Aaron Rodgers plans to play eight more years

AP

Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre began musing vaguely about retirement at age 32. Now 31, current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t thinking about walking awash in the short term.

Eight,” Rodgers told Peter King of TheMMQB.com regarding the intended remaining duration of his career.

Things of this nature are never binding, and the numbers tend to change — or to stay the same. Two years ago, Rodgers suggested that, with eight years in the bank (2005-12), he’d play eight more. Or maybe only seven.

Now, with 10 seasons down, he’s planning on eight more. And maybe he’ll continue to say “eight more years” for a few more years, like Tom Brady when he went more than a few years claiming he’d play 10 more years.

Rodgers mentioned in 2013 the factor of bringing more titles to Titletown. With only one Lombardi Trophy in seven seasons of starting for Lombardi’s old team, Rodgers may be more inclined to extend his stay, if that’s what it takes to get to two or three, or more.

One thing is clear, based on Rodgers’ ability to play well late last year despite limited mobility. He’ll be capable of making a late-career transition to arm-by-NASA-body-by-Lego pocket passer, if Rodgers decides to play beyond the point at which his legs decide to stop working as well as they do.

119 responses to “Aaron Rodgers plans to play eight more years

  1. He’s going to be playing for a long time yet. His arm is insane. It’s not like he struggles with health issues, but he has come down with a few at inopportune times. He should be able to play for at least 8 more years barring a more major injury setback.

  2. Awesome!! Zimmers defense will enjoy battering Rodgy for 8 more years. Doubt he makes it past 4 though….

  3. He moves well in the pocket and avoids many hits. Also the rules don’t allow the QB to take big shots anymore so I could see him going another 8.

  4. I don’t care how many more years he plays, just as long as he doesn’t retire, unretire, retire, unretire, retire, unretire, and retire again like someone else that shall remain nameless.

  5. uestion: Why does Goodell refuse to investigate Rodgers’ admission that he illegally over inflates footballs.
    Answer: Because he is not a Patriot.

    And Goodell’s vendetta persecution of NE continues.
    NFL lied
    Goodell lied
    Vincent lied
    Wells lied
    Exponent lied
    Colts lied
    Ravens lied
    Only TB12 requested to be sworn in under oath

  6. thought the knock on Favre was that he never taught Rodgers anything.
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    Not completely true. He taught him that throwing INT’s at crucial times can be a really bad thing. On the flip side, it did rip the hearts out of Vikings fans who were sure he was going to lead them to a SB win!

  7. The man can ball. Let’s hope they are 8 healthy years. As long as they aren’t playing your team the greats are a privilege to watch.

  8. 8 more years of cheating with over-inflated footballs!
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    Unfortunately that’s not the case. Because Rodgers doesn’t tamper with the inflation AFTER the ref’s inspect/adjust them like Brady does.

  9. Too many of these guys stick around far too long. That’s why their bodies are broken when they retire. Admittedly, players today are in better shape, but they are also bigger, and faster. Last year, Rodgers showed he was not invincible. I wish him luck.

  10. The NFL is a better league with Aaron Rodgers in it.

    This is from a Vikings fan. You have to respect greatness when you see it, no matter what colors it wears.

  11. Guy is awesome, fun to watch. Thank God I am a Patriots fan and we don’t see them very often. He will make a good second best QB of all time, right behind TB12.

    *Goodell
    *NFL
    ***Mike Kensil
    Ryan Grigson needs a diaper change.

  12. I hope he does, as long as he is effective. He’ll always be MY GUY, but it’s never to early to draft the guy of the future. BEtter a year early then too late. Just my opinion. GO PACK!!!

  13. great regular season QB! wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot poll when it comes to the playoffs!
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    Very odd statement considering he has one of the highest career post season passer ratings in the NFL and Win%.

  14. What’s up after Rodgers? How can anyone follow that? I have nightmares about 1970’s-80’s Packers.
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    People said the same thing when Favre was 33 or so. Seemed to work out pretty well!

  15. Ha, Rodgers 6-5 playoff record suggest he won’t win TWO or THREE more Lombardis. He’s good, but Packers fans delusional hard on for him is more than annoying

  16. No worries as long as McCarthy and Thompson are around holding him back. With competent coaching and management, Rodgers would have won 3 or more super bowls by now. I hope those two get lifetime contracts.

