In case you have been living under a rock, longtime Green Bay Packers quarterback and surefire future Hall-of-Famer Aaron Rodgers is now a member of the New York Jets. The 18-year veteran is finally leaving the Packers after being drafted in the first round by the team in 2005.
Aaron Rodgers put together quite the career in Green Bay. After replacing Brett Favre, who also was traded to the Jets late in his career, heading into the 2008 season, Rodgers won Super Bowl XLV and has won the second most NFL MVP awards of all time with 4.
Two of those MVP awards came in back-to-back years in 2020 and 2021, as the Packers fell just short of making the Super Bowl both times. But, last year wasn’t up to the usual winning standard in Green Bay, as they missed the playoffs at 8-9, losing on Sunday Night Football in the final regular season game of the year against the Lions with their own destiny in their hands.
Aaron Rodgers considered retirement, but decided against it, and announced on the Pat McAfee show in March that his preferred destination was the New York Jets. The trade was finally completed on Monday, and he is now officially a Jet.
The situation closely mirrors that of his predecessor Brett Favre, who was similarly pushed out by the Packers. Favre was traded from Green Bay to the Jets and went 10-6 there before going to the rival Vikings a year later. Between Favre and Rodgers, the Packers have had 7 MVP trophies at quarterback in the last 30 years, an unprecedented run of consistent quarterback play.
And, Favre, who is under investigation for alleged welfare fraud in Missisippi involving funds misappropriated for a volleyball arena at his alma mater Southern Miss, spoke out about the big Aaron Rodgers move. Here is Pro Football Talk with more.
“Aaron will do great!!!!” Favre said in a text message to Ed Werder of ESPN.com, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “He will handle the transition as well as anyone. [He’s a] very smart and instinctive person, on and off the field. In other words, you’re not going to catch him by surprise very often. . . . And I think [he’s] the best at making everyone around him better. I would rather not bet at all than bet against him.”
The Jets hope that Aaron Rodgers can win just a few more games than Favre did, and possibly bring the Jets a Super Bowl.