Aaron Rodgers Joins the Jets: A Game-Changer for the 2023 Season?


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Nicole Selzer, Features Editor

The Jets haven’t reached the Super Bowl since their iconic win in 1969, and fans have been desperate for a roster change that will help the team advance. 

Football followers believe this change may have recently occurred with the acquisition of Aaron Rodgers, often referred to as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Rodgers’ tenure with his previous team, the Green Bay Packers, lasted eighteen years, from 2005 to 2022. During that time, the team won the Super Bowl once, and Rodgers himself was voted MVP four times (Sports Illustrated).

In March 2023, on Pat McAfee’s podcast, Rodgers announced, “My intention is to play for the New York Jets,” after previously being unsure of his football future following the 2022 season (Daily Mail). He even spent four days on a darkness retreat last year to reflect on the role of football in his future, ultimately deciding to pursue the Jets.

Rodgers sustained a minor calf tweak injury that worried fans, now that he is officially a member of the team, leading him to sit out of a pre-practice conditioning workout (NBC Sports). Supporters of the team are cautious not to get their hopes up for the Jets’ comeback if Rodgers fails to deliver on his end of the deal. Rodgers claimed “I don’t think it’s too serious” in an attempt to alleviate concerns (CBS Sports).

Although fans were hopeful for a victory now that such a prominent player had joined the team, they realize that this might not be their year, considering the recently released game schedules. The Jets are in for a challenging year, as they will face three of the top five teams in the league after the 2022 season, according to ESPN. These teams include the Eagles, the Bills, and the Chiefs (last year’s Super Bowl winners) (ESPN).