  17. redrew says:
    Aug 10, 2015 10:15 AM
    uestion: Why does Goodell refuse to investigate Rodgers’ admission that he illegally over inflates footballs.

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    Easy one…Answer: Rodgers says he pumps them up pre-inspection, because sometimes after the refs are done with them, they’re on the low side, which he doesn’t like. You can do whatever you want with them , PRE-inspection, that’s no violation.

    Once the balls have been inspected by the refs, they can’t be messed with, unless you’re talking about New England of course.

    PS….Was it Dorito “Dink”? Or “Doink”?

  18. As long as Rodgers is healthy and that clown show is running things in Minnesota and Chicago, the division championship is a given every year. The Lions…..are just the Lions, but they have the ability to at least be competitive.

  19. Hopefully we get at least two Superbowls in those 8 years. It’s still tough to swallow the way last year ended, but it’s hard to see the Packers slipping out of the NFL elite with #12 at helm.

  20. “Two or three more Lombardis should elevate the discussion…..”

    MUCH easier said than done my friends.

    That said, this Pats fan thinks Rodgers is clearly among the great qb’s to play the game.

  21. Funny how AR can be interviewed without him spouting that he is a sure lock for the Hall of Fame and probably the greatest player to have played his position… Multiple MVP’s , SB ring, a leader of the most potent offense in the NFL…. our sisters to the north have a I,I,I, guy that beats his kid, tells everyone he is a HoF lock, and the best ever… and still has fans idolizing him… smh, you just cannot make this stuff up.

  22. I am a die hard Viking fan and I have to say Rodgers is not only the best QB in the game, he might qualify as the best player in the game. He as owned my Vikes since 2010 so there is that. Certainly don’t want him playing another 8 years, but I tip my hat to him.

  23. Of course he plans to play 8 more years. Those illegally inflated footballs he’s using that Goodell doesn’t care about are doing him wonders.
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    Unfortunately the refs actually test and adjust the footballs BEFORE the game. And he doesn’t have any stooges go and overinflate them AFTER inspection by the refs like Brady does.

  24. If only he had 8 more clavicles, shin-bones and rotator cuffs.
    ———–
    How many games did he miss due to a shin injury or rotator cuff injury? 0

    On the flip side, he doesn’t crash motorcycles without a helmet or rape chicks, so he’ll probably be available those 8 years.

  25. walking awash, huh?

    also, “He’ll be capable of making a late-career transition to arm-by-NASA-body-by-Lego pocket passer, if Rodgers decides to play beyond the point at which his legs decide to stop working as well as they do.” is a nightmare of a sentence.

  26. He may indeed play 8 more years, since the refs don’t allow him to be touched, much less tackled by the opposing team.

  27. Brady will play till he is 45 and win another Super Bowl between now and age 42 and cap his career with back to back super bowls like Elway at tend to his career to end up with a total of 7.

  28. 28 Lashes All Day says:
    Aug 10, 2015 10:45 AM

    great regular season QB! wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot poll when it comes to the playoffs!
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    Very odd statement considering he has one of the highest career post season passer ratings in the NFL and Win%.
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    I’ll give you the passer rating, but 6-5 is not one of the highest career postseason winning percentages. He is in good company, though, as Bob Griese, Drew Brees, and Fran Tarkenton are also 6-5.

    Among quarterbacks with at least 5 postseason starts, Rodgers is tied for 33rd in winning percentage. That passer rating is a sure sign that the rest of the team and coaches have been holding Rodgers back. Let’s see if that changes over the next eight years.

  29. Favre > Rodgers
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    Nobody with an sanity would agree with that. Rodgers does everything Favre could do plus a lot more. And if he plays as many seasons as a starter as Favre, he will shatter every single stat of his.

  30. nightflyer2012 says:
    Aug 10, 2015 11:00 AM

    Easy one…Answer: Rodgers says he pumps them up pre-inspection, because sometimes after the refs are done with them, they’re on the low side, which he doesn’t like. You can do whatever you want with them , PRE-inspection, that’s no violation.
    ——————————-

    Yeah, you can do what you want, as long as the PSI is between 12.5 and 13.5.

    If Tom Brady were to say that he purposely underinflates the footballs to see if he can get them by the referees, it would break the internet due to the sheer volume of Hater Faithful comments.

    Tom Brady is also not on record saying he wants the footballs set below 12.5PSI. There is not one text or email that says anything like that at all.

