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Aaron Rodgers said the 24 hours following his Achilles injury were among the toughest of his life, but refused to give up hope of a dramatic comeback – perhaps even a return this season.
He joined The Pat McAfee Show in his first media appearance since pre-Monday Night Football.
“There have been guys with interesting schedules for Achilles returns,” Rodgers said of his schedule.
When asked if he was in any way targeting a return for the 2023 NFL season, Rodgers said: “I’m not going to accept any of those statements, I don’t think it’s just for me.”
But when the former Packers teammate asked him if that was a possibility, he replied: “I think, like Kevin Garnett said, anything is possible.”
Aaron Rodgers has admitted he endured one of the most trying 24 hours following his injury.
Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers underwent surgery for a torn Achilles tendon Wednesday in Los Angeles.
While the Jets starter was in a determined mood Friday, that was far from his reality Monday night.
“Monday was an amazing day to begin with,” Rodgers told McAfee. “Unbelievable night, running on the field with the flag, it was electric. And then it turned into one of the most difficult 24 hours I’ve ever experienced in my life.
“A lot of sadness, a lot of tears, a lot of dark frustration and angel – the whole range of emotions, but the sun came up the next day. I ended up in Los Angeles and had surgery on Wednesday and Since then, I have felt better.
Rodgers explained that he knew right away what happened to him on the fourth snap and dispelled any doubt about whether he would return to the Jets or at full capacity. Instead, he intends to do it with vengeance.
“What I would like to say is: give me the doubts. Give me the doubts, give me the schedules. Give me anything that you think can, should or will happen, because all I need is a little extra percent of inspiration, that’s all I have need.
“Give me your doubts, give me your predictions and then watch what I do.”
Rodgers admitted his age made things a little more complex, but he naturally rebuked suggestions he couldn’t overcome what lay ahead.
“Just because someone’s never done it a certain way doesn’t mean it’s not possible.”
The quarterback was injured and sacked by Leonard Floyd minutes into the game.
“I definitely have the odds against me based on my age. But I love this. Put the odds in your favor and see what happens.
Rodgers thought about Kobe Bryant while sitting on the training table in the back of the Jets locker room, and said his decision to have surgery less than 48 hours later was only so long because of “flight logistics” to get to the West Coast.
The four-time NFL MVP also took time to thank the “astronomical number” of people who reached out to him.
“Honestly, it’s been a big help,” he told McAfee. “I think I shed as many tears over the support and the kind messages as I did over the sadness of what happened. So, a big thank you to everyone.
Rodgers researched unique methodologies to heal his Achilles and mentioned that he was delving into the concept that the frequency created by dolphins during sex can have healing properties for the human body.
He confirmed to McAfee that Ayahuasca would not be part of his rehabilitation program.
The 39-year-old admitted earlier this week that he was “completely heartbroken” after being ruled out of the season just four times in his New York career.
As Floyd sacked the four-time MVP, Rodgers’ foot got stuck in the artificial turf at MetLife Stadium and his Achilles broke — requiring the QB to be helped off the field and then carried to the locker room.
Rodgers’ injury immediately sparked speculation about whether the Jets would look to bring in another veteran quarterback to fill the void left by the four-time MVP.
Instead, Jets coach Robert Saleh made it clear the team has confidence in backup and 2021 second overall pick Zach Wilson as the starting quarterback.