The marriage of Aaron Rodgers and New York City is a match made in headline heaven, as evidenced by the future Hall of Famer’s first 24 hours of the New York Jets.
For example, in his reports about Rodgers’ first official day as a member of the Jets, ESPN reporter Rich Cimini says that the 39-year-old ayahuasca enthusiast made himself comfortable by going barefoot at the Jets facility.
“He talked about recreating the glory days of Joe Namath, indicated he will stick around to attend voluntary workouts with his new teammates and strongly hinted he will play more than one season. Rodgers was so comfortable Wednesday in unfamiliar surroundings that he removed his shoes and was walking barefoot in a meeting room with coaches,” Cimini reported.
Rodgers was officially unveiled as a member of the New York Jets in a wide-ranging press conference on Wednesday, April 26. Rodgers, who wore number 12 during his 17 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, will be wearing the number 8 with the Jets, which is the jersey he wore when he was in college at the University of California.
The trade between the Jets and the Packers happened just a few days before the NFL Draft, which is set to begin tonight — Thursday, April 27. As a result of the Rodgers trade, the Packers will now have the 13th selection in the first round, while the Jets will have the 15th.
As a result of the acquisition of Rodgers, the New York Jets are one of the betting favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl, as the team’s roster was widely considered to be playoff-worthy last season. Currently, there are only seven teams in the National Football League — the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, and Dallas Cowboys — with better odds than the Jets to lift next season’s Lombardi Trophy.