Aaron Rodgers: “I’m on the back nine of my career”

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Aaron Rodgers is far from old. But he’s also not in denial about where he is in his career.

The 33-year-old Packers quarterback told the NFL Network he’s still feeling good, but knows what’s in front of him.

I think I’m on the back nine of my career,” Rodgers said. “But I think I’m just kind of starting the back nine. This will be my 10th year starting, I got to sit for three years. So I’m not the typical 13-year pro, having the opportunity to sit for three years and not take the wear and tear to learn the game.”

Of course if you extend the golf metaphor literally and he’s halfway finished, that could mean another 10 years, putting him into Tom Brady-if-he-ever-gets-old territory.

But it’s hard to think about the eventual end, when Rodgers is playing at his best right now. He threw 40 touchdowns and just seven interceptions last year, and is about to do some unprecedented things in terms of career statistics.

And while he’s not thinking about the whens of his retirement, he has a good idea about the where.

“I think we all have numbers,” Rodgers said. “When I was a young player, I remember thinking as I looked at some of the older guys, if I got to five that’d be cool, or eight, or anything after 10 would be amazing. For me, I think the longevity is tied to being a Green Bay Packer. I’d like to finish my career in Green Bay.”

Of course, Brett Favre probably thought that once too.

61 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: “I’m on the back nine of my career”

  1. Quick! Somebody unstrap his bag and then point and laugh when he dumps it while driving away. Never gets old, plus he may get frustrated and chip an interception through the goal post for a home run…

  2. Except Favre tried to orchestrate his own exit out of Green Bay. He pretended to retire in an attempt to gain an unconditional release after identifying a team other than his own as his last best chance to win a SuperBowl before his career came to a legitimate end.

    Except for that.

  3. Now only if McCarthy and Capers can get him a defense that quits driving his golf cart into the water hazard….

  4. We all get there faster than we imagined. Good luck in your back 9 kid. You’re fun to watch. If you play 10 more you’ll own every record but there’s still going to be the Otto Graham fan club to contend with. You’d probably be far and away the best of your time except for one play by a guy named Mo.

  5. A horse and Arron Rogers walk into a bar, bartender says hey fellas why the long faces

  6. We can tell by the annual 4 game slump where the packers look like a 2 win team (which they’ll become the second he walks out the door).

  7. And Ted Thompson, supported by the ribbon cutting lackey Mark Murphy & the inept Good ‘ol Boy Board of Directors, has squandered away Rodgers’ career.

    Nice job, fellas!

  8. Just beat the Vikings twice this year again, (a feat the Packers have pulled off 5 times in the last 10 years) and it will be a nice start to the back nine.

  9. Hopefully for the Packers fans Rodgers’ back 9 will be better than his front 9, at least in any NFC championship games the Packers may reach, as Rodgers championship game performances have been less than impressive with the Packers being 1-2 in such games and Rodgers completing less than 60% of his passes with 4 tds and 5 ints.

  10. As a Packers fan my hope is that we can get another 10 years of watching him play but that is probably not going to happen.

    For those of us who remember who the Packers had playing QB for 30 years before Favre and Rodgers I am going to enjoy every second of his career because I think the odds are way against us getting athird great QB in a row.

  11. So, will he get bitter beer face when they draft his eventual replacement in a couple years?

  12. As a Packers fan, I’ll vomit if Aaron only finishes with one. Once Brady leaves the NFL (sad that it’s gonna take that), his odds of getting another will go up significantly. The NFC itself has only a few Super Bowl worthy QB’s IMO – Wilson, Brees (his time is ticking too), Eli (him too), and Matt Ryan. All other QB’s can get there, of course, but those guys have been there or have what it takes to get there again. Just my $.02

  13. Well… Farve kind of did finish his career in Green Bay.
    Kind of depends how you want to look at I suppose.

  14. I fear that the “back 9” is a literal term. Meaning that he’s going to be playing, and playing well for 9 more years. I’m a Vikings fan, but I can appreciate greatness when I see it.

