The idea of an NFL player playing into his 40s is not such a crazy idea anymore, especially with the likes of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who just turned 40, still playing at the top of his game.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is 33 years old, was asked what he would like to be doing when he turns 40.
“Hopefully right here,” Rodgers told reporters in front of his locker (h/t ESPN). “Hopefully talking to you guys right here.”
The idea of playing until or past the age of 40 seems realistic to the franchise signal caller.
“I do think it’s realistic,” the 33-year-old Rodgers said.
“I hope it’s in this locker room, though. That would mean it’s been at a high level. Like I said, hopefully Dec. 2 of 2024, help me out, 2023. Thank you.”
Rodgers was around for the tail end of Brett Favre’s career and points to players such as Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Derek Jeter as examples of players who spent their entire career with one team, something Rodgers would like to do.
“It’s being a sports fan and watching some of my favorite all-time players either not finish in the place they started or the place where you fell in love watching them play — or they did,” Rodgers said.
“And seeing how different the memory is of those players as a fan, and seeing some of my favorite players growing finishing up now or have finished up in the last two or three years — the Derek Jeters, the Kobe Bryants, the Tim Duncans — doing it their entire career in one place, that makes things pretty special.
“So again, I’m a realist as well. I have to play well, the team has to want to bring me back, but I’ve said I’d like to finish things here where we started.”
Packers Place Kevin King On IR
Additionally, the Packers will be without running back Tra Carson, who will miss the remainder of the season as well.
King was limited to only 9 games last season before being shut down due to injury.
Disconnect Between Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy
There is a building disconnect between Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy, in what is mostly a large separation on the offensive system, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Green Bay has been struggling this season and could end up missing the postseason for the second straight season, and Rapoport adds that McCarthy is certainly now on the hot seat for Green Bay. He needs to close strong, it feels like, to keep his job in Green Bay. Obviously, one of the longest-tenured coaches in the NFL and that is all in doubt.”
“And there’s a couple reasons why. One of them does involve the disconnect with Aaron Rodgers — the tension there regarding the direction of the offense. Rodgers has been pretty vocal about his frustration with play-calling and the lack of creativity was there on Thursday night. That, of course, is something [Packers] CEO Mark Murphy will have to make a big decision on at the end of the year.”
Packers Believe Jimmy Graham May Have Broken Thumb
The Green Bay Packers are bracing for news that tight end Jimmy Graham may be out of action for some time due to what they believe is a broken thumb suffered during Thurday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Graham, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with Green Bay during the offseason, will undergo further testing on Friday. There is a possibility that Graham could play through the injury moving forward.
According to NFL Network insider Michael Silver, the Packers feared Graham suffered a “serious” thumb issue during the game.
Graham has caught 34 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns this season.
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