Some NFL players like to do a little traveling in the offseason; others like to challenge themselves to try something new. Still others are content to focus on their craft and simply work at getting better.
Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, has done all of that and more this offseason.
Speaking with Peter King at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, the Green Bay Packers starting quarterback talked about his busy offseason, his desire to play his entire career in Green Bay and to have said career last at least until the age of 40.
“I’d love to play to 40,” he said. “I just think that number means a lot. Obviously, Tom [Brady] is kind of rewriting the book. Brett [Favre] had a good season when he turned 40. My goal is be able to move like I do or close to how I do and still be able to do that at 40 … just because nobody’s been able to do that and still move around the same. Steve Young’s career was cut short in his late thirties. John [Elway], the same—he didn’t really move the same as when he was younger. So to be able to move the same way at 38, 39, 40 would be cool. That’s my aim.”
King asked about the hit in Minnesota that, for all intents and purposes, ended the Packers season last year. Specifically, King asks Rodgers if he has anything against Anthony Barr.
“I mean, I think it’s time to move on for everybody," Rodgers said. "I had looked over just to see if maybe there was gonna be a thumbs up, or hey you OK? Or whatever. It’s a league where you appreciate what we put our bodies through. I thought … knowing that I wouldn’t be on the ground unless it was a significant injury then maybe he’d be looking over, giving me a thumbs-up-you-OK? Or something. But it wasn’t the case. We had some words exchanged on both sides.”
Oh, and Rodgers revealed he came face to face with a shark. No big deal.
“The only reason I wanted to do the shark thing,” Rodgers said, “is I have two main fears: sharks and heights. I’m not gonna jump out of a plane. But sharks, I don’t know. I watched 'Jaws' when I was a kid and always felt like they’re in the water, out in the ocean water, and one’s got my name on its back and it’s gonna munch on me."
"I wanted to conquer that fear," Rodgers continued, "because I love the water. I love paddle-boarding. So they [the Discovery Channel] came to me and my agent and I said, ‘Yes. A hundred percent yes. I want to do it.’ They got Gronk too, and Lindsay Vonn. It was in the Pacific, outside San Diego. There’s a big continental shelf that drops off and the depth goes to thousands of feet. There’s an upswelling of water and there’s a bunch of predators there. So we went out to that spot. They found this blue shark and got me in the water, nose to nose. It’s crazy.”