Aaron Rodgers can play to 45 years old – just like Tom Brady, claims ‘confident’ New York Jets teammate

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Quincy Williams believes that Aaron Rodgers can defy Father Time.

The New York Jets linebacker, like many NFL fans, woke up on Friday morning and read a story about the 40-year-old Rodgers saying he wants to play up to four more years before retiring.

New York Jets linebacker Quincy Williams is a big Aaron Rodgers fan

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New York Jets linebacker Quincy Williams is a big Aaron Rodgers fan

After spending the 2023 season up close with Rodgers, Williams thinks that one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history can pull off the late-career extension and have a similar ending to Tom Brady, who kept playing until he was 45 before finally walking away from the game.

“Yeah, I think he can,” Williams exclusively told talkSPORT. “For real, confidently saying that.”

Rodgers recently appeared on the Look Into It podcast and said that he hopes to extend his expected Hall of Fame career for several more seasons.

The 10-time Pro Bowler and four-time NFL MVP had a disastrous 2023 campaign, only playing four snaps for a Jets team that went 7-10 after starting the year with Super Bowl expectations.

“I got back on the practice field late in the season and couldn’t get to a top speed sprinting, but really been in a good place rehab-wise, from the start, and feeling really good,” Rodgers said. “I’m hopeful I can play two or three or four more years, but you need to have some good fortune in there, too.”

Williams spoke highly of Rodgers, praising the veteran QB for his hands-on leadership.

“The biggest thing with Aaron is he’s a people person,” said the fifth-year linebacker.

Williams enjoyed a breakout year in 2023, overcoming his team’s “roller coaster” season to earn a first-team All-Pro selection.

Williams had a career year in 2023 and believes the Jets will be much improved next season

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Williams had a career year in 2023 and believes the Jets will be much improved next season

He played in all 17 games, recording 139 combined tackles, 15 tackles for loss, two sacks, 10 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a recovery.

While the Jets struggled overall and were constantly shadowed by on and off-the-field drama, Williams believes that the team finished 2023 on the rise and can climb higher next season.

American linebacker Quincy Williams joins talkSPORT and reflects on his NFL season with the New York Jets

With Rodgers returning and a strong defense still being coached by Robert Saleh, New York could be a playoff team in 2024.

“There were some high moments, too,” Williams said. “There were high moments where we were playing good and there were low moments where we weren’t playing so good — or we were playing good but we didn’t get the results that we wanted.

“The most important thing is, I wouldn’t change who I was on that roller coaster with, as far as coaching staff. The biggest thing, as far as the adversity, there was no pointing fingers. The biggest focus was playing complimentary football. That’s what we preach, other than pointing fingers.

“We’re going to say we’re on the high of the roller coaster right now. We’re going to build off that part.”

Williams helped promote the expansion of the NFL Girls Flag league in Wimbledon

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Williams helped promote the expansion of the NFL Girls Flag league in WimbledonCredit: Getty

Rodgers hopes to ride that high for several more NFL seasons, pushing near age 45 on the field.

His Jets teammate believes that one of the game’s greatest QBs can defy time and lead New York forward in 2024.

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