NFL News: Aaron Rodgers said ahead of the New York Jets’ trip to Canton for Thursday’s Hall of Fame game that his Hall of Fame induction isn’t going to happen anytime soon. The former Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback said that this is going to be eight or nine years down the line, which means that he intends to play on for four or five more years. Players are only eligible for the Hall five years after retirement.
NFL News: Aaron Rodgers Cherished Recent Trip to Hall of Fame
Despite his recent comments, however, Rodgers still soaked it all up when he stepped into the Hall on Thursday. He didn’t suit up for the game either, so he had even more time to really cherish his most recent Canton trip ahead of this weekend’s Hall of Fame festivities.
During NBC’s broadcast of the game, the four-time MVP was asked if it crossed his mind that his own bust would someday be placed alongside all the great players that came before him. Rodgers responded affirmatively:
“It did. Yeah, it did,” Rodgers told Mike Tirico (h/t PFT). “I’ve been a fan of the league since I had a memory and there’s been so many incredible players that I’ve played against that are in the Hall. Tonight, DeMarcus Ware, Ronde Barber, Darrelle Revis, played against all three of those guys. That’s what happens when you’ve been around as long as I have. But it’s a special place, so much great history.”
NFL News: Aaron Rodgers Shouts Out Packers in Discussing Hall of Fame Journey
Apart from being one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever pick up a football, Aaron Rodgers is also a huge fan of the game. This is exactly why it’s extra special for him whenever he gets a chance to step foot in the Hall:
“I’ve said this before: I grew up wearing out this old VHS tape of Super Bowl highlights, so I’ve been in love with the game since as long as I can remember, and this is always what I wanted to do,” Rodgers said. “So, to be able to still be doing it, and to have this fun, new opportunity here and to have 18 great years in Green Bay with such a storied franchise and then to have one day have that at the end of the road is going to be pretty special.”
Packers fans will note the special mention here from their ex-superstar, but the wounds are still probably too fresh from his unceremonious summer exit. Either way, though, Rodgers is still a Green Bay legend whichever way you look at it.
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