Aaron Rodgers introduced New York Jets quarterback: ‘This is a surreal day for me’

(CNN) Four-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl XLV champion Aaron Rodgers It was introduced on Wed New York JetsThe latest caller sign.

“It’s a surreal day for me after spending 18 years in the same city,” the Jets quarterback told reporters. “I’m here because I believe in this team. I believe in (coach Robert Saleh). I believe in (Jets general manager Joe Douglas)’s direction.”

“Obviously he’s drafted very well in the last couple of years. Obviously a big thank you to Green Bay Packers Organized for an incredible tour. This chapter is now over and I am excited for the new adventure here in New York.”

He added, “I’m an old man, so I want to be part of a team that can win everything and I think this is a place where we can do that.”

Rodgers said he noticed as he entered the Jets facility Wednesday morning that the Jets’ only Super Bowl “was looking a little lonely.”

The Green Bay Packers traded the longtime quarterback to the Jets along with the Packers 15th overall and fifth-round pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday.

New York Jets President Hemi Elhai, Team Owner Christopher Johnson, Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Team Owner Woody Johnson, and Coach Robert Salih during the introductory press conference.

The Packers will get the Jets’ 13th overall pick, one of the Jets’ second-round draft picks, a sixth-round pick and their first-round pick for 2024 if Rodgers plays at least 65% of the Jets’ offensive plays this upcoming season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Rodgers joked that he knew the Jets would be the next team he played for after the Jets “smoked” the Packers last season.

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Rodgers has spoken about his intentions to play with the Jets after the 2023 season.

“For now, I’m just going to focus on this season,” he said. “I’m excited to be here, and I expect to be here throughout the off-season.”

Rodgers went on to say, “I’ll be here for the foreseeable future.”

After the press conference, Rodgers lifted his new green and white number 8 jersey.

The 39-year-old said he heard Jets football Hall of Fame legend Joe Namath mention he would be fine if the Jets dumped Rodgers’ iconic No. 12 Namath jersey, but the Jets’ new quarterback said: “For me, 12 is Broadway.” Atmosphere “.

Rodgers spent his entire 18-season career with Green Bay, leading the team to a 31-25 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

The Jets finished with a 7-10 record last season, missing the playoffs for the 12th consecutive year.

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