There was uncertainty regarding Aaron Rodgers’ future ahead of the 2021 season – and there was uncertainty ahead of the 2022 campaign.
However, Rodgers has placed any uncertainty regarding his playing in the 2028 season.
With Tom Brady turning 45 this week at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rodgers was asked if he’d see himself playing until he turned 45.
“No, I don’t,” Rodgers smiled, shaking his head from side to side as he spoke to reporters on Thursday, “but happy birthday, Tom.”
Brady is the oldest active player in the NFL, although he still has a few years to catch George Blanda for the biggest player ever to run his net business. Blanda, the late Hall of Famer who played quarterback and kicker, competed until he was 48.
It’s unlikely that Brady will make it to Blanda, but it’s clear that Rodgers won’t make it to Brady.
Rodgers will turn 39 in the middle of next season, so he turned 45 in the 2028 season.
Only when Rodgers plays so remains to be seen exactly.
After signing a three-year, $150 million extension in the off-season, Rodgers was on the Packers books for the foreseeable future, but was upfront that there was no exit plan.
He has made it clear that he will “definitely” end his career playing for Green Bay, but during the junior camp in June he made it clear that he didn’t want to stick to any schedule.
“If I say I’m definitely playing two or three more years, and then you have a magical season that ends with a championship and you think that might be the best way to get off the ground, I don’t want to commit to something,” Rodgers said in June. “She says, I’m just playing an extra year and you have a bitter taste in your mouth and you still have the drive and passion to play for another year or two, I just don’t want to indulge in that.”
So, for now, it remains all about Rodgers’ focus on his 39-year season. Beyond that, who knows? It won’t be there in 2028, so plan ahead for Packers supporters.