Aaron Rodgers respects Packers ‘future outlook’, has sincere desire to play into 40s

In his first public comments since the Packers traded up to draft Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL draft, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Friday he definitely wasn’t expecting the selection, but that it doesn’t change the confidence he has in himself.

“I think the general reaction at first was surprise, like many people,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, I’m not going to say I was thrilled by the pick necessarily, but I understand the organization is thinking not only about the present, but the future, and I respect that.

“As much as I understand the organization’s future outlook and wanting to make sure they’re thinking about the team now and down the line, and I respect that, at the same time, I still believe in myself. I have a strong desire to play into my 40s, and I’m just not sure how all that works together at this point.”

Rodgers added that last season his body felt “amazing,” and that the current coronavirus-affected offseason is allowing him to keep his body in ideal shape to keep playing into his 40s.

Rodgers is under contract with the Packers for the next four years.