Packers Aaron Rodgers says he is on the back nine of his career

GREEN BAY, WI - MAY 23: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass during Green Bay Packers Organized Team Activities on May 23, 2017 at Clarke Hinkle Field in Green Bay, WI. (Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire)
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has become one of the best signal callers in the league today — if not one of the best of all time. However, the aging Rodgers understands that he can’t play the game of football forever.

“I think I’m on the back nine of my career,” Rodgers said on Tuesday, via NFL Network. “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.”

The 33-year-old has spent his entire NFL career in Green Bay, a tenure that began all the way back in 2005-06. He was originally selected by the Packers in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Cal.

“I think we all have numbers,” Rodgers added. “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.”

It is also worth noting that Rodgers has appeared in all 16 regular-season games on six different occasions as an NFL quarterback. Appearing in 15 regular-season games twice as well, he has served as the Packers’ starter under center for each of the last nine seasons.

Nonetheless, despite the fact that he is no longer a young gun-slinger, Rodgers believes that the Packers still have more left in the tank.

“Well, we got to start faster. We didn’t start fast last year, we lost four in a row in the middle there. We’re a tough team to beat late in the season, as we’ve shown the last couple years. But we’re really tough to beat at home, especially the last three, four, five years.

“We got to get those home playoff games again. We all feel like if we get that No. 1, No. 2 seed and it’s coming through Green Bay in the playoffs, it makes it really tough on other teams.”

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