Aaron Rodgers will be introduced as a member of the new york jets on Wednesday, but before that could be done, the veteran NFL quarterback said a heartfelt farewell to the franchise, the fans and the city he called home for nearly two decades.
Rodgers, 39, posted a lengthy farewell on his Instagram on Tuesday, just a day after news of a trade between the Packers and Jets was announced following weeks of speculation about what Rodgers’ future in the NFL would look like. .
«I’m not sure it’s possible to fully express the gratitude I have towards the [Packers]our amazing fans, the state of Wisconsin, the thousands of players I’ve come across, the amazing men and women who work for the organization, and the amazing people I’ve met along the way, in a post with 10 photos. , but I hope you read this and feel my heart and soul, full of love, joy and peace for my time in green and gold.» Rogers wrote.
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«I grew up in Green Bay, was drafted at 21, fell in love with the game, met some lifelong friends and has memories to last a lifetime. I’m grateful to the late Ted Thompson for drafting me, for my head coaches, especially the 13 year olds with [Dallas Cowboys head coach] Mike McCarthy, and the last 4 with Matt LaFleur.»
a four times NFL Most Valuable Player, including back-to-back seasons in 2020 and 2021, Rodgers played 18 seasons in Green Bay after being first drafted by the organization with the No. 24 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.
He spent three years as the backup to Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, who made a similar switch to the AFC East in 2008.
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Rodgers has made 22 playoff appearances, culminating in his lone Super Bowl title in 2010.
«To the fans, THANK YOU, you made every exit from the tunnel special, every home game magical, and I was honored to be your QB,» Rodgers continued.
“To my teammates, I love you all and am grateful for the moments on and off the pitch that brought us closer. I played with legends, I played with friends, thanks for believing in me and always supporting me.»
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The Jets are expected to hold a news conference Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET when they introduce Rodgers as their new quarterback, but as the veteran told fans in his Tuesday post: «This is not the end for us.»
«I will see you again Green Bay, you will always have my heart.»