Skip to content

Romo thinks Aaron Rodgers can play until he’s 45

Getty Images

If Aaron Rodgers is on the back nine of his NFL career, there’s a chance he’s only on the 10th tee.

Retired NFL quarterback and new CBS lead NFL analyst Tony Romo believes that the Packers quarterback can do that which Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he intends to do — play five years beyond his 40th birthday.

“I think Aaron is one of those guys who is uniquely talented,” Romo said during a Wednesday appearance on NFL Network. “Special player in our league for a long time. He can go as long as he wants to. If he stays injury-free, he may be in his eyes on the back nine, but as long as he wants to continue to take hits, he’ll be able to play until he’s 45.”

But Romo also touched on the factor that contributes most directly to Rodgers and any other quarterback avoiding hits and, in turn, injury.

“One thing that goes sometimes for quarterbacks as they get up to the 40 level, their legs and their arms start to go a little bit,” Romo said. “You just don’t see the same pop in the ball. And a little bit is they just don’t want to take the same hits they’re used to taking. Their body just doesn’t want it the same way they once did.”

A great quarterback with years of experience can compensate for an arm that isn’t what it once was (see Peyton Manning in 2015). But when the legs go, a whole new set of challenges will emerge. If the player can’t get run or slide or hop or whatever it takes away from pressure like he used to, he’s got no chance to survive.

And the legs can go very quickly and without warning. Which could be one of the main reasons why New England has kept Jimmy Garoppolo around.

Rodgers could be the exception to Mother Nature’s rules. He showed a fear years back that he can get it done even with a calf injury that significantly limited his highly-underrated mobility. As his mental collection of pre-snap looks and post-snap defensive movements continues to expand, he could be moving toward a point in his career where he can make decisions so much faster that diminished legs and a weakened arm won’t matter.

It ultimately comes down to whether he wants to play that long. Which ultimately comes down to what he wants his legacy to be. Whether it’s championships or career statistics (he’s 23rd in career passing yards, but already 11th in passing touchdowns), plenty more work needs to be done to vault him into the all-time top-five conversation. If he plays another dozen years (and if the Packers can put a team around him that can win another Super Bowl or two), Rodgers can give the recently-crowned quarterback G.O.A.T. a run for his money.

Permalink 50 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Green Bay Packers, Home, New England Patriots, Rumor Mill
50 Responses to “Romo thinks Aaron Rodgers can play until he’s 45”
  1. whywerule says: Jul 13, 2017 8:02 AM

    ….Whether it’s championships or career statistics (he’s 23rd in career passing yards, but already 11th in passing touchdowns), plenty more work needs to be done to vault him into the all-time top-five conversation….
    —————————————

    I disagree. I think you can make an argument that Rodgers is already in the all-time top five Green Bay QBs. After Starr and Favre for sure, but then he is probably in the mix with Matt Flynn, Lynn Dickey, David Whitehurst and Don Majkowski in rounding out that top 5.

    🙂

  2. terripet says: Jul 13, 2017 8:21 AM

    Best quarterback in the game by far

  3. intrafinesse says: Jul 13, 2017 8:36 AM

    Rodgers gets hit a lot and thats going to impact him more as he gets older. If the Packers want him around for a long time, they need to keep him well protected.

  4. jwf239 says: Jul 13, 2017 8:49 AM

    I’m a Pats fan and have been truly blessed to be able to witness possibly the greatest sports duo of all time in BB and TB12.

    Brady is the epitome of hard work, dedication, and selflessness that every coach at every level of the game describes when discussing the ideal intangibles of their perfect player. When watching him play you can see that dedication and hard work built into their game plan, it is essential to how their offense works.

    Rodgers on the other hand is the ideal of what a coach would draw up as far as physical tools of a quarterback goes. He is the perfect QB. He makes playing the position look easy. He is probably the most talented QB to ever play the game.

  5. cardinealsfan20 says: Jul 13, 2017 8:51 AM

    AR is the best, ever. The statistics confirm what your eyes see. Brady has more SB’s, and is fantastic also. However, AR is better than Brady, Montana, even Marino.

  6. electricboogalo says: Jul 13, 2017 8:58 AM

    “One thing that goes sometimes for quarterbacks as they get up to the 40 level, their legs and their arms start to go a little bit,” Romo said

    It’s true. Brady hasn’t scrambled in years.

