Aaron Rodgers claims he wants to replicate Tom Brady's longevity and play well into his 40's. But, the Packers QB admitted that he may have to leave Green Bay in the future in order to do that.
The two-time MVP told the Associated Press on Thursday that he could well take a similar path to former teammate Brett Favre and join another team in the latter years of his career.
"I think you have to be humble enough to realize if it could happen to Brett, it can happen to you," Rodgers said.
"I'd like to definitely be 40 and be an NFL starter and then hopefully get a few more after that if I'm still healthy, and more importantly, as passionate about it as I am today."
Favre spent 16 seasons in Green Bay, winning one Super Bowl, before leaving for the Jets in 2008. He played in New York for one season and a further two in Minnesota for the Vikings whom he took to an NFC Championship game, eventually retiring for good in 2010.
Rodgers is 34 and on the brink of exiting the traditional prime years for a quarterback, but he has no intention of slowing down and wants to have the same kind of long term success as Brady and Favre.
His statement will not go down well with Packers fans who won't want a repeat of the Favre saga with their new favourite son!.
The six-time pro bowler is coming off a shoulder injury which kept him out of the majority of the season, but is raring to go for 2018.
"Yeah, it's going really good. I feel great," Rodgers said.. "Obviously, I came back to play, got banged up a little bit. But I'm doing everything I want to do, which at this time of the year is really working out and playing golf."
The former first round pick has a long way to go to match Brady's longevity of success, having won just one Super Bowl he knows how elusive they are marvelled at the Patriots' QB's success.
"It's ridiculous. We've been to one. This is his eighth in 17 years," he said. "It's kind of standard operating procedure around there."
Rodgers will undoubtedly be a first ballot Hall of Famer, but should he fail to win another championship there would a sense of what could've been.
Given his prodigious talent and unrivalled play making ability, it would be no surprise to see him pursue other pastures in pursuit of a second ring if he can't get it done in Green Bay.News Now - Sport News