Aaron Rodgers is on a mission to defy expectations, including those set by his own body. The star quarterback for the New York Jets, who is currently sidelined due to a torn Achilles suffered in the season opener against Buffalo, has been outspoken about his aspiration to potentially return to the field in 2023.
In recent interviews, the 39-year-old signal-caller revealed that he is progressing well ahead of the initial recovery timetable, emphasizing that his rehabilitation process is far from “conventional.”
“There is common practices about six weeks in a boot, and I was in a shoe in like 13 days,” Rodgers told ESPN’s Pat McAfee on Tuesday. “Again, this is just my mindset.”
A 10-time Pro Bowler, Rodgers has adopted a mantra that reflects his determination: “Just because something has never been accomplished doesn’t mean it’s impossible.” Over the weekend, the four-time NFL MVP underscored his unwavering commitment with black and white photos on his Instagram page, captioned with, “Three weeks into the journey of recovery. #healing.”
Despite an offseason filled with Super Bowl aspirations, Rodgers and the Jets have encountered a challenging 1–3 start to the season, with quarterback Zach Wilson receiving his share of criticism.
While the healing process for such a serious injury has its limits, Rodgers remains resolute in his quest to accomplish the extraordinary.
This Sunday, Rodgers will be cheering on his teammates as they strive to break a three-game losing streak in a matchup against Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos at 4:25 p.m. ET.