  31. I’ll give you the passer rating, but 6-5 is not one of the highest career postseason winning percentages. He is in good company, though, as Bob Griese, Drew Brees, and Fran Tarkenton are also 6-5
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    Highest post season win% among active QB’s. He’s only half way through his career.

  32. With having to play against Detroit’s new and improved defense twice a year I don’t think Rodgers will last that long.

  33. So, appartently Rodgers gets to decide that he plays 8 more years and is considered humble by packers fans?

    One, he has to stay healthy.
    Two, what if management does to him what they did to Favre?
    And three, I hope he demands 50 million a year.

    Rodgers arogant?
    Nah.

  34. Well, only 6-8 years left until the Pack fall back into the NFL basement. It’s going to be 1968-1991 all over again. Teams used to threaten players by telling them they were going to be traded to Green Bay

  35. I remember defending Rodgers from Pack fans during his first couple years with them saying he was a dud just because he had a couple of bad preseason games. They said he had “bad mechanics” when all he did was hold the ball higher up, yet he was always deadly accurate (tied the record for most straight completions against eventual BCS champions U$C in college) with a rocket arm. Favre didn’t mentor Rodgers at all, let alone even talk to him. Whatever Rodgers learned was by watching what to do, and more importantly, what not to do like throwing multiple interceptions. You Pack fans are incredibly lucky to have Rodgers when you guys wanted to jettison him.

  36. Rodgers has played 7 seasons. Won the SB once. Not bad. You know how many postseason games he’s won in the other 6 seasons combined. Two. That’s pathetic.

  37. Why is the media even asking him about retirement? He is 31, qbs of his caliber are now routinely playing to 40 and beyond. So why ask about retirement when he is in the middle of his career and really not even approaching the end yet?

  38. 28 Lashes All Day says:
    Aug 10, 2015 12:35 PM

    Highest post season win% among active QB’s. He’s only half way through his career.
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    Russell Wilson – .750
    Eli Manning – .727
    Tom Brady – .724
    Ben Roethlisberger – .667
    Joe Flacco – .667
    Mark Sanchez – .667
    Colin Kaepernick – .667
    Aaron Rodgers – .545

  39. I wish this guy would just retire. I’m tired of him beating my Vikings all the time. I thought it would get better once Favre retired. But even then it took Favre playing for us to sweep them. Their QB luck just doesn’t seem fair!

  40. Rodgers is a great QB, but let’s be real. He’s been “pretty dang good” for seven years and that has gotten (1) Lombardi. There’s little reason to think even ten more years will translate to any more than (1) to add for a total of (2) or maybe (3) if they luck out.

    Ten years does not equal 10 Lombardis or even three.

    Good for him and good for Packers fans, though.

  41. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Aug 10, 2015 12:48 PM
    Well, only 6-8 years left until the Pack fall back into the NFL basement. It’s going to be 1968-1991 all over again. Teams used to threaten players by telling them they were going to be traded to Green Bay

    ________________________________

    Thats funny, I seem to recall a lot of people saying that exact same thing when Favre was nearing the end of his career.

  42. Future MVP Teddy B says:
    Aug 10, 2015 2:00 PM

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    QB luck is when 1 team just happens to have the #1 overall pick when John Elway is entering the draft. Then that same team just happens to have the #1 overall pick again when Peyton Manning is entering the draft. And then the same team again just happens to have the #1 overall pick when Andrew Luck is entering the draft.

    Luck isn’t a very good term for the Packers situtation, good scouting and player development though would work. It’s not luck when you trade a 1st round pick for a guy who was taken in the 2nd, hadn’t proven anything in the NFL, and had alcohol and drug problems. I’ll give you a little bit of luck for a top qb prospect falling to 24, but the team still sat him and developed him

  43. I wish this guy would just retire. I’m tired of him beating my Vikings all the time. I thought it would get better once Favre retired. But even then it took Favre playing for us to sweep them. Their QB luck just doesn’t seem fair!

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    No doubt, look at the Colts with Manning/Luck and the 49ers with Montana/Young.

  44. ChrisCicc says:
    Aug 10, 2015 10:12 AM

    Green Bay is not Titletown.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Green Bay has won more NFL Championships than any other team, so I’d say they have the right to call themselves Titletown.

