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Talking on the Dan Patrick Show, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shared some news Tuesday that surely makes fans happy.

He wants to play until he's 40.

Rodgers told Patrick it would be a "great challenge" to play until he's 40. That's what attracts him to the idea. It's also important for Rodgers to leave the game before his talent leaves him, he said.

"I like to play a certain way, I like to move around, I like to keep plays alive with my feet, so I don't want to be a guy who is a real diminishing player at the end of my career," Rodgers told Patrick. "I'd rather walk out still knowing I can play. There's an extra bit of pride in that. So I want to be able to play the way I wanna play, and that's going to take a lot of hard work, especially in the offseason to keep up with my conditioning and my level of fitness that I have right now."

It's a new revelation. On his weekly ESPN Milwaukee radio show Tuesday, Rodgers admitted he feels like he can play longer than he initially thought.

Rodgers said he made "healthy changes" to his offseason regimen last year, including diet and how he works out. He's felt a significant difference.

"I think there's so many ways you can train yourself into staying in tip-top shape and do cutting-edge things and flexibility stuff and eating right, and there's so many kind of holistic medicine, holistic health and wellness that's now becoming more mainstream that can add years to your career."

-rwood@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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