As he ages, the milestones are becoming more frequent for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Already this season, Rodgers has reached 25,000 passing yards and 200 touchdowns. On Sunday, he'll play his 100th game when the Miami Dolphins host the Packers.
Yes, Rodgers said, it will be a special moment.
"You realize you're getting a little older in the league when you're getting some achievement balls early in the season like this," Rodgers said.
Context and perspective come with experience. For good reason, Rodgers is pleased with his career. Then he looks at Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, and Rodgers realizes how much further there is to go.
Manning became the second quarterback in NFL history to record 500 touchdown passes Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. At 503 touchdowns, he's five shy of tying former Packers quarterback Brett Favre's career record.
With an MVP and Super Bowl ring, Rodgers has accomplished more than most quarterbacks. He realizes everything he's achieved is "dwarfed" by Manning.
"That's impressive," Rodgers said of Manning. "It's consistency over a long period of time, and staying healthy. I think that's the goal of all of us, is to have a long career and play at a high level for a long time. He helped himself out with 55 in one season, getting to that number quicker, but 500 touchdowns – him and Brett the only guys to do it.
"It's really impressive. He's been doing it for a really long time at a high level, and you have to give him a lot of credit and respect."
With no hesitation, Rodgers knew how many quarterbacks have reached the milestone up ahead. Seven have thrown 300 touchdown passes. Each is either in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, or headed there.
How long does Rodgers plan to continue playing at a high level? A couple days before his 100th game, the Packers quarterback gave some insight Wednesday.
"This is my 10th season, and I like to think I'm halfway in," Rodgers said. "Nine (seasons) in, and hopefully nine to go. It's about being consistent from this point forward, keeping my body in great shape, and playing at a high level and making the guys around me raise the level of their game, as well."
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