THE RODGERS FILE
Team: New York Jets
Birthday: 12/2/1983, 39 years old
40-Yard Dash: 4.71 seconds (in 2005)
Draft: First round, 24th pick, 2005
Contract: Signed a 3-year contract worth $150.8 million, $101.5 million guaranteed, 2022
WAG: Linked to Mallory Edens, daughter of Milwaukee Bucks owner Wes Edens.
Super Bowl XLV MVP
Super Bowl Champion XLV
4x NFL MVP
NFL Passing Rating Leader, 2011, 2012, 2020, 2021
Associated Press Athlete of the Year, 2011
Single Season Passer Rating record, 122.5, 2011
Career Touchdown to Interception Ratio Leader, 4.52
OUT OF THE DARKNESS, CAN RODGERS LEAD THE JETS OUT OF THEIR FOG
How’s 1969 for a momentous year?
The Mets stunned the Orioles for their first World Series championship. The Knicks began the season that would culminate in the franchise’s first NBA championship.
And Joe Namath, not only guaranteed a Super Bowl victory, but delivered one as the Jets, 19.5 underdogs, gave the AFC credibility by upsetting the Baltimore Colts, who now call Indianapolis home.
The Mets would win another World Series in 1986. The Knicks would another NBA title in 1973. The Jets? Jets have never played in another Super Bowl.
That kind of drought motivates a team owner, Woody Johnson, GM, Joe Douglas, and coach, Robert Saleh, to fly cross country and woo a wonderfully talented quarterback, albeit absolutely bizarre human being named Aaron Rodgers to come to New York.
After 18 seasons in Green Bay, 15 as the starter and one as Super Bowl champion, Rodgers is taking on the role of Super Bowl Savior. The Jets believe they are one franchise quarterback away from winning that second Lombardi Trophy.
Enter Rodgers, the most efficient and accurate QB of all time and one of the most perplexing sports figures to don an NFL jersey. I mean, where do we start?
Was it when he declared himself immunized for COVId-19, insinuating that he had been vaccinated, which he had not been? Was it when he acknowledged having used psychedelic drugs which he credited for the “best season” of his career and helped him “unconditionally love himself?” Was it when he turned up at training camp last season looking like a doppelganger for Cameron Poe in the movie Con Air?
Or was it the contract extension he signed in 2022 that guarantees him $59.465 million this season, certainly impacting his future and the of the Packers and Jets? Johnson said he is willing to spend on a franchise quarterback but what about the cost the Jets will pay fitting Rodgers into their cap?
Of course, if the Jets win that Super Bowl, no one will fret about cap space or Cameron Poe jokes.