Aaron Rodgers turned 37 years old on Wednesday. Tom Brady has paved the way for quarterbacks thriving into their 40s, but events earlier this year called into question whether Rodgers will be with the Green Bay Packers for the long haul.
The team traded up to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Rodgers was very frank about what that means for his future with the franchise, after the pick was made. He also admits that he wasn’t thrilled with it, hoping that the Packers would take advantage of a draft rich with wide receivers to add weapons to the offense.
“Based on just the circumstances around everything. Just look at the facts. They traded up, they drafted him. I would say they like him, they want to play him,” Rodgers told Kyle Brandt on a podcast over the summer. “Different scenario, you know now quarterbacks are playing earlier. It gives some latitude for young coaches and GMs to play their guys. And I get it, I really do. I don’t harbor any ill will about it.”
Many said that this would motivate Rodgers to have a resurgent season this fall, after his personal performance was a bit shy of his very high standards last season, even during a 13-3 season for Green Bay. If that isn’t the case, he isn’t hiding it well at all. Rodgers is in the heat of the MVP race, and the Packers could wind up with the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Now, with his 37th birthday here, he isn’t quite ready to concede his starting job anytime soon.
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“If you had told that 21-year-old he’d still be sitting here at 37, I’d be pretty happy about that,” Aaron Rodgers said Wednesday, according to Jason Wilde of the State Journal. “As happy as I am today to still be here.”
He expanded on his future, and said he hopes that he has some more birthdays with the Green Bay Packers.
“A lot of emotions over the years,” Rodgers said. “After the ‘07 season, I thought Favre would never retire. Once I became the starter, I thought I was going to have the gig for a while. Haven’t had thoughts in the last eight or 10 years about doing anything other than this, for sure. This is what I’ve wanted to do, be the quarterback here. It’s been a dream come true.
“I was drafted at 21 years old, so I’ve had a lot of birthdays here. I feel really fortunate to have spent so much time here, to be a resident of the great state of Wisconsin, to live in this city for so many years. I’ve gotten to know some great people that live here and I’ve enjoyed all my teammates I’ve played with.
“I’ve really enjoyed all the special moments here, so many of them. I just feel really fortunate to have grown up here and just have a lot of great memories that I’ve made here that I’ll take with me one day.
“Hopefully, that day isn’t too soon.”
Aaron Rodgers has 3,100 yards, 33 touchdowns, and four interceptions on the year. His 117.6 passer rating is tops in the NFL, and he’s second in QBR behind Patrick Mahomes.
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