- Rodgers suffered a torn Achilles tendon just four games into his debut with the New York Jets
- Zach Wilson was confirmed as the team’s starting QB following his injury.
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ESPN’s Pat McAfee said his friend and injured New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers “is just as devastated as the rest of us” after an injury ended his NFL season.
Over the past 24 hours, Rodgers has become the owner of perhaps the most popular torn Achilles in the world following the unfortunate injury he suffered just four times in his Jets debut against the Bills in Buffalo.
“I haven’t spoken to him since his injury, but I have spoken to people in his very inner circle,” McAfee said Tuesday during an appearance on First Take with Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe. “The way he is is just as devastated as the rest of us obviously.
“The amount he’s invested in this season, you heard Alex Smith talk about it last night on Monday Night Countdown because he’s been friends with him for so long,” McAfee continued.
“It’s the best shape he’s been in, the most energetic he’s been in, he felt like he had a real… I don’t want to talk about clout or influence, but I ‘I really had a say in what was going on in the New York Jets organization which was something he had aspired to for a long time….’
Pat McAfee (left) said Aaron Rodgers “is just as devastated as the rest of us” after his injury.
Rodgers suffered a torn left Achilles just four games into his debut with the New York Jets
Following news of Rodgers’ injury, the Jets confirmed that Zach Wilson would be the starting QB.
“We watch Hard Knocks, he changes the game and does his thing. It’s like he does all this and four plays happen and then it’s over, he sees it as a sign from the Universe. I think it’s a really terrible way to end your NFL career.
While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Jets head coach Robert Saleh not only insisted that Zach Wilson would be the starting QB, but also sternly stated, “I don’t know why people are trying to put an obituary under our name. ‘
Wilson was the Jets’ starter for the past few years, but was demoted to backup after a dreadful season that led to New York trading for Rodgers in NFL summer history.
The plan for the 2021 No. 2 pick was to learn from Rodgers this season, but that plan quickly eroded when a firing of Bills DE Leonard Floyd quickly changed the course of Jets history.
McAfee went on to say that if Rodgers engaged in the grueling rehabilitation required to return to play after suffering the torn Achilles, he would have a new level of respect and appreciation for the work ethic and commitment of QB, almost 40 years old. Gambling.
It’s also worth noting that Rodgers and McAfee are both good friends and the relationship between the two has led to Rodgers constantly appearing on McAfee’s show.
It was also recently confirmed that Rodgers still planned to appear in his usual Tuesday slot on the show following McAfee’s ESPN debut, although for obvious reasons he did not appear this week.