The Green Bay Packers are nine years removed from one of their greatest draft picks in franchise history, the first-round selection of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the 2005 draft.
If Rodgers has his way, he'll give the franchise that drafted him nine more years.
Per Zach Heilprin of ESPN Milwaukee, Rodgers stuck to his guns Thursday night at the Wisconsin Sports Awards, confirming a recent tweet claiming he'd like to play another nine years.
Rodgers: I would like to play another nine years. As long as Mike keeps me around.
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) April 25, 2014
Rodgers tweeted this on Wednesday, the nine-year anniversary of his entrance to the NFL, with the hastag #9in9togo:
9 years ago the G & G took a chance on a 21 year old kid from Cali. It's been an amazing run, looking forward to more memories. #9in9togo
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) April 23, 2014
Nine more years would give Rodgers a final season in 2022.
Through his first nine seasons, Rodgers has thrown 188 touchdown passes over 87 starts, with 58 wins and an NFL record passer rating of 104.9. He led the Packers to the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title in February of 2011, and won the league MVP award a year later.
If Rodgers continued his yearly averages since 2008—his first year as the starting quarterback—over the next nine years, he would finish with 59,999 career passing yards and 467 touchdowns. Rodgers has averaged 3,978 passing yards and 31 touchdowns over the last six seasons, but the totals do not factor in eight games he missed to injury and one due to rest since '08.
Brett Favre retired with NFL records in passing yards (71,838) and touchdowns (508).
Rodgers, who turns 31 in December, would be 39 by the end of the 2022 season.
When he originally signed his mega deal last April, Rodgers said he could see himself playing seven or eight more years. He is currently under contract through the 2020 season.
If Rodgers plays through the 2022 season, he would be eligible for the Hall of Fame starting in 2028.
Zach Kruse is a 25-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV and is the Lead Writer for the NFC North at Bleacher Report. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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