Aaron Rodgers plans to play as long as he can play the way he plays

AP

Plenty of franchise quarterbacks have said they plan to keep playing until they turn 40, and beyond. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently applied a more open-ended expiration date to his career.

“I think I proved with the calf injury that I can play from the pocket effectively,” Rodgers recently told Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But I’m going to keep playing the way I play as long as I can.”

The key words in that answer are “the way I play.” The way he plays is with a high degree of mobility. So when the mobility goes, will Rodgers settle for being a pocket passer exclusively? The second sentence of the answer suggests that maybe he won’t. The first sentence suggests that maybe he will.

And that continues to be the broader question for all aging quarterbacks. Before Father Time wins the race, he’ll establish a healthy lead. So which quarterbacks will be content to keep playing when they’re not playing as well as they used to? Which will accept eventually being backups?

A very good living can be made by being serving as an understudy to a starter, as Matthew Hasselbeck has done in the latter stages of his career. But if Hasselbeck had won Super Bowl XL or otherwise become a clear-cut, short-list franchise quarterback, would he have settled for that?

Moving forward, the question is whether Rodgers or Tom Brady or Drew Brees or Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger would be willing to keep playing beyond the point where they’re playing as well as they are now — and whether they’d ever be willing to keep playing even if they won’t be actually playing.

66 responses to “Aaron Rodgers plans to play as long as he can play the way he plays

  1. hey man, feel free to take an early retirement.

    oh, and the calf injury proved to everyone you’re an average QB when your mobility is decreased.

  2. Translation: I’m retiring.

    If only he could’ve had the prowess and likeability of Teddy Bridgewater as a young qb, he wouldn’t have had to ride the bench for so long. Maybe Favre would’ve respected the guy too.

  3. “A very good living can be made by being serving as an understudy to a starter, as Matthew Hasselbeck has done in the latter stages of his career.”
    *********************
    While a long-time vet can be a backup, “understudy” indicates, he’ll be studying under someone, who he already knows more than.

    Being a backup, doesn’t make you an understudy.

  4. Even with the calf injury limiting his mobility Aaron Rodgers was better than any QB to ever don the putrid purple, including Favre, Tarkenton, or Teddy Turnover. It has always been known.

  5. Teddy Bridgewater’s ceiling is way higher than this dudes. Bridgewater actually has a running game too. Face it Packers fans, Lacy is terrible and slow. We have the GOAT in Peterson. Zimmer and his defense…..ouch. No question Erin Rodger’s arrow is pointing straight down.

  6. I hope he means by passing the ball instead of handing off which he shouldn’t have done in Seattle and other games leading up to it.
    They have the golden boy with the million dollar arm. Use him!

  7. Enjoy it while it lasts Aaron. Zimmer’s Defense will be making you look quite ordinary in due time….

  8. Everyone who counts themselves as a true fan of the NFL would agree that we’re witnessing a “golden era” of sorts in regards to the quarterback position in the NFL these days. Even despite acknowledging this fact, I don’t believe people will adequately realize just how golden this era actually is…not until the era itself has passed and we are viewing it through the rear-view mirror. The game itself has continued to evolve into one dominated by the pass-attack, and this has led to some monstrous, record-breaking efforts by the elite QBs across the league. There’s a handful of bonafide HOF quarterbacks playing today, with a slew of younger studs who intend to follow in the footsteps of the superstar signal-callers. Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning…along with up-and-comers like Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton, and many others…elite QB talent is in an abundance that has never been seen in the history of the game.

    There’s no arguing against the fact that this is a very exciting time to be a fan of the NFL in general.

  9. He has spent his entire career playing in front of drunken fatties. I am sure he would welcome a change of scenery. Maybe something with a defense that has some physicality.

  10. There isn’t a QB I’d take over Rodgers ever. He is the perfect blend of physical ability and mental ability that you want in a QB.

    Anyone who days that Brady’s 07 or Manning’s 13 were the best season by a QB ever obviously did not watch Rodgers 11 season. I’ve never seen anyone consistently nail his receivers in the earholes. It’s no secret that Rodgers makes his receivers look far better than they are. Why else would Jennings and Jones experience such dropoffs when leaving to other teams.

    Also, not a Packers fan. I’m a Broncos fan who was at Met Life when the Hawks stomped the crap out of us.

