Even though he’s been in the NFL for over a decade, Aaron Rodgers isn’t even close to hanging up his cleats. Not by a long shot.
Speaking with Peter King of The MMQB while at training camp, the September 2017 Men’s Fitness cover star said he could see himself playing into his forties.
“I want to play another seven, eight, nine, 10 years,” Rodgers said to King.
Rodgers spoke with King about another quarterback in the league who’s already 40—and wants to play another 10 years, too—this one by the name of Tom Brady.
Rodgers even emailed Brady on his birthday: “‘Is it just me, or does it seem like you are getting more mobile with age? You’re running around good! You weren’t doing that when you were younger!’” Rogers wrote. He also told King: “I feel the same way at practice the last couple days.”
Rodgers is one of the fittest quarterbacks in the league, keeping himself in shape with a rock-solid core workout—which he detailed for Men’s Fitness—as well as weightlifting, squats, TRX moves, and yoga. All that hard work is why Rodgers can do amazing things like toss game-winning Hail Mary touchdowns and hit his targets 60 yards away in practice:
Rodgers spoke with King about how yoga, his diet, and staying flexible has helped him stay on the field and stay healthy.
“I think I did a really good job of pairing my workout mode with better eating habits [this offseason]. Now I’ve put together a year where I’ve sustained positive eating habits, and I really notice a difference in my performance,” Rodgers told King. “I did a lot of stretching and yoga this offseason, which I have always felt has helped me to sustain my legs and my athleticism and just taking off in practice on some scrambles. Yoga is just wonderful for me. I feel like I am moving as well as I did when I was 23 and I’m 33. Stretching, for me, is amazing. Flexibility can add years to your life, and in our life, football, it adds years to your career. The way I want to play even when I am 40-plus, I want to be moving around, and making plays outside the pocket like I still am, so I have to keep up with the yoga.”
As a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and two-time NFL MVP, Rodgers knows what it takes to win and to stay in prime shape on the gridiron.
Now, let’s see if he can do it for another 10 years.