Former NFL quarterback Tony Romo says that Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers could play until he is 45 years old if he wanted to, according to Marc Sessler of NFL.com.
“I think Aaron is one of those guys who is uniquely talented. Special player in our league for a long time. He can go as long as he wants to,” said Romo. “If he stays injury free, he may be in his eyes on the back nine, but as long as he wants to continue to take hits, he’ll be able to play until he’s 45.”
Romo was referring to Rodgers recently saying he is on the “back nine” of his career.
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback said that while arm strength starts to go as you age, Rodgers will still likely be productive, using New England Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady as an example.
“One thing that goes sometimes for quarterbacks as they get up to the 40 level, their legs and their arms start to go a little bit,” he said. “You just don’t see the same pop in the ball. And a little bit is they just don’t want to take the same hits they’re used to taking. Their body just doesn’t want it the same way they once did. I think what you find is that Tom Brady is kind of reshaping that a little bit, and almost allowing him mentally to change that.”
Rodgers is coming off of a 2016 campaign in which he threw for 4,428 yards and a league-leading 40 touchdowns while tossing up only seven interceptions.