At the start of the offseason, Joe Klecko wanted Aaron Rodgers to get as far away from his New York Jets as possible.
But after the OTAs and seeing how Rodgers has embraced the Big Apple, the future Hall of Famer has had a change of heart.
Klecko originally said Rodgers could «convert a bad feeling in that locker room» as the young roster was «fighting amongst themselves.» He even went so far as to say that he would rather have Derek Carr, who the Jets did meet with.
However, Klecko is now a happy camper that Rodgers is in New York.
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My only dispute was how he would get along with the youngsters, you know?» Klecko told ESPN Radio’s Jake Asman. «I made a reference to that because growing as a team, which I was on, we grew together. That was really cool because we got along so well. That’s what I expected, and now he’s shown it. He’s flattered the rest of the team , and he’s teaching the guys. He’s doing the things you see Tom Brady do. I think it’s going to be a big surprise for everybody in New York.»
Rodgers is a Jet after spending his first 18 seasons with the Green Bay Packers. However, the team that drafted him in 2005 seemed ready to move on for quite some time and hinted at it by taking quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
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After being officially introduced as a Jet in April, Rodgers spent time going to the New York Knicks and Rangers playoff games at Madison Square Garden with various teammates. He also participated in the Taylor Swift Eras Tour at his new home, MetLife Stadium, in May.
addressing his 19 NFL seasonyou feel refreshed.
«The last six weeks have been the most fun I’ve had in a long time,» Rodgers told reporters on Friday. «It’s fun to come to work and be excited about what we’re doing.»
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Rodgers and the Jets open their season on «Monday Night Football» on September 11 against the Buffalo Bills.