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Packers’ Aaron Rodgers won’t play until 45 like Tom Brady, cites ‘interests outside the game’

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Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have been the cream of the crop at quarterback for the past two decades, and both quarterbacks combined for seven MVP awards.

The two giants of football prepare to play against each other on sundayperhaps for the last time, as both quarterbacks near the end of their careers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady cheers before the Saints game on September 18, 2022 at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.
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For Brady, the end almost came during the offseason, when the seven-time Super Bowl champion announced his retirement from football before changing tack 40 days later and returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The 45-year-old is playing in his 23rd season as rumors swirl that the 2022 NFL season will be his last.

For Rodgers, at 38, the end may not be as imminent as Brady’s, but it will certainly come sooner rather than later.

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Rodgers stated during the offseason that he does not intend to play until age 45 as Brady has, and doubled down on Wednesday before Green Bay’s matchup with Tampa Bay in Week 3.

The Packers' Aaron Rodgers after a win over the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on September 18, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Packers’ Aaron Rodgers after a win over the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on September 18, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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“I won’t, I’ll do something else,” Rodgers said when asked if he would play until he was 45, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. “I have a lot of other interests outside of the game. The game has been very, very good to me. I feel like I’ve given my all to the game. At some point, it will be time to do something else, and I strongly believe it will be before 45. “.

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Brady and Rodgers have met only four times in their careers, and Brady got the better of Rodgers three of the four times they played.

Neither quarterback has seen any drop in the game, with Rodgers winning consecutive MVPs in 2020 and 2021, and Brady throwing for the most yards in his career last season.

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“The consistency where you’re still playing at a high level and there’s no drop-off,” Rodgers said when asked about Brady’s longevity.

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers celebrate winning after Capital One's The Match VI at Wynn Golf Club on June 1, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers celebrate winning after Capital One’s The Match VI at Wynn Golf Club on June 1, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Carmen Mandato/Getty Images for The Match)

“Every great player is afraid of becoming a real below-average player coming out. I don’t think anybody really wants to hang on. Maybe some guys just want to have another year, or maybe they’re on a team where they can do a lot less. But when you’ve achieved a high level for a long time, you try to stay there as long as you can.”

Green Bay travels to Tampa Bay on Sunday for a 4:25 pm ET kickoff.

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