GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Summer vacations aren’t what they used to be for Aaron Rodgers.
Yes, the Green Bay Packers quarterback still plans to play a little golf -- he’s in the American Century Celebrity Championship on the shores of Lake Tahoe in July once again -- and he plans to travel a little bit.
But at age 33, he said he approaches the time between the end of the offseason program, which wraps up next week, and the start of training camp July 26 a little differently than he did when he was younger.
“I’ll be in the gym a lot in the morning and just getting after it and getting ready to get amped up,” Rodgers said Tuesday during the final week of OTAs. “As you get older, the summer is less of a vacation and more of a training period by yourself away from the team. It’s exciting for me. I felt like I’ve been really getting better as far as my conditioning every single season as I get older. Now it’s tougher -- you really have to dedicate more time, especially in the off time, to stay in great shape. But eating healthy doesn’t hurt, either.”
It’s part of Rodgers’ plan to extend his career well into his 30s and perhaps even into his 40s.
It’s a plan that started in earnest last offseason, when he revamped his diet, cut weight and became leaner. He said he came back to Green Bay this April under 220 pounds.
“I would like play between 218 and 220,” Rodgers said last year. “I think that's how I can extend my career, if I can eat a little bit better. Because it carries over not just in the offseason, but what you're eating the night before the game and what you're eating in the morning and the afternoon -- if it's a night game -- just how that it affects your performance."
Rodgers finished last season on one of the best stretches of his career. After a shaky start that carried over from 2015, Rodgers had a 10-game run, including playoffs, that was among the finest in his career. He threw 27 touchdown passes and only two interceptions while leading the Packers to an 8-2 mark in those 10 games.
It coincided with Rodgers’ comment that he thought the Packers could “run the table” even though they were stuck at 4-6 and on a four-game losing streak.
“Well, I think you guys asked me this [last] year too, right, if it could carry over?” Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said. “Every year is new. We’d like to say yeah, it should, but we were 4-6 at one point and we weren’t playing very well and he had a heck of a stretch down the [end of the] season.
“So nothing is guaranteed, every year is different. But you would like to think [so], that we’d like to keep it rolling. But it’s NFL football. Like I said, every year is different, every team is different. Different parts to it, different players, different scheme, maybe additions here or there, but I think I feel pretty good about where he is and where he’ll start off the season.”