  15. He physically peaked 2011-2012 but still has 5 good years left in him with his smarts. A 2nd ring is gonna be tough because of his recent hot-&-cold spell seasons since he had to play with regulation balls. And even 2016’s closing 6-game “hot streak” was against teams with a combined record of 46-49 with the 2 “big” wins mostly thanks to the D picking off Wilson 5 times, and Stafford playing injured. Without those two wins Packers would have missed the playoffs at 8-8 and you’d all be wondering if this current team’s postseason caliber was finito. I do see the Pack pulling another hot-spell in the future but only for 1 more SB before Rodgers retires to the HoF.

  16. i think that goes w/out saying…cant play forever! hes still elite and will be for at least 4-5 yrs

  17. Maybe if they could put even an average defense on the field to support him, they’d have some more success in January/February.

  18. Dez caught the ball. The fans in the stadium thought he caught the ball when they went silent. Rodgers thought he caught the ball. Just look at a reply of his reaction.

  19. Not trying to pick on Rodgers, who was brave enough to admit what he did, as I’m sure many QBs had balls “prepared”. But before deflategate, career ratings & SBs:
    Rodgers = 106.5, 1 SB ring
    Brady = 95.5, 3 SB rings (4th came just after accusations)

    And after deflategate:
    Rodgers = 98.45, 0 rings
    Brady = 107.2, 2 more SB rings

    Yet despite courts finding Brady innocent (2nd court merely ruled on Fraudger’s CBA right to arbitrate his own decisions and suspend at will) the league still insists Brady was guilty, whilst still hiding their data and at the same time giving a free pass to Rodgers who admitted to a long-running, technically improper ball-inflation scheme (not that anyone cared about 0.5 PSI before Grigson cried). Brady’s phone? – he offered logs (which he said would prove the league had all the texts already) but which Fraudger refused, but Fraudger did accepted Zeke Elliott’s logs in defense of his pending case.

    Fun fact – the league’s standard-issue PSI guages are only accurate to +/- 0.5 psi anyway. And that’s even before you take into account cold weather etc.

  20. how many more postseason camera shots of him standing on the sidelines speechless as they get blown out will it take to pull the trigger on firing Thompson?

    Should only take one more.

    He’ll get sick of it eventually and start chirping for change. If he hasn’t already.

  21. Favre absolutely thought that. I remember him saying he never wanted to wear another helmet.

    I won’t get into the back-and-forth that happened at the end of his Green Bay tenure, but most of his career he considered himself a Packer-for-life.

  22. We Packers fans like having a spoiled malcontent for a QB. It makes throwing him under the bus that much easier. Maybe we should give him the Steven Avery treatment.

  23. Thompson — and Murphy — could care less. They run the money-making machine that is the Green Bay Packers.

    The Atlanta Braves (90s version) of the NFL.

    No defense = no titles.

  24. Rodgers will be a Packer for life unless the team mutinies against him because of his distasteful personality.

  25. Well, I guess the packer fans can rejoice in knowing he won’the go out like Favre did. Texting pics of little Brett to cheerleaders who weren’the interested and doing anything he could to try and remain relevant when he clearly wasn’t. Rodgers has far more class than Favre…better QB also.

  26. Great QB, gives great interviews — it would be fine with this fan of an NFCN opponent if he retired to the golf course now.

  27. As a Vikings fan, I have to admit, he is the GOAT. Sorry Tom, I know you have all those SB titles, but Aaron is just a better QB. Take him off the Packers and they are a 4-12 team. Keep him on, and they are 12-4.

  28. Dez caught the ball
    =====

    Probably.

    With well over 4 minutes left, the Packers had scored on their last 3 drives, and Rodgers was on fire.

    Would Dallas have held them without a score? Doubtful.

  29. If Rodgers is smart, and he is, he’ll hold off on ‘extension’ and see if management is as committed to winning as he is by building an actual top 15 defense.

    If not, he can write his own ticket to a team with a front office committed to winning a title and not merely pleased with making playoffs.

  30. Ah he’s overated….. reminds me of a Roman Gaberial when he was on his way out. lol No really, Aaron can be and just might be the best ever, imo.

  31. peoriaviking says:
    Jul 12, 2017 11:51 AM
    As a Vikings fan, I have to admit, he is the GOAT. Sorry Tom, I know you have all those SB titles, but Aaron is just a better QB. Take him off the Packers and they are a 4-12 team. Keep him on, and they are 12-4.

