From the Green Bay Packers’ new quarterback Jordan to the New York Jets’ now-starter Zach Wilson, Aaron Rodgers has never failed to boost the confidence level of young stars in the league. Not just the players in his position, the signal-caller has proven himself to be a power source of energy everywhere he goes.
While the Jets are in quest of the playoffs with a 1-2 mark this season, Rodgers is set to miss the entire season due to the injury he sustained in Week 1. Despite being absent from the field, A-Rod managed to provide them with the motivation and belief necessary to pull off an upset by delivering some inspiring words ahead of their next clash against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rodgers delivers a powerful message to the Jets
In what must be labeled as a defining moment of camaraderie, Rodgers was part of the Jets team meeting in a New Jersey hotel on Saturday night, per The Athletic’s Dianna Russini.
In their recent loss against the New England Patriots, some of the Jets players were involved in a brawl with the team’s coaching staff. The 39-year-old star has already called out the players to be united on the field and put all the attention on their performances only. In Saturday’s team meeting, he once again urged his fellow teammates to exercise unity while saying, “Stop pointing fingers.”
The 10-time Pro Bowler is now taking his time in California to recover from Achilles surgery on his foot, but he managed to reduce the distance with the team by conducting meetings via FaceTime. Several Jets players said the QB has reached out to them recently via text or FaceTime to check on them. He is also expected to appear in the stadium when Big Apple meets Patrick Mahomes’ squad on Sunday night.
Fans cheer Aaron Rodgers’ impact
The team’s head coach, Robert Saleh, earlier revealed how thoroughly timable the dual-threat’s earlier messages were. Not just him, but NFL fans and analysts took to social media to discuss the impact of the vet’s leadership on the squad.
Rich Eisen of NFL Network shared his thoughts about A-Rod’s impact on the team’s current conditions, saying if the four-time MVP can manage to motivate his backup to beat the defending champion and ensure a playoff run, he would surely deserve another MVP title.
“If Rodgers calms the storm and helps Zach play better to not only beat the Chiefs but completely right the playoff ship, he deserves his 5th MVP.”
If Rodgers calms the storm and helps Zach play better to not only beat the Chiefs but completely right the playoff ship, he deserves his 5th MVP. https://t.co/NiQriSWFX6— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) October 1, 2023
Wilson has failed to prove his caliber to be a long-term starter after taking over the starting spot. Meanwhile, without being on the field, Aaron is serving like a team captain by constantly energizing his teammates, and netizens think he is having more impact on the team than their current QB1.
A fan wrote: “They probably want him to play QB in a wheelchair instead of Zach Wilson.”
They probably want him to play QB in a wheelchair instead of Zach Wilson— Michael Figueroa (@Mikefiggs) October 1, 2023
The timing of Aaron’s message could not have been more perfect, as it came at a crucial point in New York’s season as they are having uncertainty on the offensive side of the ball, as also the recent off-field dramas.
A netizen wrote, “We need this. I don’t care how much the team loses by, stop being spoiled selfish babies on the sidelines ! Grown men should act like adults at all times , grow up and settle shit on the field instead of the sidelines. Enough with this Gen Z bullshit !!”
Gang Green, a team that has been yearning for success and a Super Bowl appearance for decades, seemed to be at a crossroads before the ex-Packers vet’s arrival. Though Rodgers will not be able to end their Super Bowl drought this year, his constant motivation has instilled a newfound sense of confidence within the team.
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