Aaron Rodgers on whether he will play in the NFL again after an ankle injury

Aaron Rodgers is far from done as a starting quarterback in the NFL. If he had his druthers, Rodgers would start into his 40s and play effectively.

The Super Bowl champion appeared on Tuesday’s episode of the Pat McAfee Show and said he views the 2023 season as a wash after a torn Achilles tendon playing just four in his long-awaited debut as quarterback of the New York Jets.

The devastating injury – coupled with his season-long recovery – prompted one of McAfee’s sidekicks to ask Rodgers if next season will be his last dance in New York.

“I don’t think so,” Rodgers replied. “When I came here, I felt like I had kind of a renewed passion for the game. And everything here is great, just the people that I’ve had the opportunity to work with, the relationships that I’ve built with my teammates and great men and women who work here.”

Rodgers, who played 18 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, then gave a glimpse into what he envisions after this season.

“I feel like this year is a lost year having only played a few snaps and not being able to go out there and prove what I’m capable of and see what we’re capable of as a team,” he said. said. “I don’t think next year will be my last year. With some of the things I’ve learned over the past year – taking care of my body and surrounding myself with some great people who have helped me with my nutritional needs and my functional training in a more acute level — I feel like I can play more years and be effective into my 40s, which is crazy because I thought I’d be benched sometime in my 40s. But now I want to be a starter at 40 age. I want to be a starter at 41. I want to see what I can get out of this body.”

Rodgers praised the team’s leadership from top to bottom and said he thinks the Jets — with a few minor adjustments — are built to win and compete when he returns. But as for this season, Rodgers said he’s “making steady progress” but still isn’t exactly 100 percent.

ESPN reported earlier this week based on sources that Rodgers will do so probably medically approved next week. Rodgers, who said earlier this season that he would be open to playing if he was 100 percent and the Jets were in the playoffs (they have since been eliminated), says he’s just not ready to take the field despite the steady progress.

“If I was 100 percent today, I would definitely push to play,” he said. “The fact is, I’m not.”

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