Aaron Rodgers back to his 'old' self with Jets, say ex-Packers teammates: 'He's so f—ing happy right now'
Florham Park, N.J., might be the latest hot honeymoon destination.
Aaron Rodgers and the Jets are now happily married, and the two sides are going through something of a honeymoon period right now. Rodgers said it's like a "dream" to play for the Jets, and two of his former Packers teammates who are now with the Jets have noticed a difference, too.
"The dude just shows up to work, and he's just so f—ing happy right now," offensive lineman Billy Turner said. "It's very cool to witness and see. …
"I don't think the Green Bay Packers realized and understood what he had left in the tank, and by them drafting Jordan Love, what does that do to Aaron? Obviously, that added more fuel to the tank. He kind of put the middle finger up after they drafted Jordan Love and basically said, 'All right, bet.'"
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Randall Cobb weighed in on Rodgers' rejuvenation as well, saying that the 39-year-old may have a case of Benjamin Button syndrome.
"I think this whole change of scenery has been great for him, has reenergized him. He's happy and he's himself again."@rcobb18 on his longtime QB comfortably adapting in NYC— Up & Adams (@UpAndAdamsShow) May 5, 2023
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"He's aging backwards right now," Cobb said recently. "When me and 'Te (Davante Adams) were actually just talking about that a little bit, we're like, 'Man, he's happy. He's in a great place.' I think this whole change of scenery has been great for him, has reenergized him.
"I went up to the facility a couple days ago to sign and just to see him happy and being himself, and the old Aaron Rodgers that I remember — he's himself again. I look forward to just seeing him continue to grow and find himself."
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Of course, the source of Rodgers' happiness is a bit of a point of curiosity: Is he happy because he gets to recharge with a new franchise, or because he's out of Green Bay? Is he still riding an ayahuasca high?
In truth, it's probably a mix of the former two: Rodgers had something of a contentious split with the Packers, a breakup that was a few years in the making. The Jets are an up-and-coming AFC contender, and were a quarterback away from really making noise in the conference. That seems to be a recipe for happiness.
Of course, the Jets have done their part to make Rodgers happy: They signed Cobb, Turner and Allen Lazard, three former Packers teammates of his.
The Jets can only hope the good vibes endure through the 2023 season.