  7. laudermk says: Jul 13, 2017 10:04 AM

    Aaron Rogers is pretty good, not great..and he is nowhere at the physical ability of Elway, or Marino’s arm, or Manning’s intelligence and football knowledge..slow down with the halo and let him actually accomplish a little more before we hand over the GOAT crown

  8. brady2gronktd says: Jul 13, 2017 10:22 AM

    We get it. Brady crushes your souls consistently, every season. It must be frustrating. He defies logic, it wasn’t supposed to have lasted this long. Some have been hurting since high school, others have probably married, divorced and remarried again and Brady still reigns. Take solace in the fact you are not alone, 30 other fan bases (respect Giants) have been wallowing in anguish with you. Fall isn’t far now, and then winter is coming.

  9. aarons444 says: Jul 13, 2017 10:32 AM

    I love how panoind Pats fans have made Brady and Rodgers mutually exclusive.

    News flash;

    Some people ACTAULLY BELIEVE AR12 is the better QB. Blathering on about Belichicks Titles isn’t going to change that.

  10. finchy74 says: Jul 13, 2017 10:36 AM

    To rationalize that AR is somehow better than Tom Brady or even at Brady’s level is absurd. Personality defects aside, Rodgers is a marvelous quarterback. But time and time again, Brady has shown that he elevates his game in the toughest of situations in the playoffs.

    One could make an argument that AR does the opposite.

    Five rings vs. one. Championships matter in this discussion. If Rodgers can play another five years at a high level and somehow win a couple more rings, then we can at least discuss him being in the top 5 of all time. But unless those unlikely events occur, he’s not in the same conversation as Tom Brady, nor is he a top 5 QB.

  11. nhpats says: Jul 13, 2017 10:38 AM

    Rogers…..same # of SB wins as Trent Dilfer and Doug Williams….

  12. bullcharger says: Jul 13, 2017 10:41 AM

    Only thing with Rodgers is the scramble ability. Not sure he can do that until he’s 45. That’s a big part of his game.

  13. Liberalsruineverything says: Jul 13, 2017 10:44 AM

    Erin’s family thinks Tom Brady is better.

  14. aarons444 says: Jul 13, 2017 10:52 AM

    I don’t believe for a second Rodgers will play into his 40s.

    He’s made truckloads of money, and he’s had a taste of Hollywood… and unlike Brady and Manning, I just don’t see the burning desire to keep going once the grind starts to set in… maybe if the Packers were having the Patriots success it would be different.. or maybe if Rodgers had that team in his way, as Manning did…….

  15. bighoser says: Jul 13, 2017 11:04 AM

    Brady crushes the soul of every team.. except by the Giants in the SB, and then Brady is the one who is crushed. Thanks, Eli! I made some good coin betting on you in Vegas on those SBs on the money line. Paid for my vacation and then some.

  16. medialovesthecowboys says: Jul 13, 2017 11:06 AM

    1 Ring

  17. streetyson says: Jul 13, 2017 11:10 AM

    I don’t see a cliff for Rodgers, prob another 5yrs – but his problem could be increasing inconsistency as in 2016 and his late streak:
    wks1-9 = 94.8 QB rating,team 4-5 record
    wks10-17 = 120.1 QB rating, 6-1 record

    He seems to have elite hot-streaks like Eli (well, better than Eli), but if this inconsistency gets worse with age, like it seems to be with Eli, that could be what ends his career. The trouble is, if that continues to happen, like with Eli, when do you pull the plug – if at all – or do you hang on (like with Eli) and hope for another long enough streak to go deep into the playoffs? When this team was 4-6 in November, not many were saying Rodgers was better than Brady, and nor should they now.

  18. superpatriotsfan says: Jul 13, 2017 11:14 AM

    Brady is a cheater.

  19. stellarperformance says: Jul 13, 2017 11:15 AM

    You can’t say one quarterback is “the best.” The team surrounding each QB is a huge factor. Trophies is one measuring stick…….of a team.

    But the best football player may be the guy that enables an average team to have above-average success.

    How do you measure that? I’m OK saying Brady and Rodgers are both elite. Brady can throw a football through a tire hanging from a tree all day long. Rodgers can throw and move.

  20. The Phantom Stranger says: Jul 13, 2017 11:22 AM

    No way Rodgers spends 12 more years in Green Bay. If he can’t figure out a way to orchestrate his way out of town, he’ll retire just so he can leave.

  21. purpleguy says: Jul 13, 2017 11:42 AM

    Rodgers seems like the type of independent minded guy with multiple interests that will have little problem leaving the game — I doubt he tries to hold on as long as he can like Brady, who seems to live through the game more.

  22. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jul 13, 2017 11:47 AM

    We Packers fans love Aaron now, but he’s just not one of us. He won’t stay. And we’ll turn our backs on him. Just like Favre. In fact, Aaron might even eventually like Minnesota better, too. Who can blame him?

