Months After Sean Payton’s ‘Worst’ Allegation, Amazing Aaron Rodgers Shares One-Word Message to Align With Nathaniel Hackett

Published 10/09/2023, 3:05 AM EDT

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Months after Sean Payton’s controversial allegation that Nathaniel Hackett’s coaching stint in Denver was “one of the worst coaching jobs in the history of the NFL,” tensions still linger as the Denver Broncos prepare to face the New York Jets in a crucial Week 5 matchup.

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Aaron Rodgers, in solidarity with the coach

Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired by the Broncos last season after a 4-11 start, now finds himself in the offensive coordinator role for the Jets. Despite his professional approach and minimal comments regarding the situation, he hasn’t received a personal apology from Payton for the harsh criticism.

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Meanwhile, former MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers weighed in on the situation by tweeting W. #hackett❤️,” showing solidarity with Hackett. Rodgers, who is out for the season, indirectly signaled his support for the Jets offensive coordinator. Their bond extended beyond the football field. Nathaniel Hackett and Aaron Rodgers shared a genuine friendship that has spanned over a decade. 

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Jets players have rallied around Hackett, expressing their support and defending his coaching abilities. Center Connor McGovern, in particular, called out the Broncos organization for treating Hackett unfairly and expressed a desire to help him achieve “payback” on the field. Left tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker echoed this sentiment, suggesting that the comments made by Payton have motivated the Jets to perform at their best.

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Mahika Saini

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Mahika Saini is an NFL editor at EssentiallySports. She discovered her love for the NFL after witnessing Tom Brady win his seventh ring at the Super Bowl LV. As an athlete at the school level, Mahika formed a connection with the player's resilience, determination and toughness.
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