Aaron Rodgers Kicks Off 'Monday Night Football' with 'Epic' Display of Patriotism


While it looks like Aaron Rodgers’ season is already over, the New York Jets quarterback kicked off 2023’s first edition of “Monday Night Football” by delivering a divided country a much-needed display of patriotism.

In a league still recovering from the blowback of its widespread protests of the national anthem beginning in 2016, the NFL and the country needed what it saw on Monday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

On the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, Rodgers stormed the field while carrying a beautiful, bright American flag.

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The four-time league MVP was cheered in the stands and celebrated on social media for the patriotic display:

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Sadly, Rodgers left the field with a suspected Achilles injury on what was only his fourth snap as a Jet following what was a Hall of Fame career in Green Bay.

Rodgers turns 40 in December, so there are those speculating his suspected Achilles injury might not just end his season but also his career.

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He could end his time as a Jet without a single pass completed, as he was 0-1 against the Buffalo Bills on Monday.

The Jets ended up winning the game, thanks in large part to Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s three interceptions.

But if the quarterback’s only highlight with the franchise was to briefly unite people through a moment of patriotism, then there is certainly nothing wrong with that.

America was at its best in the days, weeks and months after 9/11 — when people from rural Iowa to Lower Manhattan were almost all on the same page.

For a few moments on Monday night on ESPN, the country felt like it was back in that place.

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Johnathan Jones has worked as a reporter, an editor, and producer in radio, television and digital media.
Johnathan "Kipp" Jones has worked as an editor and producer in radio and television. He is a proud husband and father.