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Whether or not we have seen the last of Aaron Rodgers in the NFL, it's been a career to remember

2RM4655 New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

In recent years, the personality and beliefs of Aaron Rodgers have received a lot of attention, but the future Hall of Fame quarterback has always been something of an enigma on the field, as well.

One of the most talented players to ever play the game, Rodgers won a Super Bowl following the 2010 season. It seemed like just the beginning of what was destined to be many, but it remains the only one he has ever been to, let alone won.

This year was supposed to be a chance to change all of that with the New York Jets, pairing Rodgers up with a franchise that, in many ways, mirrors his career — a team with one championship early in its history and a long run of failing to ever repeat it ever since.

His New York dream took just four snaps to dissolve into a nightmare. Rodgers tore his Achilles on a routine sack by Bills edge rusher Leonard Floyd on Monday night, ending his season almost before it had begun.

Rodgers will turn 40 in December, and the possibility that this injury will send him into retirement is very real.

It’s a sad way for the story to end, even if it is just the ending for the 2023 NFL season.

Rodgers has always been a unique quarterback. His 1.4% interception rate is the lowest in NFL history. His best seasons feature touchdown-to-interception ratios that don’t look real. In 2018, he threw two interceptions in total. In 2020, including the playoffs, he threw 53 touchdown passes to just six interceptions, two of them coming in one game early in the season. In 15 seasons of play, he has only thrown 10 or more interceptions three times, and never more than 13.

Aaron Rodgers Five-Year Snapshot | Including Playoffs
Season PFF Grade Turnover-Worthy Play Rate
2022 77.5 (T-14th) 2.9% (T-15th)
2021 89.4 (5th) 2.0% (3rd)
2020 95.1 (1st) 2.1% (3rd)
2019 83.7 (7th) 2.5% (T-7th)
2018 89.0 (5th) 1.5% (1st)

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To Rodgers, turnovers were always the worst thing for a quarterback. There is considerable merit to that line of thought. Turnovers have the tightest correlation to wins and losses for good reason; they move the needle. Avoiding them is always a good thing, but it doesn’t always come without cost. There can be an opportunity cost to pathologically avoiding turnovers, and sometimes the things you need to do to be careful with the football mean you’re not bringing enough positive play to the table.

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