Aaron Rodgers is focused on the New York Jets and his Achilles rehab, but old habits die hard: He still loves poking at the Chicago Bears.
Rodgers, a guest Friday on “The Pat McAfee Show,” said he texted Packers quarterback Jordan Love after Green Bay beat the Bears in Week 1 at Soldier Field.
“Congratulations on retaining ownership,” Rodgers said, smiling. “That was pretty great for him.”
In 15 seasons as the Packers’ starter, Rodgers compiled a 24-5 record against the Bears and yelled, “You’re still mine!” after scoring a game-winning touchdown at Soldier Field in 2021. In his first start as Rodgers’ successor, Love rushed for 245 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ 38-20 victory.
The day after the congratulatory text, Rodgers tore his left Achilles tendon on the fourth play of the Jets’ opener, resulting in season-ending surgery two days later. Rodgers, 39, opened up about his rehab, saying he’s out of the cast but still wearing a walking boot and unable to walk on his own.
Once he can walk again, he hopes to return to the Jets’ facility. Coach Robert Saleh said they hope to have him in the building next week.
“Trying to get out of the boot is kind of the next goal, so I feel the strength to be able to stand up on my own,” Rodgers said. “Then you take the boot off and then it gets kind of exciting. I think then you feel like you’re not just a big bastard lying around and everyone cares about you. So that will be nice.”
Rodgers, who conducted the interview at a rehab facility near his home in Malibu, California, described it as a “tough” ordeal.
“It’s not easy, but the rehab has made some progress in the last few days, so the hope meter is trending up a little bit,” he said. “The joy meter is trending up a little.”
A week ago, a defiant Rodgers said he would “shock people” with his recovery and hinted he could return for the playoffs. On Friday he was more unclear about a comeback.
“I don’t want to get into a timeline,” he said. “I just want to get healthy, honestly, mentally and physically, honestly. But I will do everything I can in rehab to put myself in a position to be ready to play football again at some point. And that is the goal.” .
“I mean, when that happened, of course there was a lot of thought: ‘That’s it, collect it, you’re done.’ I just don’t feel that way, so I’m going to put myself in a position to be able to play again.