READ: Aaron Rodgers Shares Lengthy, Heartfelt Farewell To Green Bay

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After finally being traded to the New York Jets earlier this week, future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers has posted a lengthy goodbye to the Green Bay Packers organization and community.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday night, Rodgers said: “This is not the end for us, I will see you again Green Bay, you’ll always have my heart”

Rodgers — who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers as the 24th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft — was shipped to the Jets in exchange for New York’s 2023 first-round pick, a 2023 second-round pick, a 2023 sixth-round pick, and a conditional 2024 second-round pick that will become a first if the 39-year-old plays 65% of the plays this season.

As a result of the Aaron Rodgers trade, that perpetually disappointing Jets are now one of the betting favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl, as the only teams with current odds shorter than theirs are the Chiefs, Eagles, 49ers, Bengals, Bills, and Cowboys.

While Rodgers won two of his four MVP awards as recently as 2020 and 2021, the 2022 season was one of the worst of his career as he tossed more interceptions than he had in over a decade, in addition to failing to lead the Packers to the playoffs.

Still, given the struggles that the Jets have had in recent years — they’re the current owners of the longest playoff drought in the league (now 13 years and counting) — and over the course of their franchise’s history, a nearly 40-year-old Rodgers will still be the best signal-caller to ever suit up for the famously miserable franchise.

You can read Rodgers’ full statement to the Packers fans below:

I’m not sure it’s possible to fully express the gratitude that I have to the Packers , our incredible fans, the state of Wisconsin, the thousands of players that I crossed paths with, the incredible men and women who work for the organization, and the amazing people who I got to meet along the way, in one post with 10 pictures, but I hope you read this and feel my heart and soul, filled with love, joy, and peace about my time in green and gold.

I grew up in Green Bay, drafted at 21, fell in love with the game, met some lifelong friends, and take with me memories that will last a lifetime. I’m grateful to the late Ted Thompson for drafting me, for my head coaches, especially the 13 years with Mike McCarthy, and the last 4 with Matt LaFleur. I had some incredible men to work with in the QB room over the years including Tom, AVP, Luke, and Connor.

Huge thank you to my guys in the equipment room, Red, TBone, Odea, Kev, Bryan, Andy Grouber, All my dear friends in the training room over the years, Nate, Flea, Doc McKenzie, Doc Gray, Pepp, and Cuz. The legendary Adam Korzun and his incredible staff; Dougie, Crabby, and Scotty, for always looking out for me; Tom, Nate, Sarah, and Jason in PR, Evan for bringing my work life to film, The Rock and Wayne, for giving words to the highlights of my career, Grey, and Big Rob for your work with our guys over the years, Bloke, Thad, Grant and Gizz in the weight room, Bob Harlan, Russ Ball, Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst for your stewardship of the organization, everyone on the 3rd and 4th floors who make that building run smoothly, and so many countless others at the loading dock, tours, concessions, maintenance, our field crew, etc.

To the fans, THANK YOU, you made every run out of the tunnel special, every home game magical, and it was my honor to be your QB.

To my teammates, I love you all, and am thankful for the moments on and off the field that brought us close. I played with legends, I played with friends; thanks for believing in me and having my back always.

This is not the end for us, I will see you again Green Bay, you’ll always have my heart.

If Rodgers remains with the Jets beyond this season, there’s a chance that he could return to Lambeau Field in 2024.

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