The guy who was almost traded for Brett Favre, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Wisconsin boy and CBS analyst, Tony Romo holds Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in pretty high regard.
Although Rodgers said he was in the back nine of his career earlier this week, Romo isn’t so sure.
“I think Aaron is one of those guys who is uniquely talented. Special player in our league for a long time. He can go as long as he wants to,” Romo said. “If he stays injury-free, he may be in his eyes on the back nine, but as long as he wants to continue to take hits, he’ll be able to play until he’s 45.”
That’s a nice thought, but not a lot of guys have played QB at or near that age. Most of the guys who stuck around into their 40s served as backups. The only QB we can recall to surpass 45 was George Blanda, who went until he was 48. The caveat with Blanda is he was really just a kicker after age 39.
His nine-year career with Oakland, where he finished out the run, consisted of just 235 pass attempts. That’s about 26 passes a year.
If Rodgers goes to 45 and does it as a starter, he’ll be in probably his own (and maybe Tom Brady’s) company.