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New Jets QB Aaron Rodgers’ ‘Hard Knocks’ Draws High Praise

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New Jets QB Aaron Rodgers' 'Hard Knocks' Draws High Praise

Aaron Rodgers on the “Hard Knocks” tracker: In Episode 1, the new Jets quarterback teases Nathaniel Hackett and receives good acclaim.

An examination of significant scenes from this year’s opening.

The Jets made their highly awaited 2023 television debut on “Hard Knocks,” an annual training camp series produced by HBO and NFL Films, on Tuesday night. It’s not surprising that Aaron Rodgers was the player who garnered the most attention during the debut.

Before the Jets were officially chosen as this year’s featured club, the longtime Packers quarterback, who was acquired through trade this April, might have resisted the “Hard Knocks” cameras. But he didn’t hide the fact that he was Episode 1’s central character.

The most memorable Rodgers performances from the “Hard Knocks” opening are listed below:

The first footage of Rodgers using Jets gear and facilities was shown next to old pictures of Joe Namath, the last and only member of the Gang Green to win a Super Bowl. Talk about establishing the bar.

The opening half of Episode 1 was largely devoted to young players praising Rodgers from the sidelines or expressing their admiration to the quarterback. Mecole Hardman, a former Chiefs receiver, made an assurance to A-Rod that he would share his memories of their time together with his little kid. Quinnen Williams, a defensive lineman, thanked Rodgers in front of the cameras “for coming to help us out.”

Why are so many NFL teams opposed to the “Hard Knocks” spotlight, whether publicly or privately? Rodgers claimed that “people are worried about being a distraction,” even if his own involvement in Episode 1 didn’t show that he is.

Zach Wilson, a former first-round pick who replaced Rodgers as the young quarterback, received plenty of advice and humorous jabs from his replacement, most notably about flaunting his biceps in a tight-sleeved jersey prior to the first preseason game.

Rodgers gave Nathaniel Hackett of the Jets high respect, saying that the former assistant “was always in charge of red-zone install” in Green Bay. In a later post-practice game, the quarterback made fun of Hackett by mentioning Broncos coach Sean Payton, who had criticised Hackett’s one-year stint in Denver but had also reaffirmed that “we really love each other.”

How does Rodgers currently feel about the Jets? He remarked, “I love it,” after the first preseason game. New York is a fantastic city. The QB is aware that winning must be accomplished, though. When informed of the affection of the fan base, he once cautioned that they only adore him “so far.”

Tuesday, August 15 at 10 p.m. ET, “Hard Knocks” episode 2 will feature Rodgers and the Jets.

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