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By Oliver Collins
Monday night had the potential to turn a new leaf for a Jets football team that has seen its fair share of failure in the last few decades. But, a team battered by busted draft picks and lackluster coaching had finally found their duo, a successful defensive minded coach in Robert Salah and one of the great quarterbacks of all time, Aaron Rodgers.
Metlife stadium was an absolute madhouse ahead of their season opener against the Buffalo Bills. Fans were buzzing with the anticipation of seeing their new star quarterback take the field. Everything seemed to be going according to plan, until just three minutes into the game, when everything changed.
“Protection breaks down and time runs out, Rodgers goes down on the sack from Leonard Floyd. Loss of 10 on the play and the Jets are hoping that’s the only loss on that play.” Joe Buck commentates as Aaron Rodgers takes a tough, but seemingly harmless tackle in the Jets backfield. Rodgers swiftly got up, but eased to his backside after feeling a sharp pain in his lower leg. Team doctors were quick to come to his aid but the damage was done. Jets fans watched in horror as their hero was gingerly escorted to the sideline and placed on a facility cart before being taken to the locker room. Just mid way through the game, nightmare turned to reality for Jets fans as concerns on word about Rodgers came to fruition. An achilles tear. Which, for the Jets, would bench their $150 million man for the remainder of the season.
Memes and online hate were quickly spread across social media after news broke out, but Rodgers, who has endured his fair share of disheartening injuries, was quick to respond to the critics. “The night is darkest before the dawn… And I shall rise again”. It seems like the 39 year old is more than ready to take on the rehab process and return to full health for his fans, teammates, and family.
As for the Jets, they will be forced to rally around young BYU product, Zach Wilson, to carry the team and silence haters of his own.
Sources: https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2023/09/13/aaron-rodgers-jets-quarterback-breaks-silence-instagram-message-achilles-injury/70847760007/ - Aaron Rodgers quote
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bVDfY60Q4Y - Joe Buck quote
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