While Cyclones fans have had a rough offseason at the college football level due to an ongoing sports betting investigation, one positive area for Iowa State fans to focus on has been the recent success stories at the NFL level.
Former Iowa State running back Breece Hall set the NFL world on fire in his rookie season solidifying himself as a game-changer for the New York Jets prior to his week seven injury. After rehabbing a torn ACL, Hall is officially back at practice with the Jets and earned some high praise from New York’s new QB1.
After being traded this offseason from the Green Bay Packers to the New York Jets, Aaron Rodgers has been getting used to the Jets’ personnel. With Breece Hall missing a lot of work in the offseason due to his injury, Rodgers got a first look at the former Cyclone and had some enormous praise for the young back.
“I said there was a huge difference when Garrett Wilson was on the field, and I feel like the difference when Breece Hall is on the field is also substantial,” Rodgers said. “Breece is just a different speed. In practice, he caught a pass and hit 21+ miles per hour and he just looks like he’s cruising. Now we had a guy in Green Bay who had a similar running style. Ahman Green. Like Ahman, when Breece Hall is running, nobody catches him. He has elite speed. He’s put together pretty well for a running back. Love having him out there. He’s a smart guy. I was testing him since he’s been out most of training camp, and he was real sharp on everything.”
The Jets have quickly become stars in the eyes of the NFL media, with a new quarterback capable of lifting the team to a Super Bowl, cementing good vibes in NYC for Jets fans. Breece Hall finished off his rookie season averaging 5.8 yards per carry, a stat line that should come as a shock to absolutely zero Big 12 fans. Hall totaled 681 all-purpose yards on 99 touches and found his way into the endzone five times in seven games.
Hall and the Jets continue their story on September 11th when they kick off the NFL’s regular season with a match against division rival Josh Allen, and the defending AFC East champion Buffalo Bills.