Aaron Rodgers Injury: ‘Smartest Move’- Joe Rogan Lauds NFL Star for Long Lay Off Amidst ACL Damage

Published 02/09/2024, 11:11 AM EST

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Father time, as they say, is undefeated. Tom Brady, cut from the Patriots and 42 years of age, went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to help them win the first Super Bowl. Despite this, however, the quarterback was cut from the Patriots due to the lack of years and commitment in his contract.

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And after Jets’ star Aaron Rodgers got an ACL injury at the start of this season, many felt this was probably the end for the 40-year-old. Miraculously, however, he has recovered quicker than anyone expected to be possible. Rodgers shared the reasons behind it as well as his rehab plan with Joe Rogan.

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Aaron Rodgers, on episode #2099 of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, spoke about his recent ACL injury that has sidelined him. He told Rogan that he had been trying hard to rehab and had gotten a novel rehab plan and methods to accelerate recovery to speed up the healing process.

Rogan, however, cautioned him against this and suggested that the Jets’ quarterback heal fully before he returns to the field or risk it getting re-injured. “It seems like it’s the smartest move at your age to make sure it’s 100% [healed]. Like I’ve seen a lot of athletes come back, particularly from ACL injuries… back too soon and it pops again,” the podcast host said.

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Rodgers was in agreement with Rogan but pointed out that he was forty years old and nearing retirement and did not want to miss an entire season on the back end of his career. He pointed out that it was very rare for football players to continue playing at this age.

“I totally agree with that on many levels. But then there’s the competitor report where I see that that window closing and there’s not many guys who’ve been who’ve played as long as I have. There’s a few. Obviously, Tom [Brady] did it for a long time. But you know there’s kind of an age where father time is winning and I know that you I’m on the last couple holes of my career, so I didn’t want to miss an entire season,” Rodgers said to Rogan. The Jet then delved into the details of his recovery.

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Rodgers goes all out to recover in an unprecedented time

Rodgers suffered a catastrophic torn ACL in the first game of the season, which would normally mean his season was over. However, surprisingly, the quarterback was back in practice after merely eleven weeks. Rodgers revealed to Joe Rogan that the reason behind this rapid recovery was a new type of surgery, and him going through rehab aggressively as well as using hyperbaric chambers and having a proper diet.

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“I can do everything except sprint at top speed,” Rodgers said. “And I really attacked the rehab the first few months and kind of wanted to go as hard as I could for two months… I said you know let’s push this as hard as I can… Worked really really hard, I had a great surgeon who did a newer process… Did a lot of other things to speed up the rehab including Hyperbaric chamber, my diet was rock solid: a lot of bone broth,” he added. What do you think about Rodger’s comments?

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Kanishk Thakur

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