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Packers’ McCarthy believes Rodgers can play as long as Brady

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Tom Brady isn’t the only quarterback that should be able to play well into his 40s.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy believes his quarterback, Aaron Rodgers’ athletic ability, particularly in his legs, can add another decade of longevity to his career.

“I mean mentally and physically, clearly yes; he has that ability,” McCarthy said via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “I think there’s no question there. But I think all positions in football are the same. It’s their legs. You watch a player — and it’s no different with quarterbacks — as long as they have their legs, they can compete at that level.”

Rodgers, 33, first indicated last offseason that he started to think of ways to maximize his longevity. That’s when he revamped his diet to, among other things, eliminate cheese and other dairy products. He also said he’s used Brady as a model for the way he eats and trains.

McCarthy doesn’t see any reason why Brady can’t keep going.

“I think you can only go by what’s on film and based on his last game, he will accomplish that,” McCarthy said. “I would bet on that. But there’s a lot of factors that go into that. I think you have to give these athletes an incredible amount of credit what they’re doing. With the rest and recovery and nutrition, I think you’re now seeing the decade of what it’s provided. It’s provided for guys to play longer, especially at that position.”

While some players have been retiring early due to long-term health concerns, McCarthy said he believes players have the chance now to play longer than ever due to increased knowledge about nutrition and training.

“If you do have good fortune and good healthy and you’re able to keep playing at a high level, I think these guys will play a lot longer than the generation before them,” McCarthy said.

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