In a surprising turn of events, Jets legend Joe Klecko is now singing a different tune when it comes to Aaron Rodgers. The newly inducted Hall-of-Famer, who initially criticized the Jets‘ interest in the former Green Bay Packer quarterback, has had a change of heart.
When asked by TMZ if he believes the Jets will make it to the Super Bowl this year with Rodgers leading the charge, Klecko didn’t hesitate, declaring, “Yes, I do think they will. Absolutely. With our four-time MVP, how could you not go to the Super Bowl?”
This marks a significant shift from his stance just six months ago when he expressed reservations about Rodgers joining the Jets. Klecko had previously stated that he didn’t see Rodgers fitting in with the team’s mentality and young players. He even went as far as to suggest that Rodgers could be detrimental to the team’s chemistry.
Trust between Hall-of-Famers Klecko and Rodgers sets the tone for NFL start of the season
However, Klecko’s opinion appears to have evolved, likely influenced by Rodgers‘ impressive preseason debut with a beautiful 14-yard touchdown pass to second-year receiver Garrett Wilson. The quarterback will make his regular-season debut with the Jets on Monday, Sept. 11, facing the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium.
Klecko, a former defensive lineman known for his time as part of the famed New York Sack Exchange, recorded an impressive 78 sacks during his 11 years with the Jets. His change of heart regarding Rodgers adds an interesting twist to the ongoing narrative surrounding the quarterback’s transition to his new team.