  45. As long as he has massive lineman to move him as they advance the huddle he’ll be in good shape and doesn’t need his legs. Prop him up so that he can flip his wrist and whip the ball 50 yards downfield then look back to his lineman to drag him to the line of scrimmage then it’s all good. LOL

  46. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Aug 10, 2015 10:06 AM

    Two or three more Lombardis should elevate the discussion from “best in the league” to “quite possibly the best ever.”
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    Then he might want to play another 30 years, at the rate he’s going.

  47. ktm300xcwe says:
    Aug 10, 2015 11:36 AM
    I am a die hard Viking fan and I have to say Rodgers is not only the best QB in the game, he might qualify as the best player in the game
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    Brady
    Big Ben
    Eli Manning

    Just three ACTIVE QB’s off the top of my head that have more SB wins than Rodgers. And the list of QB’s that have as many as Rodgers is at about 40.

    Rodger is dang good. Rodgers is one of the best regular season QB’s in football. But, there is absolutely no way he is the best QB currently playing. That belongs to Brady. Or do you need to see a picture of his SB rings to prove it?

    8 more years is also very lofty, given that he has been injured in the last two seasons. No, he didn’t miss any games last season. But he gimped his way through quite a few games. And when you’re 35+, you can’t do that.

  48. Arodg is the best QB Ive ever seen. But he’s going to need more than 1 title to be the best ever. As a Vikes fan I hope that dosent happen.

  49. “With only one Lombardi Trophy in seven seasons……”

    The rest of the division has one Lombardi trophy EVER. Or to put that in perspective, that’s one in a combined 149 seasons for the bears, lions and vikings.

    That is ONLY one.

  50. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Aug 10, 2015 10:06 AM
    Two or three more Lombardis should elevate the discussion from “best in the league” to “quite possibly the best ever.”
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    Two more Lombardis would elevate him past Eli Manning, and into a discussion with Big Ben.

    3 more would elevate him into discussions with Brady and Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.

    He would have to win 4 more to say “best ever”.

    As it stands, he has 1. Now, is 1 Superbowl pretty cool? Absolutely. I mean, Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson agree it is. But it’s not even in the same planet as “best ever”.

  51. 8 is a long time. Maybe he will make it? Although, he’s a finesse guy, and doesn’t handle the hits well. He’s been banged up the last couple of years, and will slow down with age.

    I’d say 4, maybe 5 years left.

  52. djvh2 says:
    Aug 10, 2015 12:33 PM

    Michael Jordan was the Aaron Rodgers of the NBA. Complete dominance.
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    There is absolutely no comparison of these two players. One of them won 6 championships. And 1 has a single championship.

    Nobody “dominates” football, least of all Aaron Rodgers.

  53. Is there any argument in football more ridiculous than one that revolves around this notion that the number of Super Bowls a quarterback has won or not is some sort of legitimate indicator of talent at the position?

    Are people completely oblivious to football being the ultimate team sport, or did they just forget?

    It takes a whole lot more than just a good quarterback to win a championship, just ask Dan Marino.

  54. That is awesome, but in the NFL those kind of plans can change in about half a second. If he can stay free from major injury he probably can play eight more years at a high level. He just gets better with age, he has to be the smartest QB playing now. As good as he is it will take more than just him. The Packers will have to continue to draft well, and there is always a little bit of luck involved. That goofy shaped ball bounces kinda funny.

  55. Rodgers as much as I hate to admit it will probably go down as the best ever. Brady has been damn good, but he’s also not been the sole reasons for winning 4 SB’s. He’s been on some damn good teams. Football is the ultimate team sport. A QB could be absolutely awesome only to have the defense or ST’s screw up in one game that ends the season.

  56. 8 more years is also very lofty, given that he has been injured in the last two seasons. No, he didn’t miss any games last season. But he gimped his way through quite a few games.
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    He’s actually been very durable for a QB. A broken bone is not something that you use to forecast the demise of a career like a shoulder, arm, neck injury (manning) can do. 1 broken bone is just a freak accident and pulling a calf muscle is also pretty benign in the grand scheme of things.

    I’d be more concerned with knee, back, neck or shoulder injuries for a QB.

