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Jets' Aaron Rodgers briefly thought playing career could be over after tearing his Achilles tendon

Story by DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Pro Football Writer • 12h
Aaron Rodgers acknowledged during a podcast appearance this week he briefly thought his playing career could be over after he tore his left Achilles tendon in the New York Jets’ season opener.

“I was really thinking, ‘This is it. You don’t come back from this injury,’” the 40-year-old quarterback said during a wide-ranging 2 1/2-hour interview on the “I Can Fly” podcast, which was published Tuesday.

Rodgers, traded to the Jets last offseason after 18 years with the Green Bay Packers, was injured just four snaps into his debut with New York on Sept. 11.

“I had this incredible offseason experience in a new city, in a new town, with new teammates, a new organization, an owner for the first time, and really falling back in love with the game that I first fell in love with when I was 5 years old,” Rodgers said. “And it was absolutely beautiful and special and deep and rich and yummy, and just incredible.

“And then, one of the most heartbreaking nights of my life, when I played four plays. Talk about an ego death.”

Rodgers said he quickly began researching Kobe Bryant's surgery to repair a similar injury during his playing days with the Los Angeles Lakers and “the doomsday of, like, my career is over kind of started to go away.”

The four-time NFL MVP fought back tears while talking about his message to some of his closest friends about his recovery and rehabilitation before he flew home to California on Sept. 12.

“I said, ‘I need help,'" Rodgers recalled. "'This is going to be really, tough. I just need you all to be there for me on the tough days when I stop believing it’s possible.'"

Rodgers had surgery the next day and went through an extensive rehabilitation process that he said was helped by prayer, diet and support from friends. He insisted his goal was to return before the end of the regular season, if the Jets remained in playoff contention – while pulling off the fastest known recovery from a torn Achilles. He was cleared by doctors for some football activities in late November and said he felt good, but aborted the comeback attempt a month later with the Jets out of the postseason hunt and him not 100% recovered from the injury.

Coach Robert Saleh said last month at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Florida, that Rodgers is on track to practice when the Jets begin voluntary organized team activities next month.

Rodgers, who was considered as a running mate for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential campaign, is focused on returning to the football field.

“I’m excited about playing again,” Rodgers said. “I love playing. I fell back in love with the game and then I had it taken away after four plays. I miss being out there, I love competing. ...

“Football is my happy place. That’s where I feel most in control of my athletic ability. I missed that last year, I really, really missed it. My heart was broken. I’m excited about taking the field one more time and -- not life or death -- going to battle with my guys.”

Rodgers said “so much changed” in his life “for the better” on a personal level since he sat “heartbroken” in the Jets' locker room on Sept. 11 and "thinking my career might be over.”

“Only in that has all this beauty been able to happen in the last six months, so how can I not be grateful to the universe,” Rodgers said. “She is a beautiful teacher.”

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  • Sperm Edwards changed the title to Rodgers Thought His Career Could Be Over (AP)

Could have just signed Brissett but nooooooo Tom, you had to go all in on some of the most horrific QB wishlisting ever and now look at you, a mere eight months away from $40 mil in dead cap space, no coach, no GM, and an embarrassing little asterisk pegged onto the Pro Football Reference page of Aaron Rodgers, Malibu shut-in. 

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9 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

I loved the part where he implies John John’s plane was shot down because he was waging a shadow campaign against Hillary Clinton for a NY Congressional seat. The dude lives in parts of the internet that are turning his brain into silly putty. 

Bad, inexperienced Pilot not qualified or rated for Instrument flying has mishap flying through a storm off of the Northeastern United States coastline. 

 

What could possibly go wrong....

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Just now, Jet_Engine1 said:

Bad Pilot not qualified or rated for Instrument flying has mishap flying through a storm off of the Northeastern United States coastline. 

 

What could possibly go wrong....

I get the appeal of having a pilot’s license, but it’s like buying a motorcycle knowing that at some point you’re going to hit some gravel and eat some sh*t, except in a plane you’re eating sh*t from thousands of feet. 

