said Rodgers when asked if he could see himself playing until age 45.

I don’t think there’s any doubt that Rodgers is nearing the end of his career. At this point, I think he’s playing for only two reasons: the guys in the locker room and to win another Super Bowl.

If the Packers end their Super Bowl drought and hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the year, I think we’ll see Rodgers ride off into the sunset. If Green Bay doesn’t win the Super Bowl, then perhaps we get one more year of Rodgers. But I can’t see him playing much past 2023.

Selfishly, I hope Rodgers changes his mind and plays until age 45. He’s one of the game’s all-time greats and the NFL won’t be quite the same without him.

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