Fans in New York can breathe a sigh of relief. Aaron Rodgers appears to be okay after a bit of a slight scare.
‘Concern’ might be a better word to describe the situation, as there appeared to be no fear after the QB went to the sidelines during the Jets’ first day of organized team activities. What was initially thought by observers as an injured ankle turned out to be just a slightly strained calf muscle.
According to the new guy in New York, he’s fine and just took the rest of the day off as a precaution.
Aaron Rodgers hadn't used medicine balls or sleds to warm up for practice during 18 years in Green Bay. He might never do so again, after injuring his calf during "pre-practice conditioning" on Tuesday. https://t.co/oQeaQKR0qj
“I just tweaked my calf in the little pre-practice conditioning,” Aaron Rodgers told reporters following the OTA session. “Take it by day. I don’t think it’s too serious.”
A lot is riding on a healthy Aaron Rodgers in The Big Apple in 2023, as he comes over to the Jets following an iconic tenure in Green Bay. The four-time MVP has many fans in New York thinking that it’s Super Bowl or bust, now that they have the 39-year-old superstar under center.
The Jets traded for Rodgers, the No. 15 pick in the ’23 draft, and a ’23 fifth-round pick (No. 170) to the Packers in exchange for the No. 13 pick, a ’23 second-round pick (No. 42), a ’23 sixth-round pick (No. 207), and a conditional 2024 second-rounder.
It was a breath of fresh air for both sides. The Pack was ready to turn the page and hand the offense over to Jordan Love. And for his part, Aaron Rodgers wanted out of Green Bay and had made it known that The City That Never Sleeps was his target destination.
Now, he’s ready to bring the franchise their first league title since Jets legend Joe Namath led them to victory in Super Bowl III:
“Every day I wake up, excited about coming to the facility. I have an excitement about coming down #Jets Drive. Every day there’s been something that’s been a special sign or cool moment that reminds me I’m in the right place.”- Aaron Rodgers pic.twitter.com/0hPUoXbOua
Rodgers infamously entered the NFL by falling out of the top ten in the 2005 Draft, despite being viewed as a potential franchise QB. Following a junior year at Cal that saw him throwing for 2,320 yards and 24 touchdowns, the Packers selected him 24th overall.
He served as the backup for Hall of Famer Brett Favre for his first three seasons before assuming the starting position. He would go on to topple many of Favre’s Packers records before following in his footsteps to New York Jersey.