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Cheese Curds, 12/5: Aaron Rodgers discusses career trajectory & Packers’ identity

The identity Rodgers sees isn’t a scheme or a play or a game plan — it’s an attitude.

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Aaron Rodgers won’t play forever.

Despite what many Green Bay Packers fans might want, Rodgers’ career will come to a close at some point. And while that time may still be several years away, there is a finality to Rodgers’ playing days that the Packers organization — and their fans — have to accept.

Of course, Rodgers needs to accept that at some point too, and he’s certainly not ready to say that he’s at the end. But in an interview this week, the Packers’ quarterback discussed his approach to the back portion of his career and how that affects his approach in the present.

One thing that Rodgers is hoping to do is to maximize every year and every game, and to make every remaining moment count. Perhaps that is why he seems to genuinely excited about the Packers’ 2019 team and the attitude shift that he has observed. It led to him traveling less this summer and spending more time around the team, and he sees that attitude as being this team’s identity this year.

We’ll take a spin through Rodgers’ comments and much more in today’s curds.

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