  11. Tom Brady – 37 years old
    Payton Manning – 39 years old
    Drew Brees – 36 years old

    Aaron Rodgers – 31 years old

    Lets not jump the gun putting him in this older group

  12. Here’s the full quote. Seriously, can’t you report anything without spin.

    Rodgers: “I think we saw last year, I saw for sure, what being a pocket passer looks like. Felt pretty good about it, when the running is really out of it, being able to still make plays from the pocket and subtle (pocket) movements. That hopefully gives the team some faith that I can play past the years where my legs are as active and my athleticism is where it’s been earlier in my career. If I can keep playing this way at least a few more years — four, five, six more years — and then get a couple as a little more of a pocket passer …”

  13. If he plays the way he plays then his play will plainly be in play. Well played Mr. Rodgers.

  14. So the question isn’t whether they’d play at all….whether they would be unwilling or not.

  15. Dude is only 31 and still has a long time before retirement. Granted he’s in his beginning stage of the second part of his career but even still he has another good six years left. That’s six years of winning the division, six more years of being in the playoffs, six more years of being in the mix of winning the SB. Guys talk like he’s about to retire and he’s done. These are the same guys that fear him when their teams play us. The only way 12 knows how to play is by being playing like a champion and being precise. Same was said about Brady this past year and look how that turned out.

  16. A lot of people are scscarscared to do it, but i’m not. Rodgers has a championship, but he’s choked his fair share of the time in the post season too.

  17. Rodgers doesn’t seem like the type of guy that would linger around the league much past his prime, as football doesn’t seem to singularly rule his life like it does with Manning or Brady.

  18. drunkinsconnie says:
    Jun 11, 2015 9:00 PM

    He sees the end. It is known.

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    We all see the end, pal. There’s no cheating Father Time.

    In Rodgers’ case, there is no financial reason for him to continue to play. But he may slip over into coaching if he wants to remain close to the game.

    Or maybe broadcasting given his exposure to media and entertainment though his lady friend.

  19. And cue the comments from people who didn’t actually bother to read the article. Where they would have found out that Rodgers’ comments had absolutely nothing to do with retirement, and all talk of retirement was merely an added opinion of the writer.

  20. He is the gold standard. If he can play at the level he has for another 6-7 years he will be in the talks of the best at his position.

  21. Who cares? Let these guy’s play out their careers. Everyday there is a headline about so and so wants to play till 40, when he’s in diapers, or cashing Social Security. Blah blah blah.

  22. Everybody loves ripping Peyton Manning for not getting the job done in the playoffs. What about Aaron Rodgers? 31 going on 32 years old. Only one Super Bowl. First you blame the defense and then injuries. Sound familiar? ARod is easily the most talented QB in the NFL but he’s clearly breaking down and nobody gets better after 32. It’s now or never with Andrew Luck so close to figuring it out and winning 3 straight. First ballot Hall of Famer but he’s really underachieved considering the amount of talent he has.

  23. Manning and Brady aren’t as good as they were when they were 30, but still win and compete at a high level. There is no reason to quit just because you aren’t as good as you were at your best. If you can still be very good and you enjoy it, why quit?

  24. Good player! As a big PACK guy, I’d like him to play allot longer still, just needs to clean up his game a bit from last year. Playoff choke still stings, but it wasn’t totally on Rogers I guess. Kinda wish we hadn’t traded Flynn, he seemed like a solid insurance policy. Ah well, on to next year. GO PACK!!!|!!!

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  25. That’s your only hope sconnie, poor viking fans desperate to win. Too bad it will be at least another 7 years before the reigning MVP retires. Just embrace the suck like your brethren.

  26. conormacleod says:
    Jun 12, 2015 8:54 AM

    They all say that. But hardly any of them recognize or acknowledge when that time actually comes.
    ———————————————————-
    Good point. The competitive drive that allows these guys to reach the pinnacle of their sport is also what often clouds their ability to see when the end of their career is upon them. And not just for QBs either.

  27. The money has increased so much that I think you will see fewer great quarterbacks play until they embarrass themselves. Part of it is wanting to show that you can still do it, but I think Unitas & Namath might have retired with more dignity if they had been set for life the way an average modern quarterback is these days.

