Aaron Rodgers says ‘anything is possible’ when pressed if he is eyeing a return to the Jets this season in first interview since Achilles rupture

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Aaron Rodgers has called the 24 hours since his Achilles injury one of the toughest of his life, but he has refused to give up hope of a spectacular return – perhaps even one this season.

He has joined The Pat McAfee Show in his first media appearance since pre-Monday Night Football.

“There have been a few guys with some interesting timetables on Achilles’ return,” Rodgers said of his timetable.

When asked if he was somehow pursuing a comeback for the 2023 NFL season, Rodgers said; ‘I’m not going to accept those statements, I don’t think that’s fair to myself.’

But when the former Packers teammate asked if it was a possibility, he replied; “I think, as Kevin Garnett said, anything is possible.”

Aaron Rodgers admitted he had one of the toughest 24 hours after the injury

Jets QB Aaron Rodgers underwent surgery on his torn Achilles tendon on Wednesday in LA

Jets QB Aaron Rodgers underwent surgery on his torn Achilles tendon on Wednesday in LA

While the Jets starter was in a determined mood Friday, that was far from his reality Monday night.

“Monday was a great day to start,” Rodgers told McAfee. “Great night, running on the field with the flag, it was electric. And then it became one of the toughest 24-hour stretches I’ve had in my life.

“A lot of sadness, a lot of tears, a lot of dark frustration and angels – a whole range of emotions, but then the sun came up the next day. I found myself in LA and had surgery on Wednesday and I’ve been feeling better ever since.”

Rodgers explained that he knew immediately what happened to him on the fourth snap and removed any doubt about his return to the Jets, or at full capacity. Instead, he plans to do this for revenge.

‘What I would like to say is: give me the doubts. Give me the doubts, give me the timetables. Give me all the things you think can, should or will happen, because all I need is that one extra percent of inspiration, that’s all I need.

“Give me your doubts, give me your predictions and then see what I do.”

Rodgers did admit that his age made things a bit more complicated, but obviously rebuked suggestions that he couldn’t overcome what was in front of him.

“Just because someone has never done it a certain way doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

The quarterback suffered the injury when he was sacked by Leonard Floyd minutes into the game

The quarterback suffered the injury when he was sacked by Leonard Floyd minutes into the game

“I definitely have some odds against me based on age. But I like it. Line up all the odds against me and see what happens.”

Rodgers thought about Kobe Bryant as he sat on the training table in the back of the Jets’ locker room, and says his decision to have surgery less than 48 hours later only took so long because of the “flight logistics” going to the West Coast.

The four-time NFL MVP also took time to thank the “astronomical number” of people who reached out to him.

“That was a big help, honestly,” he told McAfee. ‘I think I shed as many tears over the support and the nice messages as I did over the sadness about what happened. So thank you very much to everyone.”

Rodgers has been researching unique methods to heal his Achilles tendon and said he is further researching the concept that the frequency created by dolphins during sex can have healing properties for the human body.

He did confirm to McAfee that Ayahuasca will not be part of his rehabilitation program.

The 39-year-old admitted earlier this week that he was ‘completely heartbroken’ after being ruled out for the season just four times in his New York career.

When Floyd sacked the four-time MVP, Rodgers’ foot became stuck in the artificial turf at MetLife Stadium and ruptured his Achilles tendon, requiring the QB to be helped off the field and then wheeled to the locker room.

Rodgers’ injury led to immediate speculation about whether the Jets would try to bring in another veteran quarterback to fill the hole left by the four-time MVP.

Instead, Jets coach Robert Saleh has made it clear that the team is putting its faith in backup and 2021 No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson as the starting quarterback.