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.