Tom Brady, who will turn 40-years-of-age this August, has publicly said he plans to play for six, or even seven more years. Rodgers will turn 34 in December.
While that may sound crazy, Rodges is smart to follow the path of the man who looked in prime condition this past season.
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Rodger made these claims in an interview with Fox Sports host Evan Daniels, “You look at the Super Bowl, and I’ve been a huge fan of Tom Brady for a long time and consider him one of the greatest if not the greatest quarterback of all time, and he’s doing it at 39,” Rodgers said. “The way that he takes care of his body is really a model for all quarterbacks: Young quarterbacks and quarterbacks kind of in the middle, the second half of their career, like myself, who would love to be 38, 39, 40 and be playing at a high level and be healthy and have their body where they want it at that age.”
This may be one of Rodgers’ biggest challenges as the diet of Brady is not what, well, most athletes are consuming.
According to BuzzFeed, here is just a quick rundown of what the five-time champion eats:
• “80% of what they eat is vegetables”
• No white sugar
• No white flour
• No caffeine
• No dairy
• No nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants)
• Himalayan sea salt (no table salt)
• Little fruit (“He will eat bananas in a smoothie. But otherwise, he prefers not to eat fruits.”)
• “The other 20 percent is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken. As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon.”
• Whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans
• Only organic foods
Doesn’t quite sound like a ton of fun, but it may be the key. Rodgers did, however, claim to have given up cheese.
Packers Coach, Mike McCarthy, sounds very optimistic. He told ESPN, “I mean mentally and physically, clearly yes; he has that ability,”
On ESPN’s “First Take” Rodgers had some believers, and of course, some doubters:
“That sounds disrespectful! I don’t like the way you said that.”
— First Take (@FirstTake) March 30, 2017
Will Cain does have an argument, as Rodgers’ game is more based on talent, than that of Tom Brady.
But fortunately for fans of the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers looks far from finished.
— Bobby Burack covers the Green Bay Packers and is the Managing Editor for cover32 Packers. Connect and follow on Twitter @bburack16