  23. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jul 13, 2017 12:03 PM

    If this is the year Rodgers wins his second ring, in the 1.2 BILLION dollar McStadium, will the lavender lunatics burn it down? And will they then turn around and give Zygi another 1.2 BILLION to build another McStadium?

  24. senatorblutarsky says: Jul 13, 2017 12:05 PM

    With the way referees give him calls I don’t doubt that he’ll play that long. Reference the non-existent face mask call at zero on the clock that enabled the “Hail Mary” pass against the Lions. Now it’s Packer lore. It never should have happened. Sickening.

  25. h0metownzero says: Jul 13, 2017 12:13 PM

    This just confirms what all of us already know.

    It’s simply better football.

    For better people.

  26. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jul 13, 2017 12:54 PM

    senatorblutarsky says:
    Jul 13, 2017 12:05 PM
    With the way referees give him calls I don’t doubt that he’ll play that long. Reference the non-existent face mask call at zero on the clock that enabled the “Hail Mary” pass against the Lions. Now it’s Packer lore. It never should have happened. Sickening.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The refs didn’t “give” Rodgers anything. Everyone on Earth thought it was a facemask as it happened, yourself included- IF you actually watched the game and aren’t just parroting. On replay, it appeared that it was minor, IF it happened at all, but it absolutely looked like the right call when it was made… which didn’t really matter… couldn’t really matter… because it was not a reviewable play.

    So let us review:

    ~ What appeared to be a 100% correct call was made.

    ~ On replay, it looked like the call may or may not have been 100% correct.

    ~ YOU wanted the refs to go directly AGAINST the rules and overturn a non reviewable play… on a MAYBE.

    ~ Because the refs didn’t break the rules and give you what you wanted, you cry that someone must be cheating.

    Entitled much?

  27. aarons444 says: Jul 13, 2017 1:23 PM

    No way Rodgers spends 12 more years in Green Bay. If he can’t figure out a way to orchestrate his way out of town, he’ll retire just so he can leave.
    =====

    There’s not much to ‘orchestrate’…

    Play out the contract, he can be out by 2020, IF that’s what he wants.

  28. aarons444 says: Jul 13, 2017 1:24 PM

    Brady has shown that he elevates his game in the toughest of situations in the playoffs.

    One could make an argument that AR does the opposite.
    ====

    So argue it.

    Lets hear how Rodgers doesn’t perform in the ‘toughest situations in the playoffs’?

  29. cheeseisfattening says: Jul 13, 2017 1:31 PM

    Rodgers will still be able to throw his teammates under the bus at age 45 but not much else.

  30. cheeseisfattening says: Jul 13, 2017 1:32 PM

    For that matter Clay Matthews will probably still be petitioning the league to take sacks away from his past teammates to give to himself at age 45.

  31. aarons444 says: Jul 13, 2017 1:36 PM

    Rogers…..same # of SB wins as Trent Dilfer and Doug Williams….
    ====

    George Rogers was a pretty good player… but Timmy Smith really outshined him in that Super Bowl.

    Thanks for trolling… er, participating..

  32. thisisridiculous68 says: Jul 13, 2017 1:42 PM

    This is very nice stuff for Romo to say, but…

    1. What does Romo know about what it would take to play into the 40s?

    2. Let’s let the 33-year-old get to 38 or 40 before deciding he can go ’til 45! Holy cow.

  33. fjd10 says: Jul 13, 2017 1:42 PM

    The rule changes that have helped the passing game an the protection of QB’s make it so much easier or QB’s today then he past.

  34. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jul 13, 2017 1:44 PM

    Wow that means he has the possible opportunity to choke away 12 more NFC Championship games!

  35. packfaninpackland says: Jul 13, 2017 1:47 PM

    As a lifelong Packer fan I’m hoping he can play for another 8, 10, even 12 years.

    We’ve been pretty ‘blessed’ to have 2 great QB’s back-to-back, and the odds of getting a third in a row, seems unlikely !

  36. nhpats says: Jul 13, 2017 1:53 PM

    It’s going to stink for him to play until he is 45 and end his career with that single SB win….

