Recovering Aaron Rodgers Finds Inspiration From Long-Time Rival Tom Brady & His NBA Compatriot Michael Jordan

Published 09/23/2023, 8:39 AM EDT

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New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers sustained a season-ending torn Achilles injury early in the first quarter of a game against the Buffalo Bills on September 11. This has by far been this season’s most devastating news for the fans and the team. Initially ruled out for the season, Rodgers underwent an innovative surgery aimed at speeding his recovery. It has potentially given him a chance to return to action in mid-January.

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Rodgers recently provided an update on his rehabilitation progress during his weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. Rodgers expressed his frustration but also his determination to always strive to overcome challenges. A-Rod’s recent power-packed message is all about greatness.

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The 39-year-old shared his recovery journey so far on The Pat McAfee Show this Saturday. He went on to express his frustration at not being able to be with his team and the challenges he faces in the recovery process. However, nothing hampers his spirits. The QB shared his perspective on what separates great competitors from the rest.

Drawing inspiration from legends like Tom Brady and Michael Jordan, Rodgers emphasized that true greatness doesn’t rely on external motivation. Rodgers asserted, “There are a lot of good competitors, and I’m putting myself in that category. Great competitors don’t need a lot of inspiration; the motivation comes from within.” He still has unwavering determination to recover and be back on the field.

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Rodgers expressed deep admiration for Kobe Bryant’s incredible journey following his Achilles injury. Bryant’s commitment during his recovery resonates with Rodgers as he faces his own path to healing. With his eyes set on returning to peak performance, Rodgers is channeling this determination.

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Overcoming challenges and silencing retirement speculation

Currently immersed in rehab, Rodgers shared the challenges of being away from his teammates. He openly shared his dedication, stating, “I’m actually in rehab right now. I’ve got my machines and s**t. I’m just getting after the rehab this week. It’s tough. Every single day is tough, not to be with the guys.

Despite widespread speculation about his retirement due to the severity of the injury and his age, the NFL star dismissed those notions and expressed his eagerness to return to football. He even hinted at the possibility of making a remarkable comeback in time for the playoffs, fueled by an innovative surgery and an unwavering determination to continue his football career.

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Throughout this journey, Rodgers’ resilience shines through, as he diligently works towards his goal of returning to the game he loves, proving that retirement is not on his horizon just yet.

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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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Mallika Singh

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