Aaron Rodgers Of The Jets Considered Retiring After Tearing His Achilles Tendon

Aaron Rodgers said on a podcast this week that he felt his football career was over after tearing his left Achilles tendon in the Jets' opener.

I thought, ‘This is it. In a lengthy interview on the “I Can Fly” podcast released Tuesday, the 40-year-old quarterback said, “You don’t come back from this injury.

Rodgers, who joined the Jets last year after 18 seasons with the Packers, was injured four plays into his September 11 start.

He researched Kobe Bryant's surgery for a comparable injury with the Los Angeles Lakers to assuage his career-ending fears.

The four-time NFL MVP got upset when he talked about asking his close friends for help after returning to California on Sept. 12 following surgery and rehabilitation.

I replied, ‘I need help,’” Rodgers recalled. “This will be hard. I need you all to support me on the days I quit believing it's possible.

Rodgers had surgery the next day and a long rehabilitation, helped by prayer, diet, and friends.

As long as the Jets were in postseason contention, he wanted to return before the season finished. He wanted the fastest Achilles tear recovery ever.

In late November, doctors cleared him for football, and he felt good. He ended his return effort a month later because the Jets were out of the playoffs and he hadn't fully recovered from the injury.