In modern sports, stars only rarely spend their entire careers with a single team. Even legends like Michael Jordan, a player forever linked with the Chicago Bulls, finished his final years in a Washington Wizards uniform. Cases like the recently retired Derek Jeter, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant have become the exception, not the rule.
And Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hopes to follow in their footsteps.
Rodgers appeared on Bill Simmons' new HBO show Any Given Wednesday this week to discuss a number of topics, including his desire to suit up only for the Packers. That may not seem like a wild idea, but neither did Brett Favre donning a New York Jets or Minnesota Vikings jersey at the same stage in his career. Rodgers says he values loyalty, and says he thinks he can "stick it out" with Green Bay. At least for now, the team has given no indication that they wish to see it play out any differently.
In addition to discussing the future of his career, Rodgers waded into the often murky waters of the NFL's ongoing concussion crisis. According to the quarterback, players still require a paradigm shift as it relates to self-monitoring head trauma. It may take more time before such a sweeping change takes root, but the adjustment has begun in all contact sports, not just football.
That former Packers assistant coach Kevin Greene relates to linebacker Clay Matthews shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone paying attention. Greene spent the majority of his time in Green Bay tutoring Matthews and the team's other edge rushers, leading to some of the most unforgettable moments in franchise history.
It's no coincidence that the two teams with the longest active streaks of playoff appearances lead the field again in 2016. The Packers certainly have more competition for the NFC North this year than in the past, but they remain the favorite to take home the division regardless.
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