How Tom Brady’s Book Helped Aaron Rodgers Maintain His Fitness Levels

Published 07/13/2021, 3:24 PM EDT
Sep 13, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports


Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are both on the wrong side of time. Rodgers is 37 while Brady will turn 44 in August. Despite their declining age, I think every NFL fan will agree that these two quarterbacks are far from retirement.

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Well, maybe not that far, but they have a couple of years left to offer the sport of American football. And based on his displays from the 2020 NFL season, A-Rod might stick around for even longer. That is of course if his body allows him to play at the highest level.

Dec 6, 2020; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass to running back Jamaal Williams (30) against the Philadelphia Eagles during their football game Sunday, December 6, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK

Rodgers turned back the clock last season with some eye-catching displays as the Green Bay Packers made the NFC Championship game. However, they suffered a disheartening loss to eventual Super Bowl LV champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Despite a dismal end to the 2020 NFL campaign, Rodgers was voted NFL regular season MVP after throwing for 4,299 yards and 48 passing touchdowns. This was his third MVP win since joining the league as a first-round pick back in 2005.

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Aaron Rodgers credits Tom Brady and his TB12 method

Veteran NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers is hands down one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the last decade or so. The California-born veteran has thrown for 4,000+ yards in four of his last five seasons with the Packers.

A lot of his exploits on the football field stem down to his strict diet and well-planned workout routine. Rodgers has dealt with injury niggles in the past but it was 7-time Super Bowl winner, Tom Brady, who helped the former work through those issues through the TB12 diet book.

“I can’t really rely on the chips on my shoulder, whether it was actual or perceived, that motivational stuff you use. So you look for different ways to challenge yourself. For me, it’s that longevity now. We play at a high level. And 40 is an interesting number for quarterbacks. There haven’t been a lot of guys that have gotten there. Tommy [Brady] was obviously incredible last year at 40, but there aren’t a lot of guys who can do that.”

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Oct 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (right) greets Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (left) after a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“I do my own reading, and Adam’s been a fantastic resource, and obviously Tom and I are close. We’ve talked about the stuff he does. I don’t swear off nightshades like he does. But I had a lot of room to grow in that area. I love sweets and food in general, so being smart about what I was eating tied to my performance,” Rodgers said in an interview with Sports Illustrated back in 2018.

Aaron’s future in Wisconsin remains shrouded in mystery as some analysts claim he should move to a different franchise in order to win another Super Bowl. But only time will tell if he sticks around at Lambeau Field or moves away in search of a new challenge. Watch this space for more.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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