Tom Brady reached a significant milestone on Wednesday, turning 45 ahead of the 2022 season — keeping alive his long-time goal of playing till his age-45 season.
Brady’s birthday prompted another quarterback, Aaron Rodgers of the Packers, to consider how long he might play in the NFL. (Read: a reporter asked him whether he sees himself playing until his age-45 season, like his Buccaneers counterpart).
Rodgers left no room for interpretation in his answer:
“No, I don’t,” he said. “But happy birthday, Tom.”
At this point, there’s not much left for Rodgers to achieve, barring one or two more Super Bowls. So it makes sense he wouldn’t want to compete nearly as long as Brady.
At 38 years old, Rodgers is already among the most venerable players in the NFL. He is now the second-oldest quarterback in the league following Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement, and is well within the top-10 oldest players with the retirement of such players as Andrew Whitworth. (Other players who are older than Rodgers remain as unsigned free agents).
Rodgers is one of the game’s most accomplished players, earning four NFL MVPs (second-most all time), including back-to-back honors in 2020 and 2021. He also is a 10-time Pro-Bowler and led the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl 45.
He also has made it clear he has interests outside of football, such as his use of ayahuasca and Panchakarma cleanses in the offseason. He also signed a three-year extension over the offseason that makes him the NFL’s highest-paid player in average annual value, at $50.3 million per year.
All that to say: Enjoy watching Rodgers while he’s still at the top of his game. He has, by his own admission, no more than seven years left in the league.