  57. First, given all the factors involved in a QB’s success, I agree with Elway who said there is no greatest, just many great QB’s. In this respect Dan Marino was one of those, though he never won a SB. Yet there is no denying that in this day/age, the biggest factor for arguing greatness is how many SB rings a QB has. If it were stats like career QB rating, then Rodgers is already up there. But it’s not. So for Rodgers to be mentioned in the same breath as Montana and Brady, he needs at least a couple more rings. (He arguably should have had one last year had Special Teams not imploded in NFCC game last year.) Until he does, I don’t think he should be mentioned in the same breath as the Montanas and Bradys. Ok, and Bridgewater for some of the Vikings fans who are insecure and crave recognition whether warranted yet or not. 😉

    Actually, within the next 8 years, I do think Rodgers has a good shot at getting one if not two more rings if he can remain relatively close to being at the top of his game. A big if, but we will see. Btw, I say this as a Packers fan who cannot but respect what the Montana’s and Bradys have achieved, not to mention the other greats like Marino without a ring.

  58. My guuess is 5.

    Zimmer’s defense will be too much to handle over the years, and Rodgers has been hurt the last 2 years.

    It gives the packer faithful something to try to cozy up to, but 5 years from now, Rodgers will be pleading: NO MAS!!!!!!!

  59. Zimmer’s defense will be too much to handle over the years, and Rodgers has been hurt the last 2 years.
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    Our defense was not exactly stellar last year under Zimmer. And Rodgers had 2 very different injuries. Broken bone was his only major injury on an awkward landing.

  60. “Rodgers as much as I hate to admit it will probably go down as the best ever. Brady has been damn good, but he’s also not been the sole reasons for winning 4 SB’s. He’s been on some damn good teams. Football is the ultimate team sport. A QB could be absolutely awesome only to have the defense or ST’s screw up in one game that ends the season.”
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    Well said. Football is a team game. If Terry Bradshaw never had good teams surrounding him, he wouldn’t have had 5 rings. Same goes with every other ring ever won; including Trent Dilfer’s.

    Does Trent Dilfer’s ring mean he’s somehow a better QB than Dan Marino? Of course not.

    Replace Montana’s 49ers with a high school team and pit them against the same NFL opponents. How many rings would “he” have won with that team?

    Rings and wins are a team statistic, not an individual achievement.

    Therefore when measuring the greatest QB of all time, team achievements like rings are a side-note in comparison to how well that QB consistently performs on game day. And Aaron Rodgers may very well perform better than any other QB in NFL history.

  61. If Aaron plays eight more years, he’ll retire just as Hillary is getting ready to leave the White House, and the country will be getting ready to elect Julian Castro of Texas, former mayor of San Antonio, as our first hispanic President!

    Ain’t America great!

  62. Therefore when measuring the greatest QB of all time, team achievements like rings are a side-note in comparison to how well that QB consistently performs on game day. And Aaron Rodgers may very well perform better than any other QB in NFL history.
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    That simply is not true, unless you’d like to completely ignore the playoffs. Rodgers is one of the best REGULAR season QB’s I’ve ever seen. But his legacy falls short when it comes to the playoffs thus far.

  63. Are people completely oblivious to football being the ultimate team sport, or did they just forget?

    It takes a whole lot more than just a good quarterback to win a championship, just ask Dan Marino.
    ——
    Except, the talk really isn’t about if Rodgers is a great QB. The main discussion seems to be people saying he will end his career as the GREATEST to ever play the game. And the answer is not unless he wins at LEAST two more Superbowls. Otherwise, he will be the greatest QB that couldn’t elevate his team in the playoffs.

  64. That simply is not true, unless you’d like to completely ignore the playoffs. Rodgers is one of the best REGULAR season QB’s I’ve ever seen. But his legacy falls short when it comes to the playoffs thus far.
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    Simple minded thinking. Because that is not due to Rodgers performance. If it was, he wouldn’t have one of the highest career post season passer ratings of all time.

  65. That simply is not true, unless you’d like to completely ignore the playoffs. Rodgers is one of the best REGULAR season QB’s I’ve ever seen. But his legacy falls short when it comes to the playoffs thus far.

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    Pretty funny that your saying someone who was won a Super Bowl MVP falls short when it comes to the playoffs. Rodgers is still the third highest rated passer in postseason history, proving ultimately that football is a TEAM game.

    Rodgers is already being discussed as one of the greatest of all-time whether you like it or not. His numbers in this league through 7 years are out of this world, and judging by how well Brady and Manning have played into their late-30s, no reason Rodgers cant do the same. I would be shocked if Rodgers doesnt win at least one more Super Bowl, regardless.

  66. He just has to lay off forcing deep balls in the playoffs/against top defenses and rely a little more on quick-efficient passes (like Brady/Peyton) and the running game.

    Don’t always have to be a playmaker.

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