Nobody imagined that Aaron Rodgers would go down in his first-ever drive for the New York Jets. Fewer still envisioned the prospect of the four-time NFL MVP being forced to sit out the remainder of the season just four snaps into his debut.
NFL News: Aaron Rodgers Looking for a Miracle
Rodgers dropped a handful of nuggets during his most recent appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. One of them was in relation to the possibility of the 39-year-old returning to the field this season, despite the fact that he suffered a career-threatening Achilles tear less than a month ago.
According to Rodgers himself, he is not giving up hope that he will be able to play again this season:
“There’s nothing normal about how I’m attacking this rehab,” Rodgers said (h/t Rich Cimini of ESPN). “The common practice is about six weeks in a boot, and I was in a shoe in 13 days.
“This is just my mindset. I believe in the power of intention. I believe in prayer. I believe in your mental status and the power of will. I believe in making room for the miraculous to happen.”
Rodgers did not provide a timetable for his potential return to action. However, previous reports indicate that he could be back in time for the playoffs. Then again, if New York does not improve significantly in the immediate future, then the miracle they might need to hope for is a spot in the postseason.
Aaron Rodgers Has Odds Stacked Against Him
In spite of his optimism, though, Rodgers is well aware of the fact that he has an uphill battle ahead. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback knows that the odds are stacked against him:
“I have some things working against me,” he said. “I’m 39 years old, I’m the oldest player in the league. A lot of people have a really hard time coming back from this. However, I haven’t really paid any attention to any that stuff. I just kind of have been making my own protocols and my own timetables.”
It is clear that Rodgers isn’t letting any of this affect him. Right now, he’s just doing everything he can to give himself a shot at being able to play football again. I would not bet against him. After all, Rodgers has done it in the past. What’s stopping him from doing it again?
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