Poll as many NFL fans as you like about the top five quarterbacks of all time. There’s a better-than-average chance that most results will include both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers is one of the finest passers in an era with more great passers than any other. Brady is known for his longevity and dominance, winning games at an incredible clip over almost two decades in the NFL.
When it comes to the length of their careers, Brady has played well into his 40s while Rodgers continues to succeed in his mid-30s. When comparing the two superstars, one question that comes to mind: will Rodgers be able to last as long as Brady?
Aaron Rodgers’ prolific overview
The Green Bay Packers drafted Rodgers in 2005. Since then he’s been one of the best in the NFL at the position. Here’s what Rodgers has accomplished during his career:
- 178 games played
- Win-loss record of 110-60-1
- Completed 64.8% of his passes
- 46,204 passing yards
- 361 touchdowns
- 82 interceptions
- One Super Bowl victory
- Two-time MVP
- Seven-time Pro-Bowl selection
- Two-time All-Pro selection
Rodgers is a few years younger than Brady, and his teams have been less successful. But when taking only passing ability into account, the two are comparable.
Tom Brady’s legendary career
The Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. It’s an understatement to call this a good pick; sixth-rounders rarely go on to become Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Here’s what Brady has accomplished in his career:
- 282 games played
- Win-loss record of 217-63
- Completion percentage of 63.9%
- 73,951 passing yards
- 536 touchdowns
- 178 interceptions
- Six Super Bowl victories
- Three-time MVP
- 14-time Pro-Bowl selection
- Three-time All-Pro selection
Will Rodgers last as long as Brady?
Brady has famously said his goal is to play until he’s 45 years old. Rodgers is currently 36. Here are a few reasons why he may compete as long, or longer, than Brady:
- Rodgers is in the midst of his 12th season as Green Bay’s starter. He’s played 16 games seven times. He hasn’t suffered many injuries during his career, though he has had several. He’s fairly durable.
- The Packers QB played sparingly the first three seasons of his career behind Brett Favre. Missing those games early in his career could help extend his shelf life, as Rodgers’ career essentially didn’t begin until he turned 25.
- Brady is showing signs of decline this season, which may make this one his last. Brady is currently 42 years old. This would mean Rodgers would have to play for only six more seasons.
One reason Rodgers may not catch Brady? His play in recent seasons has been far from perfect despite portrayals in the media. Another reason? Rodgers hinted at retirement after his recent victory over the Giants.
“[I’m] seeing the 18th hole coming up. Realizing I can’t play forever. The opportunities don’t come along all the time,” Rodgers said. “I could feel the energy of this team early in April and May. It was different feel … because I felt like we could do something special this year.”
If the Packers go on a magical run this postseason, the end of Rodgers’ career could come a lot sooner than most think.