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 Release Mike Daniels
Daniels, a former Pro Bowler, was due to make $8.1 million this season in base salary and bonuses, so the move is likely financially motivates as the Packers will save $8.3 million, with $2.4 million in dead money, by cutting Daniels.
Daniels collected 18 tackles and 2 sacks last season for Green Bay.
Packers Waive Michael Roberts
The saga of tight end Michael Roberts continues to take disappointing turns, as he has been waived by the Green Bay Packers only a few days after they claimed him on waivers, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
Green Bay picked up Roberts after he was reverted back to the Lions’ roster and ultimately waived.
Roberts, 25, has 13 career receptions for 146 yards.
Packers’ Jaire Alexander Looking for Big 2019
Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander has some big goals for the 2019 season, where he believes he is set to breakout.
“I just want to have a good year, for real. I see myself in the Pro Bowl. I see myself as an All-Pro,” Alexander said, according to the Packers’ official website.
Alexander also proclaimed that the defense would see a much different season then the saw in 2018.
“We didn’t get the ball out enough last year, but this year that’s going to change,” Alexander said. “Our front seven, we have great edge rushers. I’m not even going to say good. Those dudes are coming, so the ball is going to be out a lot faster.”
“I’ve got all the confidence in the world. Last year was a great starting point for me, but this year is going to be my dog year. I’m putting my stamp on that,” Alexander said.
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