- Aaron Rodgers has been injured since an Achilles tear four snaps into his debut
- ‘He loves his teammates, and his teammates love him,’ coach Robert Saleh said
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Aaron Rodgers has been voted by teammates as the Jets’ most inspirational player for the 2023 season – despite the quarterback’s campaign lasting just four snaps.
‘I’ve said it a million times: He loves his teammates, and his teammates love him,’ head coach Robert Saleh said. ‘He’s a tremendous human. He’s really well deserving of this award.’
Rodgers has loomed large over the Jets’ season even after he tore his Achilles just minutes into his debut against the Buffalo Bills on September 11.
It was hoped his arrival would prove a catalyst for New York to end their wait for a playoff run. His absence was then considered a decisive factor in the Jets’ disappointing season.
Rodgers never gave up hope of defying medical expectations and returning from surgery before the end of the campaign.
Aaron Rodgers has been voted by teammates as the Jets’ most inspirational player for 2023
The quarterback tore his Achilles minutes into his debut against the Buffalo Bills in September
He was back in practice after only 11 weeks – well ahead of a typical schedule – but the Jets’ failure to make the postseason put paid to his hopes of playing again in 2023.
‘It’s inspiring, man,’ left tackle Duane Brown said, per ESPN. ‘That’s one of the most difficult injuries to come back from.
‘To see his recovery, even without being on the field, has been remarkable. And the attitude he has – I’m sure the day-to-day isn’t easy, but he doesn’t complain about it.
‘He keeps everything light and the mood light. He has fun out there. He’s just very youthful in his approach. Like I said, it’s inspiring, it’s motivating, and it’s unprecedented.’
‘He’s a tremendous human. He’s really well deserving of this award,’ coach Robert Saleh said
Rodgers completed much of his rehab away from the team, working back to health in California. But the four-time MVP was still on the sidelines for many of New York’s games.
‘He’s so intentional with how he approaches everybody in the building. He’s very thoughtful in the way he does things,’ added Saleh, whose side head to the Patriots on Sunday for the final game of a 6-10 season.
Rodgers has, however, continued to attract headlines during his recovery. Earlier this week, the quarterback joked that late-night host Jimmy Kimmel could be on the list of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s associates.
ABC star Kimmel threatened to sue the four-time NFL MVP, branding him an ‘a**hole’ and accusing him of putting his family in danger. The pair have had beef since 2021.