The perception of what a quarterback's career can be like in the current era has been transformed by Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.
Brady, 45, lost out to Rodgers, 38, for the final MVP award after the Buccaneers quarterback recorded one of his remarkable career's finest statistical seasons. Rodgers is coming off back-to-back MVP seasons.
Despite being in the latter stages of their careers, both quarterbacks appear to be at their best ever.
With the signing of a new deal that may keep him with the Packers until the 2026 season, when he would be 43, Rodgers also made a big commitment to the team this summer.
The idea that Rodgers could compete with Brady, who is supposedly "anticipated" to retire at the end of the season, doesn't sound absurd.
Although Rodgers hasn't set a specific end date for his career, don't bet on him to last as long as his Buccaneers rival.
“I won’t be, I’ll be doing something else,” Rodgers said of the notion of playing until 45, per the Wisconsin State Journal.
“I have a lot of other interests outside the game. Game’s been really, really good to me. I feel I’ve given my all to the game. At some point, it’ll be time to do something else, and I strongly believe that’ll be before 45.”
Rodgers left the door ajar there, but he has also dabbled in retirement in previous years before opting to rejoin the Packers under the terms of his enormous new deal.
He's committed to 2022 and will attempt to close the gap on Brady's all-time record on Sunday. Brady has defeated Rodgers three times overall, most notably in the 2020 NFC championship game at Lambeau Field on the way to winning Super Bowl LV.