After winning Offensive Rookie of the Year last season, many expected New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson to become among the best in the NFL this year now that he was catching passes from Aaron Rodgers.
Unfortunately for Wilson, Rodgers, and the entire Jets fan base, Wilson didn’t even get the opportunity to catch a single regular season pass from Rodgers before he went down with a season-ending Achilles tear.
On Tuesday, speaking on the Bart & Hahn show with former Jets linebacker Bart Scott, a clearly emotional Garrett Wilson revealed what Rodgers told him at halftime after his injury.
“It really hurt me,” Wilson said. “He told me, ‘Sorry, kid.'”
You could see #Jets WR Garrett Wilson is absolutely crushed talking about Aaron Rodgers:
“It really hurt my heart. He told me ‘sorry kid.’” 💔
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 13, 2023
Even if you don’t root for the Jets or Aaron Rodgers, it’s an undeniably heartbreaking line from Rodgers, who clearly believed he would be able to help Wilson take the next step in his career.
Rodgers said “sorry kid” to Garrett Wilson in the locker room pic.twitter.com/gGdKtQ37xm
— Blake (@blakenyjets) September 12, 2023
Despite not having the services of Rodgers, Wilson was still able to haul in an incredible game-tying touchdown pass that went a long way toward helping the Jets earn the eventual overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills. In total, Wilson had five catches for 34 yards and a touchdown in the game.
GARRETT WILSON IS THAT GUY!!!
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 12, 2023
During his rookie year, while catching passes from the trio of Zach Wilson, Joe Flacco, and Mike White, Wilson was able to haul in 83 catches for 1,103 yards and four touchdowns en route to winning Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Now that Rodgers is hurt, however, Wilson will once again be catching passes from Zach Wilson, who has been a consummate draft bust since the Jets selected him with the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Wilson and the rest of the Jets will look to continue to stave off the depression of Aaron Rodgers’ injury when they travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Sunday, September 17.