  28. Huge Viking fan here! I just want to say that I’m all into my sell.
    Each morning, before I put my fake tooth in, I ponder on what it would be like to have been born some place else beside Minnesota, and root for the Vikings. I’m so jealous of all past Super Bowl winning teams (specially the team to the east). I wish my team didn’t choke all those championship and Super Bowl games away. I wish, I wish and I wish……….. Oh well, time to get up and look for work….

  29. fearthehoody says:
    Jun 11, 2015 10:59 PM

    Aaron Rodgers*

    an admitted cheater
    ————————————
    From a Viking fan.

    Aaron Rodgers is not “an admitted cheater”. He said he likes his footballs inflated as much as possible. He didn’t say he breaks any league rules. Brady on the other hand was caught doing it, denied it and refuses to cooperate with the full investigation. All he has to do is turn over his phone if he’s innocent. Why doesn’t he do that?

    Keep Rodgers out of things. He has more class than the entire Patriot team.

  30. Aaron Rodgers is a class act. Personally I hope he plays at a high level for many years. As a Viking fan I hate watching him dominate them every year but as an NFL fan I love watching him play. His accuracy is second to none. RESPECT!

  31. firerogergoodell says:
    Jun 12, 2015 12:47 AM

    Everybody loves ripping Peyton Manning for not getting the job done in the playoffs. What about Aaron Rodgers? 31 going on 32 years old. Only one Super Bowl. First you blame the defense and then injuries. Sound familiar? ARod is easily the most talented QB in the NFL but he’s clearly breaking down and nobody gets better after 32. It’s now or never with Andrew Luck so close to figuring it out and winning 3 straight. First ballot Hall of Famer but he’s really underachieved considering the amount of talent he has.
    ———————————-
    So are you saying the Packers not winning more superbowls falls strictly on Rodgers? Not their defense or special teams? Give me a break. By the way, Peyton Manning only has 1 superbowl win. Brett Favre, 1. Dan Marino has none. Did they underachieve too? Many great QBs only have 1 or 0 superbowls. It doesn’t take away from their talents.

  32. The picture above is from the past NFC championship game with 5 minutes left to play blowing kisses to US fellow big time packer stock holders! I was so mad sitting in the stands!

  33. “The picture above is from the past NFC championship game with 5 minutes left to play blowing kisses to US fellow big time packer stock holders! I was so mad sitting in the stands!”

    ///////////////////////////////////

    Really? That’s what that is? He actually went into the locker room, changed his jersey from white to green, and came back out? Just for you?

    Wow.

  34. vargavarga says:

    “… No question Erin Rodger’s arrow is pointing straight down.”

    ————————————————————

    Uh huh. You keep telling yourself that. Maybe if you say it enough times, you’ll actually start to believe it.

  35. Sounds like he’s accepted his place in history – a less intelligent and less accurate version of Peyton Manning, a regular season stat-hound and playoff choker.

  36. Whiny purple trolls must be tired of Rodgers passing all over the field on them with their weak pass defense. How many wins you got in the last 10 against him, one? Bwahahaha! I would be willing to bet the Vikings will go through another 2 qb’s before your master Rodgers retires. Embrace the suck because as long as he is at the helm the Vikings will be playing the part of red headed stepchild.

  37. So he’ll keep rolling out and scrambling for as long as he can, and then he’ll play from the pocket. Not sure what all the hollering is about.
    He also reveals in the interview that in college he played with a broken index finger and a quarter and a half with a broken foot. Tougher than he gets credit for being.

  38. Actually Ejmat2 Brady was never “caught” doing anything. Statements like that are what shows you to be the typical uniformed fan. You saw headlines, do not read the facts. Preach false information as truth. Others follow

  39. fearthehoody says:
    Jun 12, 2015 8:36 PM
    Actually Ejmat2 Brady was never “caught” doing anything. Statements like that are what shows you to be the typical uniformed fan. You saw headlines, do not read the facts. Preach false information as truth. Others follow
    ——————————————–
    You’re right. His equipment boy was “caught” but I guess all other former and current QBs were all wrong when they said the QB always know what’s going on with teir footballs. I guess that holds no merit, right???? But I’ll give you Brady himself wasn’t caught doing it.

    I’m as informed of a football fan as every one else in here so please don’t try and act like you know more than I.

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