FLORHAM PARK, NJ (AP) — New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he will use doubters as motivation in his rehabilitation from Achilles surgery and indicates he will play football again – maybe even this season.
Rodgers tore his left Achilles tendon in Game 4 of his debut with his new team Monday night, a 22-16 overtime win over Buffalo. The four-time NFL MVP underwent surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles.
“I think what I’d like to say is: Let me doubt it,” Rodgers said during an appearance on ESPN’s “The Pat McAfee Show” Friday. “Give me the times. Give me all the things you think can, should, or will happen, because all I need is a little extra percent of inspiration. That’s all I need.
“So give me your doubts, give me your predictions and then watch what I do.”
Rodgers’ surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon who has worked with many professional athletes during his career. The 39-year-old quarterback faces a long and arduous recovery and rehabilitation from his injury.
“Certainly, some of the odds are stacked against me based on my age, but I like it,” Rodgers said. “Put the odds against me and see what happens.”
He said he has spoken to several people who have gone through a similar injury and rehabilitation process.
“My goal and dedication is to acquire as much information as possible,” Rodgers said. “And then, on top of what I’ve already put in place, there’s a really good rehab plan that I think will shock some people.”
Rodgers hasn’t set a timetable for his return, but he has made it clear he intends to play football again. He was asked if he meant this season – if the Jets make the playoffs.
“I’m not going to make any of those statements,” Rodgers said. “I don’t feel like it’s fair to me. I believe, as Kevin Garnett said, anything is possible.
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