Former BYU and current New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson played against and defeated his childhood idol Aaron Rodgers in Week 6 of the 2022 NFL season.
Except, of course, it was Wilson offering Rodgers perhaps a little encouragement and kind words after the Zach Attack Jets, following some of their script vs. the Dolphins, put together another superb second half to pull away from Rodgers and the Packers, 27-10.
“Yeah, it’s crazy for me because this guy’s been my idol since I was 8 years old,” Wilson said after leading the Jets’ advance to 4-2 overall, a 3-0 road record, one more touchdown drive before his fourth-quarter TD streak came to an end at seven drives, and a 5-3 record for the Jets at the house that Curly Lambeau built and Vince Lombardi renovated into the shrine in the middle of suburban Wisconsin. “I copied everything, tried to be just like him. As ugly a game as that was, he’s a great guy, someone I’ve always studied through the NFL, somebody to be like.”
As highlighted by Wilson’s father, Mike, the second-year Jets quarterback has always dreamed of playing on the same field as Rodgers.
“Dreams do come true! I can’t tell you how many times @ZachWilson and I have watched Rogers on tv or studied his every movement on YouTube,” Mike Wilson wrote on Twitter. “Today he gets a chance to play against him. Parents if your child has a dream, embrace it. Sometimes dreams do come true.”
Zach Wilson & Aaron Rodgers
Although the Week 6 contest was the first time Wilson and Rodgers have played against each other, it wasn’t the duos first meeting on a football field.
During the 2021 preseason, Wilson, then a rookie, and the Jets met up with the Packers for a couple of days of joint practices. Wilson had a “fanboy” moment meeting and practicing with Rodgers.
“Zach’s a good kid,” the back-to-back NFL MVP said of meeting the former BYU quarterback. “It’s fun to see him.”
In three games this season, Wilson has thrown for 462 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions with a completion percentage of 56.1.
New York’s next game is on the road against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, October 23 at 2:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS.
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