If you thought that Aaron Rodgers' NFL career had ended, reconsider.
On his initial drive as a quarterback for the New York Jets on Monday, the four-time MVP suffered an Achilles tear. This not only swiftly dashed the team's hopes for the Super Bowl but also raised questions about Rodgers' potential comeback.
However, when he spoke out for the first time since the setback, he provided supporters with a glimmer of optimism.
"On Instagram, he penned, "The night is darkest before the dawn. And I will rise once more."
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The quarterback shared three images on his profile: one depicting him dashing onto the field with the American flag (commemorating the 22nd anniversary of 9/11), a second of him in warm-up mode, and a third capturing the moment just after his injury.
Rodgers expressed that he feels "completely heartbroken" over what transpired, yet he's begun the "healing process."
"Thank you to every person that has reached out, called, texted, DM’d, connected through a friend, etc.," he wrote. "It has meant a ton to me, and I’ll try and get back to all of you soon. I’m completely heartbroken and moving through all of the emotions, but deeply touched and humbled by the support and love. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I begin the healing process today…
"Proud of my guys, 1-0."
The atmosphere at MetLife Stadium was festive on Monday evening, marking what many believed would be the beginning of one of the most eagerly awaited seasons in the team's legacy. Yet, the mood dramatically shifted to one of mourning following the injury.
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