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Jets QB Aaron Rodgers using doubters to fuel his motivation to return

After an NFL offseason filled with optimism and high expectations following the acquisition of superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the worst-case scenario happened for the New York Jets right out of the gate in Week 1, with the four-time NFL MVP going down with a season-ending injury.

In Rodgers’ first official series as the Jets starting quarterback, the veteran went down with a torn Achilles tendon. The injury is expected to sideline him for the rest of the 2023 NFL season. This was a devastating blow to say the least, as the team will have to turn back to Zach Wilson. As a result, there is no telling how things will pan out for the rest of the 2023 campaign.


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This is also a crossroads moment for Rodgers, who will turn 40 in December. It is no easy task for players to recover from this injury and continue playing at a high level. However, he is determined to do so and is letting his doubters fuel his motivation moving forward via ESPN.

“Give me the doubts, give me the timetables, give me all the things that you think can, should or will happen, because all I need is that one little extra percent of inspiration,” he said on “The Pat McAfee Show” — his first public comments since the injury.

“That’s all I need. So, give me your doubts, give me your prognostications and then watch what I do.”

Only time will tell if Rodgers can get back on the field and play at an MVP level like he’s accustomed to, as the odds are against him from here on out.

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Although the odds aren’t great that he’s able to bounce back from this injury, Rodgers has the right mindset moving forward, which is a promising sign for him and the Jets.

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