Aaron Rodgers is saying goodbye to the Green Bay Packers after he was traded to the New York Jets, writing a farewell letter to fans on Instagram. The four-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl XLV champion shared a slideshow of photos documenting his 18-year career in Green Bay, from being drafted in 2005, to winning MVP and hosting a Vince Lombardi trophy. Rodgers expressed gratitude to former Packers GM Ted Thompson, current Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy, and current coach Matt LaFleur. He thanked the Packers organization, from the equipment room staff to the field crew at Lambeau Field.
In his farewell letter, Rodgers wrote, “This is not the end for us, I will see you again Green Bay, you’ll always have my heart.” He shared several photos with former teammates Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Mason Crosby, Randall Cobb and David Bakhtiari in his Instagram post. “To my teammates, I love you all, and am thankful for the moments on and off the field that brought us close,” he captioned the images. “I played with legends, I played with friends; thanks for believing in me and having my back always.”
Rodgers concluded his farewell with a note to fans: “THANK YOU, you made every run out of the tunnel special, every home game magical, and it was my honor to be your QB.” As part of the deal to send Rodgers to New York, the Packers moved up two spots in the first round of Thursday’s NFL draft, taking the Jets’ No. 13 overall pick while sending back the No. 15 selection, according to ESPN and NFL Network. The Packers also will receive a second-round pick and a sixth-round selection this year as well as a conditional 2024 second-round pick that becomes a first if Rodgers plays 65% of the offensive snaps this season, per the reports. In addition to Rodgers, the Jets will also receive a fifth-round selection this year.
The trade of Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers to the New York Jets marks the end of an era for one of the NFL’s most storied franchises. Rodgers’ departure from Green Bay is a reminder of the importance of loyalty and gratitude in the sports world. It is also a reminder of the importance of recognizing the contributions of players, coaches, and staff members who have helped build a team’s success. As Rodgers said in his farewell letter, “I grew up in Green Bay, drafted at 21, fell in love with the game, met some lifelong friends, and take with me memories that will last a lifetime.” 1