Aaron Rodgers has been among the best quarterbacks in the NFL ever since he took the Packers’ starting quarterback job from Brett Favre in 2008.
The Cal product is now 33 years old, and has seem to come to grips that he has moved on to the latter stage of his time in the league.
“I think I’m on the back nine of my career,” Rodgers said Tuesday in an interview with NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan at the Gatorade Player of the Year awards. “But I think I’m just kind of starting the back nine. This will be my 10th year starting, I got to sit for three years. So I’m not the typical 13-year pro, having the opportunity to sit for three years and not take the wear and tear to learn the game.”
Rodgers spent two seasons with the Golden Bears following his transfer from Butte College. After a 2004 campaign in which he threw for 24 touchdowns against only eight interceptions, Rodgers endured one of the most infamous slides in NFL Draft history, falling to the Packers at No. 24.
He’s been in Green Bay ever since. How long he remains there will determine when Rodgers decides to hang up his cleats.
“I think we all have numbers,” Rodgers said. “When I was a young player, I remember thinking as I looked at some of the older guys, if I got to five that’d be cool, or eight, or anything after 10 would be amazing. For me, I think the longevity is tied to being a Green Bay Packer. I’d like to finish my career in Green Bay.”