Aaron Rodgers is not considering retirement soon, with NFL rumors that some players see the game as very dangerous to their long-term health, and stated in a recent interview that he plans to play American football until he is 40.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback is one of the top quarterbacks in the National Football League (NFL) but is one of the veterans at 32 years old.
“I think it’s more realistic now than it was when I first started playing,” the eight-year veteran said of achieving his goal. “The way the (practice) schedule is now, training camp, the research on nutrition. I think it is possible to play and play well into your 40s,” Rodgers stated to Pete Dougherty of USA Today.
Dougherty noted that only three quarterbacks have started at least 10 games for their teams when they were still playing in their 40s. Brett Favre, Warren Moon and Vinny Testaverde.
Other QBs who are expected to play in their 40s and currently active are Tom Brady (New England Patriots) and Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints).
Rodgers is also confident of the Packers’ chances to win multiple Super Bowls while he’s with the team.
“I don’t think so,” Rodgers said when asked if it’s “unrealistic” to expect championships now he’s nearing mid-30s.
“We think we can win this year, and that’s our approach every single year. Now, you kind of know by midseason whether you’ve got a team that can compete or a team that it’s going to be tough. I’d say we had four teams during my eight years starting where we felt really good about our chances of … (where) we felt like we were the best team,” Rodgers added.
With the danger of playing American football rising especially for quarterbacks, there are NFL rumors that some players want to quit early. Aaron Rodgers is not one to consider retirement and plans to play for the next eight years.
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