Aaron Rodgers has long said that he hopes he’s able to finish his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, the team that drafted him in 2005 and the team for which he’s been the starting quarterback since 2008. But having had a front-row seat for his predecessor Brett Favre’s acrimonious departure from the franchise in the summer of 2008, Rodgers knows that’s in no way guaranteed, Jason Wilde of ESPN.com reports.
Nevertheless, Rodgers told Bill Simmons on HBO’s “Any Given Wednesday” that it’s important to him to finish his career in Green Bay.
“You look at two of my favorite players from my sports-watching lifetime, Derek Jeter and Kobe Bryant — and now Tim Duncan, who just retired — those are three amazing examples of guys who played the entire time [with the same team],” Rodgers told Simmons in an interview that was taped Tuesday.
“Their legacy, I think, gets made in those later years, when they’ve really proven to win championships and be at the top of their game: Derek to be one of the best shortstops of all time, one of the best Yankees of all time; Kobe, one of the best players, best Lakers of all time; and Tim, one of the best power forwards of all time.
“But later in their career, they stay with the same team, they stick it out. … I think there’s a lot to be said about finishing your legacy off the right way with one team and it’d be nice to be able to do that.”