As a lifelong Jets fan, I am no stranger to heartbreak and just straight-up torture. They have not made the playoffs since I was eight years old. I am now 21 and a senior in college. Being a Jets fan is like being punched in the gut over and over again. That being said, I had a lot of hope going into this season. Although they once again missed the playoffs last season, the team was very good outside of horrible quarterback play from Zach Wilson. All they needed was a good quarterback, which they were able to get prior to the season. They made a trade to acquire Aaron Rodgers, one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, from the Green Bay Packers. For the first time in my life, I actually had hope for the Jets. Not only did I have hope they could make the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, I thought they had a chance of winning the Super Bowl. Their first game was on Monday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills. The excitement I had for this game was unbelievable. I have never been more excited for a football game in my life. However, on the fourth play of the game, Aaron Rodgers was sacked by Bills linebacker Leonard Floyd. After the sack, Rodgers stands up, only to collapse back to the ground in pain.
Although the Jets won the game, the next morning, I woke up to the news that Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles and will miss the rest of
the season, leaving the Jets with Zach Wilson as quarterback once again. I do not know what else to say. The Jets must be cursed. They are never not an absolutely terrible football team. Whenever they give me a slimmer of hope, something goes wrong. Whether it’s their star player getting injured, overall colossal underperformance by several key players, something always goes wrong. The Jets can never have
a good quarterback. The last time they had a good quarterback was Joe Namath back in 1969, over 50 years ago. Whenever they bring in a quarterback who has the potential to be good, something happens. From Vinny Testaverde tearing his Achilles, to Zach Wilson being just flat- out awful at football, to Aaron Rodgers tearing his Achilles (just as Testaverde did), the Jets can never catch a break. I thought Aaron Rodgers would bring a Super Bowl to the Jets. His tenure lasted four plays. Four. I am at a loss for words.