    XXXXX

    You’re entitled to your opinion, no matter how wrong it is. The title of GOAT speaks to an athlete’s entire body of work. Brady has been a starter for 15 years, compared to 10 for Rogers. With the exception of Moss, Gronk and Welker, Brady has thrown to a fairly mediocre stable to small-ish receivers, while Rogers has had guys like Jordy, Driver, Cobb and Jennings. Five rings to one. And while Rogers has the better arm at this point, Brady is far superior to Rogers from the neck up.

  32. The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jul 12, 2017 11:05 AM
    Rodgers will be a Packer for life unless the team mutinies against him because of his distasteful personality.

    ———————————————————————-

    Only one player did that and that WR who went to the Vikes had the most massive ego and crazy sister of all. He thought HE made the QB’s success, not the other way around. He burned his bridges and took his nutty sister to the Vikes with vows of leading the league in receptions and Super Bowls. Instead of receiving perfectly placed balls in stride from Aaron Rodgers, Gregg Jennings soon saw balls bounce in front of him, sail over his head or being thrown to the other team.

  33. The window is closing. I say 2-3 years for GB to win a SB with him. I would think that 25 straight years of HOF QB play would net more than 2 SB wins.

  34. 4sacroc says:
    If Rodgers is smart, and he is, he’ll hold off on ‘extension’.
    ******************************************
    Rodgers is under contract through the 2019 season.
    It’s expected an extension will be offered after this coming season and it will be huge – largest ever NFL deal.

  35. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says:
    Jul 12, 2017 1:45 PM
    4sacroc says:
    If Rodgers is smart, and he is, he’ll hold off on ‘extension’.
    ******************************************
    Rodgers is under contract through the 2019 season.
    It’s expected an extension will be offered after this coming season and it will be huge – largest ever NFL deal.
    ////////
    And if Rogers asks for, and receives, the pay that he is entitled to given Carr’s crazy salary, it will severely impact the Packers’ ability to round out their roster with enough additional elite players they will need to contend for a SB.

  36. bringbackwayne says:
    Jul 12, 2017 1:29 PM

    The window is closing. I say 2-3 years for GB to win a SB with him. I would think that 25 straight years of HOF QB play would net more than 2 SB wins.

    As a Packers fan I think the window may be closing to win another SB but I don’t think that has as much to do with Aaron. It has more to do with a coach named Ernest Dominic Capers and the defenses he has been fielding the last few years.

  37. Seems to me that one thing that makes a player excel is “attitude.” Very unusual for a player to admit that they are on the “back nine.” I don’t recall and QB saying something like that. Usually, it’s more like “hell yeah, of course I’ve got what it takes!” Which may explain why Brady is still at the top of his game.

  38. With the exception of Moss, Gronk and Welker, Brady has thrown to a fairly mediocre stable to small-ish receivers, while Rogers has had guys like Jordy, Driver, Cobb and Jennings.
    =====

    Moss, Gronk, Welker… 6 All-Pro seasons

    Nelson, Driver, Jennings, Cobb – 0, ZERO

    Get out of here with that nonesense.

  39. The window is closing. I say 2-3 years for GB to win a SB with him.
    ====

    As long as they employ Capers and McCarthy, the window is closed.

  40. whatjusthapped says:
    Jul 12, 2017 7:55 AM
    Just beat the Vikings twice this year again, (a feat the Packers have pulled off 5 times in the last 10 years) and it will be a nice start to the back nine.

    ***

    Packers swept the Vikes 1 time in the last 5 years.

  41. Just remember, behind many of Brady’s SB appearances is a Rodgers choke job somewhere in the NFC playofff bracket. Happened this year when he lost to the Falcons, happened in 2014 when he lost to Seattle, heck it even happened in 2011 when he lost to the Giants before Brady did. If Rodgers were so great, you’d think we’d have actually seen a Rodgers-Brady Super Bowl since Brady is there every 2 years.

  42. Can a QB with only one title be the GOAT???
    Hmmmm

    So only ONE win separates him from Marino
    Is Marino in anyone’s top-5?
    Anyone, that is, outside of Miami

    Rodgers will HAVE to win at least one more title to be considered as good or better than Brady, Elway, Montana, Unitas

  43. I think his shelf life is shorter than people think. Like Roethlisberger, he relies on athleticism and extending plays. They’ll never be able to play at Brady’s level when they reach his age.

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