  37. senatorblutarsky says: Jul 13, 2017 2:00 PM

    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jul 13, 2017 12:54 PM

    senatorblutarsky says:
    Jul 13, 2017 12:05 PM
    With the way referees give him calls I don’t doubt that he’ll play that long. Reference the non-existent face mask call at zero on the clock that enabled the “Hail Mary” pass against the Lions. Now it’s Packer lore. It never should have happened. Sickening.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The refs didn’t “give” Rodgers anything. Everyone on Earth thought it was a facemask as it happened, yourself included- IF you actually watched the game and aren’t just parroting. On replay, it appeared that it was minor, IF it happened at all, but it absolutely looked like the right call when it was made… which didn’t really matter… couldn’t really matter… because it was not a reviewable play.

    So let us review:

    ~ What appeared to be a 100% correct call was made.

    ~ On replay, it looked like the call may or may not have been 100% correct.

    ~ YOU wanted the refs to go directly AGAINST the rules and overturn a non reviewable play… on a MAYBE.

    ~ Because the refs didn’t break the rules and give you what you wanted, you cry that someone must be cheating.

    Entitled much?
    ____________________

    “Everyone on Earth thought it was a facemask as it happened, yourself included.” Not everyone. Maybe just Packer fans. I watched the game and at that point in time I replayed the call a few times over. I didn’t think it was a face mask then and I certainly don’t now.

    Allow me to review:

    ~ What certainly appeared to be an incorrect call was made.

    ~ On replay, it looked like the call was absolutely incorrect.

    ~ Reviewable or not, it was obvious the ref wanted the game to continue by making the incorrect call.

    ~ The facts indicate that “the mystique” of Rodgers blinded the ref into making a very bad call.

    Full of Packer fudge much?

  38. aarons444 says: Jul 13, 2017 2:03 PM

    It’s going to stink for him to play until he is 45 and end his career with that single SB win….
    ====

    Unfortunately, not every QB can 3-peat and win 5 in 7 years as Bart Starr did.

  39. aarons444 says: Jul 13, 2017 2:05 PM

    ‘senatorblutarsky says’

    You win the internet today with that username!

  40. bullcharger says: Jul 13, 2017 2:07 PM

    fjd10 says:
    Jul 13, 2017 1:42 PM
    The rule changes that have helped the passing game an the protection of QB’s make it so much easier or QB’s today then he past.

    —————-

    It’s the exact opposite actually. The game has become completely QB centric. It’s the hardest position in any sport now. They can barely find 10 guys that can play the position the way that is required to win at the NFL level.

    You didn’t always need the best QB in the league to win previously. However, in the last 16 years in the AFC Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger or Peyton Manning has Made the Super Bowl 14 of those years. You can’t win in the current NFL without a great QB.

  41. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jul 13, 2017 2:57 PM

    senatorblutarsky says:
    Jul 13, 2017 2:00 PM

    ~ Reviewable or not

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And that tells the entire tale. You don’t care what the rules OR the facts are, you just want to troll; and of course, cry. It’s okay, we’re used to that.

  42. finchy74 says: Jul 13, 2017 4:14 PM

    aarons444 says:
    Jul 13, 2017 1:24 PM
    So argue it.
    Lets hear how Rodgers doesn’t perform in the ‘toughest situations in the playoffs’?
    —————————————————————
    Happy to oblige.

    -His QB rating in the playoffs is a full 5 points lower than his regular season average, and that includes his early years in the regular season that drag down his regular season QB rating.
    -8-6 in the playoffs. For comparison, Brady is 25-9. That’s a .571 win % vs .735
    -1 playoff game above a 90 QBR rating and that was the shoot out against Warner in which both defenses decided to take the night off (The Packers lost, btw).
    -Up until January of this year, Eli Manning had a better playoff record at Lambeau than Rodgers. Now they’re tied.

    A deeper look at his wins isn’t flattering either. Rodgers playoff record should be 7-7 because the officials apparently forgot what a catch is (Dez Bryant). Furthermore, one could argue that his playoff record should be 6-8, because one of those “wins” was against something named Joe Webb, a last second replacement for an injured Christian Ponder who had beaten the Packers the week before.

    Bottom line: Rodgers is a good QB in the playoffs, but not the same guy as he is in the regular season. Contrast his performances with Brady in the SB against the Falcons. In general, AR is a poor 4th quarter comeback QB. Against winning teams down by more than 1 point in the 4th quarter, he’s 0-35. I’m not kidding. He never would have done what Brady did in the SB against the Falcons. Never.

  43. aarons444 says: Jul 13, 2017 4:48 PM

    Brady is 8 points worse in the post season… Only 2 active QBs have a higher rating, neither of them named Brady… so much for that!

    QBR?.. NO. The standard the NFL uses is QB rating, not that ESPCrap stat. Nice try cherry picking that.

    Rodgers would never lead a comeback?.. 2009 Packers down 21 at halftime. Rodgers put up 35 2nd half points to force OT. 

