Joe Namath wants Aaron Rodgers wants on the Jets so bad that he’s willing to do something special for him.
The 39-year-old could return to the fold for his 19th NFL season, or decide to hang up the cleats and retire. Rodgers could also opt for a change of scenery, and inform the Packers he’d like to play for another team in 2023.
Jets legend Joe Namath had his No. 12 retired in 1985, but during a recent appearance on “Tiki & Tierney,” he said he would allow Rodgers to wear his number if he brought his talents to the team.
“I hope it can come true but it’s farfetched: I know Mr. [Jets owner Woody] Johnson’s trying to get a quarterback. If there’s a way he can get Rodgers,” Namath said. “I’m a big Rodgers fan, and I noticed that he wears number 12 of course. Man, if we get him, is he still going to wearing number 12? Because that number was retired years ago…”
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Namath was then informed that it would be up to him if the No. 12 were to be unretired.
“Well, it’s on ownership. It’s different ownership. Different people. And I’d sure love Rodgers if he’s there,” Namath said. “Yeah, I want him to wear his number. We established ourselves and we’ve got a real respect for our numbers, and Aaron Rodgers, God almighty, yeah! It’d be great to have him in New York.”
Rodgers promised that he would not hold the Packers “hostage” when it comes to his decision for 2023, so one could be expected before free agency kicks off in March.
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