This past offseason, all of the talk was surrounding the New York Jets, as former Green Bay Packers quarterback and future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers was gearing up to play his first season in New York.
However, all of the hype came crashing down on the fourth play of the game in the Jets opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, after Rodgers went down with a “season ending” Achilles tendon injury, one of the worst injuries you can possibly get in the sport.
But, notice the quotes around “season ending” …
Rodgers made an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show to discuss the injury, along with the recovery process, and he sent out this one message to all the haters:
“I think what I’d like to say is give me the doubts. Give me the doubts, give me the media, the timetables, all the things that you think can should or will happen, because all I need is that one little extra percent of inspiration.
That’s all I need. So give me your… doubts, give me your prognostications, and then watch what I’ll do.”
“I’m not gonna make any of those statements. I don’t feel like that’s fair to myself… I think as Kevin Garnett said, ‘anything is possible.’ …
But yeah, I’m gonna try and push this thing as much as it’ll allow me to, and there’s markers I’ve got to see where I’m at in a week, two weeks, and a month, two months, and then we’ll see what the conversation is from there.
Stack all the odds against me and see what happens.”
At the time, it sounded like just a really cool idea, considering the actual chances of returning in the same season after tearing your Achilles is slim to none.
However, Rodgers defied all odds this past weekend, as he was spotted walking and throwing footballs before the Jets’ game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Aaron Rodgers ISN’T HUMAN. He is already walking without crutches AND throwing after tearing his Achilles about 5 weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/pm9HkCWbwB