On Monday, September 11, fans from as south as Cape May and as north as Buffalo piled into MetLife Stadium as Aaron Rodgers prepared to make his debut in the Big Apple. With Rodgers at the helm, fans of the green and white were certain that the Super Bowl champion would too lead their team to the promised land. While the Jets were able to pull out a thrilling victory against the defending AFC East Champions, fans across New Jersey and the five boroughs left the stadium leaving anything but ecstatic.
Less than five minutes into the team’s season-opening showdown with the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets Quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered an ankle injury. Initially, fans hoped the apparent injury was nothing more than a high ankle sprain. Severe in nature, a high ankle injury is something that many athletes are able to rebound from with the gifts of modern medicine. Unfortunately, those hopes turned to season-ending obituaries as further examination showed that Rodgers did, in fact, tear his Achilles.
Two days after receiving the devastating news, the former Green Bay Packers star attempted to cheer fans up with a heartfelt Instagram post. Keeping a sense of optimism, the former NFL MVP said that he is “completely heartbroken,” but is certain that he’ll “rise yet again.”
“Thank you to every person [who] has reached out, called, texted, DM’d, connected through a friend, etc. It has meant a ton to me, and I’ll try and get back to all of you soon,” Rodgers wrote.
“I’m completely heartbroken and moving through all of the emotions, but deeply touched and humbled by the support and love. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I begin the healing process today. The night is darkest before the dawn. And I shall rise yet again.”