NY Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn't exactly stayed out of the limelight during his recovery from a torn Achilles over the last five months.
One can question his often controversial remarks, but what should not be called into question is how he's embraced his role as a leader since coming to New York. That leadership has continued, even with the four-time MVP on the shelf.
Jets offensive lineman Wes Schweitzer posted a photo to his Instagram on Monday depicting Rodgers and many members of the Jets' offensive line at a Vegas Golden Knights game.
Rodgers reportedly organized a trip for the entire Jets offensive line to go to Las Vegas, and while they were there, they managed to catch a Golden Knights game.
Among the Jets (and former Jets) players in attendance were Alijah Vera-Tucker, Mekhi Becton, Laken Tomlinson, Joe Tippmann, Connor McGovern, Wes Schweitzer, Max Mitchell, Carter Warren, Jake Hanson, Chris Glaser, Xavier Newman, and Dennis Kelly. And, of course, Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers treated his NY Jets offensive line to a Vegas trip
It's tradition for quarterbacks to reward their offensive line with gifts at the end of a season, and even though Rodgers played just four snaps this year, he still took it upon himself to follow said tradition.
But while Rodgers rewarded his offensive linemen, Jets fans are probably hoping for a better performance from the unit in 2024.
The Jets dealt with a slew of injuries along the offensive line, forcing the team to start 13 different offensive line combinations in 17 weeks. That certainly contributed to the unit's poor performance last season.
Pro Football Focus ranked the Jets' offensive line as the second-worst unit in the NFL in 2023, and while injuries certainly played a factor, it's clear that the team has to find ways to improve at that spot this offseason.
For now, however, Rodgers is doing his part to give back to the Jets organization and his fellow Jets teammates. It's yet another example of Rodgers embracing his role as a team leader, shedding the "selfish" narrative that followed him during his latter days in Green Bay.