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’ Cole Madison May Not Return
Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Cole Madison, a 2018 fifth-round draft pick, left the team following the conclusion of their offseason last June and did not return to the team due to a “personal matter.”
According to The Athletic’s Michael Cohen, Madison left due to the death of his college teammate Tyler Hilinski, and it could prevent him from returning to the team.
“The death of Tyler is in his head,” a source familiar with Madison’s situation told Cohen. “I don’t think he’s coming back. At least he’s not showing signs of it right now.”
Hilinski, a quarterback at Washington State who had been dealing with CTE, took his own life in January 2018.
“He’s still dealing with some of the things that he was dealing with at the beginning of the season last year,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said of Madison.
“Obviously we wish him the best and we’d love to, at some point, get him out there on the field to help us. But when that time is going to be, we’re not there yet.”
Packers Bringing Back Jimmy Graham in 2019
Graham will receive a $5 million roster bonus on March 15th, and Green Bay is fully expected to pay the tab to keep him on the team moving forward.
Graham hauled in 55 passes for 636 yards and two touchdowns for Green Bay last season.
49ers, Packers Interview Wes Welker
Welker has spent the last two seasons serving as an offensive assistant with the Houston Texans.
Welker was blocked from interviewing for the Denver Broncos’ wide receiver coaching gig last year.
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