    Poor 4th Q comeback QB? He’s lost 3 Playoff games where his defense gave up the deciding score on the final play of the game. He won a Playoff game just last year where he was forced to put together 2 drives to seal a victory. 

    ‘Should be’ arguments. Yeah. Brady should be 3-4 in his Super Bowls. But he’s, not is he? Pointless. 

    You’re completely and totally wrong here. Your opinion is without basis and merit, you just want to stroke Brady. 

  44. bbk1000 says: Jul 13, 2017 5:56 PM

    Well, he can move around, the league protects him more than Brady, so it might be true….

  45. finchy74 says: Jul 14, 2017 12:09 AM

    @aarons444

    1 – And yet he has a far higher winning percentage and higher QBR.

    2 – QBR is a far better representation than passer rating. There are a few instances where the algorithm breaks down and those instances have allowed everyone who doesn’t want to bother to investigate the math to label it as “ESPNCrap stat.”

    3. They lost the game. 0-35 in games where the pack was down in the 4th quarter by more than 1 point to a team with a record above .500. 0-35. One more time: 0-35.

    4. Yes, the stat books say that he’s actually one of the worst all time 4th quarter come back QB’s of all time. He can do it against bad teams, but he can’t against good teams.

    5. You’re right to an extent. Lots of “should be’s” or “could be’s” in sports that have no bearing on what’s put in the sports almanac. But in terms of making an argument that Rogers is a noticeably worse QB in the playoffs than he is in the regular season, those two games paint a very clear picture that Rodgers is very fortunate to be 8-6 instead of 6-8.

    6. I have stats and evidence backing up my argument. You have platitudes and ad hominem attacks. Whose opinion is without basis and merit?

  46. gregfalco15 says: Jul 14, 2017 11:51 AM

    The mere fact that Rodgers at age 33 is playing at about the same level of Brady at age 40 tells you who the better QB is. At this point in time, Rodgers should be indisputably the better QB and he’s not even close to that. Matter of fact, in the past two regular seasons Brady has been a much better QB. Despite playing in 4 less games, Brady has thrown for more yards and has a 64-9 TD-Int ratio compared to Rodgers’ 71-15. To simplify it, Rodgers has thrown 7 more TDs but also 6 more interceptions in 4 more games than Brady. And on top of that their QB ratings hasn’t been close either.

    Then there’s the matter of one of them winning the SB against the very same team that whopped the other’s a$$. Ironically, both these QBs were down 24 points halfway through the third quarter. One of them went on to win the game, the other lost it by 23.

    Bottom line, if you can’t make a convincing argument that Rodgers is the best QB right now, how can you argue that Rodgers has been a better QB than Brady over their entire careers?

  47. aarons444 says: Jul 14, 2017 12:00 PM

    Any talk about ESPN is too much talk. I’m not going there. Call that narrow minded, but I’m not doing it. Their 15 minutes was up 10 years ago.

    0-35 is what it is. Its not an accurate representation of Rodgers in the Playoffs. Just like Brady in his SB losses to the Giants, Rodgers did what he needed to do to keep his team alive. 5 games he’s lost Playoff games on the final play of the game. 5 times. Name another QB that has happened to more than once?

    4 is false. See the above. He beat the Cowboys twice in such games, Playoff games, and he left multiple Playoff games having scored without ever getting the ball back. 7 Playoff games. Let alone the regular season… and for the record, he’s won 66% of the regular games he’s started, how bad can he be?

  48. finchy74 says: Jul 14, 2017 5:00 PM

    @aarons444 “he’s won 66% of the regular games he’s started, how bad can he be?”. I never intimated that he’s “bad” or anything other than a great QB.

    My argument was that he cannot be considered to be at Brady’s level and later on in the discussion that he’s not quite the same guy in the playoffs that he is in the regular season.

    He’s a marvelous QB, one that any franchise would be fortunate to build around. But he does have flaws that prevent him from being compared favorably with Brady.

  49. bencoates57 says: Jul 14, 2017 7:44 PM

    Until Rodgers can do to the Falcons what Brady did …

  50. beerbratscheese says: Jul 15, 2017 5:31 PM

    bencoates57 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 7:44 PM
    Until Rodgers can do to the Falcons what Brady did …
    ——————-

    He actually did. It was the defense that failed the Packers in the NFCCG.

    In their first possession of the third quarter, the Packers punted. They scored TDs on the rest of their possessions.

    In their first possession of the third quarter, the Patriots punted. They scored TDs and one FG on the rest of their possessions.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!