The Green Bay Packers legacy in recent years has been fueled by two long-term quarterbacks who have commanded the huddle for the last 23 years. Currently, Rodgers is 31 years old and has been playing with Green Bay since being drafted in 2005.
Rodgers, who has been the starter for the Packers since 2008, reported that he isn’t planning on retirement anytime soon.
“Eight,” Rodgers told Peter King of TheMMQB.com regarding the intended remaining duration of his career.”
If Rodgers can stay healthy and play for another eight seasons, that would have him up there with the current likes of fellow quarterbacks Peyton Manning who is 39 and Tom Brady who just turned 38. It would also mean if he stays in Green Bay, Rodgers would be older when he leaves than his predecessor Brett Favre, whose career ended as a Packer when he was 37 years old.
Based on Rodgers’ stellar production and how Manning and Brady are still producing, his goal is certainly achievable. At this time, he only has one Lombardi Trophy to his credit in his seven years as a starter. However, the Packers certainly have the capability, led by Rodgers, to win another championship given the talent on the roster.
Rodgers has managed postseason appearances in all but his first year as the team’s signal caller. The Packers under Rodgers were victorious over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in 2011.
At this point in time, Rodgers keeps improving and appears to be nowhere near cresting his prime. That is why his dream of eight more years really doesn’t seem too unrealistic at this point.
With the current condition some of our ‘older’ quarterbacks are in, it would appear that 39 is the new 29 these days.
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