The New York Jets managed to pull out a remarkable victory Monday night despite their star quarterback being injured — much to the dismay of Packers fans at a Wisconsin bar expecting free drinks.
Hundreds of NFL fans enjoyed drinks at Jack’s American Pub in east Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the bar ran a promotion to offer free bar tabs if the Jets lost.
The crowd erupted into loud cheers after former Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured minutes after his Jets debut. Although fans said on CBS 58 that they weren’t personally against Rodgers, they paid the maximum, expecting a loss at MetLife Stadium to pay their drink bills that night – a dream that never came true.
Xavier Gipson clinched the overtime victory with a 65-yard punt return touchdown that threw MetLife Stadium into pandemonium, as fans at Jack’s American Pub had just realized their bar tabs were due.
Fans appeared in shock and disbelief after Gipson’s long touchdown dashed their hopes of getting free drinks.
The crowd erupted into loud cheers in hopes of receiving free drinks after Aaron Rodgers was injured minutes into his Jets debut.
The crowd seemed in shock and disbelief after Gipson’s long touchdown run, which dashed their hopes of getting free drinks.
A Wisconsin bar offered free drinks if the Jets lost
“I’m not necessarily opposed to Rodgers, but tonight I’m more thinking with my wallet,” Michael Steggeman, wearing a Green Bay Packers shirt, told a local reporter at the bar. The caption reads: “hoping for free drinks.”
As Bills linebacker Leonard Floyd sacked the former Packer on his first practice in his Jets debut, Jack’s American Pub filled with cheers.
When he was sacked by Leonard Floyd of the Buffalo Bills on the fourth snap, the crowd cheered again and even louder.
It seemed like a certain victory for the Bills and free drinks for the patrons at that point. However, when Gipson danced down the sideline for a game-winning 65-yard punt return touchdown, the bar was filled with ultimate disappointment.
The Jets confirmed Tuesday that their 39-year-old quarterback suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his left ankle Monday night, just four games into his career with the Jets.
Aaron Rodgers suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his left ankle Monday night, just four games into his career with the Jets.
Bills linebacker Leonard Floyd sacked the former Packer on his first drive in his Jets debut.
Rodgers remains under contract with the Jets for next season as part of his restructured, two-year, $75 million deal with the team in July.
His first season with the New York Jets is officially over.
Rodgers remains under contract with the Jets for next season. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that there are fears his Hall of Fame career may be over.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh expressed fears of a season-ending injury following New York’s stunning overtime win over the visiting Buffalo Bills on Monday night: “It’s not good “.
Rodgers agreed to a restructured, two-year, $75 million deal with the Jets in July. Prior to that decision, he had spent more than 17 years playing for the Packers, the team where he won his only Super Bowl.
Rodgers was told the Packers were leaning toward moving him, even though he was told “the door was wide open” if he wanted to return to Green Bay in March.
“It was clear to me at that point that even though the Packers were going to say the right thing publicly, they were ready to move on,” Rodgers said on Pat McAfee’s podcast.
Rodgers stressed that he doesn’t feel like a victim, but expressed regret that the Packers didn’t tell him about it after the Packers finished their disappointing 8-9 season in January.
Jets coach Robert Saleh said, “As far as his Achilles tendon goes, the MRI is probably going to confirm what we already think is happening, but it’s not good.”
Saleh’s fears came true Tuesday and the team will now prepare to continue the season with 24-year-old Zach Wilson at quarterback.
A former BYU star and second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, it was Wilson’s struggles over the past two seasons that led the Jets to acquire Rodgers in a blockbuster trade last April.
New York didn’t give up too much to get Green Bay’s four-time MVP. Due to his injury, he will not play 65 percent of the Jets’ offensive snaps this season, meaning New York will only give up a second-round pick to Green Bay in the 2024 draft and not a first-round pick. round, according to the terms of trade.