Aaron Rodgers of the Jets says last year’s injury rehab made him ‘a better teammate, a better person, and a better quarterback.’

We’ve all heard the saying that life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. Aaron Rodgers, the New York Jets’ veteran quarterback and four-time league MVP, clearly embraces this mindset.

Rodgers recently reflected on last year’s Achilles injury, which sidelined him for most of his first season with the Jets. Despite the challenging period, the 40-year-old found several silver linings.

In an interview with the Jets’ in-house podcast, Rodgers shared his perspective on the experience:

“It was those times being back with the guys, being in the locker room, being on the sideline, that kind of got me through. It was a tough year, but so many beautiful things came out of it that I am thankful for. These positives only could have happened because things went the way they did.

“I believe that life either happens to us or for us. If we always think it’s happening to us, a victim mindset sets in that doesn’t lead to positivity. But if we see it as happening for us, even in the darkest moments of frustration and disappointment, there is beauty to be found in the void.

“I’m thankful for the lessons I learned during the process, and hopefully, it made me a better teammate, a better person, and a better quarterback in the long run.”

Rodgers’ comments suggest that last season’s injury might be a blessing in disguise for both him and the Jets. The experience appears to have provided valuable perspective, helping Rodgers and his teammates bond more closely. His successful performance at OTAs is generating optimism for the upcoming season.

Rodgers’ willingness to share his vulnerability is also noteworthy. By doing so, he may inspire the next generation of athletes to embrace and share their own challenges.

The injury, in Rodgers’ words, made him better in various aspects, including as a quarterback. This development is certainly good news for the Jets, considering Rodgers is already regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. The support he received from his teammates last season has fostered a closer bond within the locker room.

Ultimately, Rodgers’ reflections highlight the importance of perspective and resilience, both in sports and in life.