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25 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

Could have just signed Brissett but nooooooo Tom, you had to go all in on some of the most horrific QB wishlisting ever and now look at you, a mere eight months away from $40 mil in dead cap space, no coach, no GM, and an embarrassing little asterisk pegged onto the Pro Football Reference page of Aaron Rodgers, Malibu shut-in. 

Tom, I heard when he went in for surgery on his Achilles the nurses vaccinated him and boosted him 4 times right in his balls for extra potency, you can stop hating on our qb now, it’s all Gucci 

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14 hours ago, T0mShane said:

I get the appeal of having a pilot’s license, but it’s like buying a motorcycle knowing that at some point you’re going to hit some gravel and eat some sh*t, except in a plane you’re eating sh*t from thousands of feet. 

The worst are the guys that build "experimental aircraft" in their garages or suddenly late in life think, "flying seems neat"....

I knew a guy that retired from a nearby FD, decided to buy a small plane and fly to the Keys to go fishing. 

RIP, Ed.

 

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6 minutes ago, Flea Flicking Frank said:

Tom, I heard when he went in for surgery on his Achilles the nurses vaccinated him and boosted him 4 times right in his balls for extra potency, you can stop hating on our qb now, it’s all Gucci 

It brings me comfort to know that, like myself, he’s now safe from all manner of sickness and disease. Bless those heroic LPNs. 

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43 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

Could have just signed Brissett but nooooooo Tom, you had to go all in on some of the most horrific QB wishlisting ever and now look at you, a mere eight months away from $40 mil in dead cap space, no coach, no GM, and an embarrassing little asterisk pegged onto the Pro Football Reference page of Aaron Rodgers, Malibu shut-in. 

I believe this is the plot of the Joker 2 movie.

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5 minutes ago, Jet_Engine1 said:

The worst are the guys that build "experimental aircraft" in their garages. I knew a guy that retired from a nearby FD, decided to build a kit plane and try to fly it to the Keys. 

 

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Did he…not make it? In the neighborhood where I grew up, a pack of dudes all went out and bought those ultralight gliders with the little motor on it and would do night flights in formation trying to make people think it was a UFO. It was cool to watch but, predictably, one of them rolled it on an approach and ended up a vegetable. That was the end of that. 

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12 minutes ago, Flea Flicking Frank said:

Tom, I heard when he went in for surgery on his Achilles the nurses vaccinated him and boosted him 4 times right in his balls for extra potency, you can stop hating on our qb now, it’s all Gucci 

So his career is over.

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Oh......by the way.....those stats?

Derrick Carr

 

from last year....minus the ongoing drama minus the noodle achilles, minus host of dog former packers, minus the worst oc in the leauge, minus 3 draft picks.

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10 hours ago, Wit said:

I refuse to fall back in love with this again. Im sure Ill be sucked in soon, but not yet. My heart cant take it. 

I'm all the way back in.  And it will only amplify during the draft and then the lead-up to the start of the season.

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3 hours ago, Beerfish said:

2025: 25 tds, 8 ints, 3900 yards, 68% completion, 97.7 pass rating

 

1 hour ago, Beerfish said:

Oh......by the way.....those stats?

Derrick Carr

 

from last year....minus the ongoing drama minus the noodle achilles, minus host of dog former packers, minus the worst oc in the leauge, minus 3 draft picks.

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19 minutes ago, TuscanyTile2 said:

I'm all the way back in.  And it will only amplify during the draft and then the lead-up to the start of the season.

4 snaps later...

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9 hours ago, Beerfish said:

Oh......by the way.....those stats?

Derrick Carr

 

from last year....minus the ongoing drama minus the noodle achilles, minus host of dog former packers, minus the worst oc in the leauge, minus 3 draft picks.

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Kansas City Royals Cap GIF by MLB

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9 hours ago, Beerfish said:

Oh......by the way.....those stats?

Derrick Carr

 

from last year....minus the ongoing drama minus the noodle achilles, minus host of dog former packers, minus the worst oc in the leauge, minus 3 draft picks.

200w.gif?cid=6c09b952bydrjb1bszqgvwrreok

Carr is a loser.

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