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Aaron Rodgers has concerning quote about Packers’ offense

Aaron Rodgers in a hat

Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts following the loss against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers did not exactly signal a lot of optimism in the Green Bay Packers’ offense based on the quote he offered up on Tuesday.

The Packers’ offense has been regularly bested by the defense in training camp thus far, with the offensive line struggling in particular. Rodgers, who had the day off Tuesday, did not exactly sound optimistic that things would change anytime soon when asked when the offense would start beating the defense.

“I don’t know if we’re going to. I mean, they’re a talented bunch,” the Packers’ quarterback said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

On one hand, this could certainly read as Rodgers’ endorsement of the team’s defense. Perhaps that’s the way he meant it. Even if that is the case, it’s hardly a ringing endorsement of the offensive unit, whether Rodgers is leading it or not.

The reality is that the pieces around Rodgers in the Green Bay offense are largely unproven after Davante Adams was traded to the Raiders in the offseason. Only running back Aaron Jones has proven that he can consistently perform at a high level. The team’s potential No. 1 receiver is untested, with just 1,448 career receiving yards to his name. Tight end Robert Tonyan had 11 touchdowns two years ago, but has failed to match that production in his other NFL seasons.

Training camp performances are not everything, but Rodgers may have a long year ahead of him. He is good enough to mask some of the deficiencies, but this is still a bit worrisome.

NFL addresses whether Aaron Rodgers violated drug policy

Aaron Rodgers with his helmet on

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers recently credited an experience with a psychedelic drug for fueling two of the best seasons of his career. After he made that revelation, many wondered whether he was admitting to violating NFL rules. He was not.

Rodgers recently told the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that he had a “magical experience” with ayahuasca, which is a plant that contains the hallucinogenic drug DMT. He said he took the psychedelic during the offseason before both of his most recent MVP campaigns in 2020 and 2021. Rodgers believes the experiences helped him in all facets of life, including on the field.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Monday that ayahuasca is not on the NFL’s banned substance list. For that reason, it would not have triggered a positive result on either the substance abuse or performance-enhancing substance policies that were agreed upon by the NFL and NFL Players’ Association.

It is possible that ayahuasca could be added to the banned substance list in the future, but Rodgers is safe for now. He probably did his research before he took the drug or, at the very least, before he admitted to using it.

Rodgers has become a lot more open about his personal life during the latter part of his career. He even spoke about some of the issues he has had with his family in the same podcast appearance. As long as his honesty does not land him in trouble with the NFL, the Packers are probably fine with it.

Aaron Rodgers considered 1 other profession if not football

Aaron Rodgers ready to throw

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Aaron Rodgers is a 4-time MVP and former Super Bowl champion who will make the Pro Football Hall of Fame the moment he is eligible. Despite his obvious talent and great success in the NFL, Rodgers says he had his doubts about being a professional football player. There was even a time Rodgers thought he might become a lawyer.

Rodgers appeared on an episode of “Pardon My Take” that was released on Monday. In the episode, Rodgers was asked about this potential alternate life where he didn’t pursue football.

Rodgers said he considered studying to become a lawyer because he was so lightly recruited after his senior season of high school. What turned things for him was the Pleasant Valley High School baseball coach prodding Rodgers to come pitch for his team. The baseball coach was Rodgers’ JV football coach and wanted the quarterback to try pitching even though Rodgers hadn’t played baseball since 8th grade.

Rodgers says that was the turning point that got him refocused on pursuing football because it helped stoke his competitive fire.

“Because I came out of the winter, had no offers, and really didn’t know what I was going to do. Obviously, the [junior colleges] in the area wanted me to come play there, but growing up, you don’t dream about playing, you know, JUCO ball. You dream about playing on Saturdays on ABC with Keith Jackson calling your games. You’re not thinking about playing at Cowan Stadium in Oroville, California in front of 500 people,” Rodgers said.

“But playing baseball that spring really kind of gave me my competitive fire back, and I played in this All-Star football game that summer. And I say ‘All-Star’ very lightly, because it was in Northern California, kind of North-South, there were only a few of us from that game who went on to play in college. But that kind of gave me my fire back. I went to Junior College at Butte, had a fantastic time, still very close with my coaches there, and then the rest is kind of history.”

Playing baseball as a senior in high school is what helped Rodgers turn things around. He went on to play football in the fall of 2002 for Butte College. Cal coach Jeff Tedford discovered Rodgers and recruited him to play for the Bears. Rodgers enjoyed success at Cal in 2003 and put together an incredible season there in 2004 before entering the NFL Draft.

The Green Bay Packers then took Rodgers in the first round in 2005. They sure are lucky the world got Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback rather than Aaron Rodgers, Esq.

Aaron Rodgers discusses relationship with ex-girlfriend Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick before a race

May 27, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick dated for about two years before they split in 2020. The Green Bay Packers star has said very little publicly about the relationship since, but it sounds like he has fond memories of the time the two spent together.

During his wide-ranging interview with the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that was released this week, Rodgers brought up his relationship with Patrick. He said the former NASCAR driver was “great” for him and that the two connected on a spiritual level.

“I was dating Danica, and that relationship was great for me because she is on her own journey and spirituality is important to her,” Rodgers said, per Francesca Bacardi of Page Six. “We both were finding our way, learning about different things [and] practicing meditation techniques.”

Many have speculated that there is bad blood between Rodgers and Patrick. Part of that stems from the fact that Rodgers seemed to quickly move on after splitting with Patrick when he got engaged to actress Shailene Woodley just months later. Though, Rodgers and Woodley have since also called it quits.

Patrick has spoken openly about having high dating standards in the wake of her split with Rodgers. She and entrepreneur Carter Comstock also called it quits earlier this year. Rodgers seems to think highly of Danica, but we would not count on any rekindling of that flame.

Aaron Rodgers reveals how psychedelic experience helped his career

Aaron Rodgers in a hat

Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts following the loss against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers had one of the best seasons of his career last year en route to his second consecutive NFL MVP award. While most players his age attribute their success to dietary changes and new workout routines, Rodgers says something a bit less common has helped him over the past two years — psychedelic drugs.

Rodgers joined the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” for an episode published on Wednesday. The interview was centered around Rodgers’ “challenging journey to self love and mental health.” One of the things Rodgers spoke about was his experiences with ayahuasca, which is a plant that contains the hallucinogenic drug DMT. Rodgers told Marcus that he does not believe it is a coincidence that he won back-to-back MVP awards after taking the psychedelic.

“The fear around it is, you’re going to s— yourself, it’s just a big throw-up fest … but the negative framework of it is that is the experience, not the deep and meaningful and crazy mind-expanding possibilities and also deep self-love and healing that can happen on the other side,” Rodgers said, via TMZ. “I had a magical experience with the sensation of feeling a hundred different hands on my body imparting a blessing of love and forgiveness for myself and gratitude for this life from what seemed to be my ancestors.”

Rodgers credits ayahuasca with allowing him to “unconditionally love myself” and that he felt like he was waking up for the first time after the experience. He said using the psychedelic has helped him in all facets of his life.

“To be way more free at work, as a leader, as a teammate, as a friend, as a lover,” Rodgers added. “I really feel like that experience paved the way for me to have the best season of my career.”

The 38-year-old said a prior experience taking mushrooms inspired him to try ayahuasca. The Green Bay Packers star called that day one of the best of his life and said he laid on a beach and “felt myself merge with the ocean.”

During the same interview, Rodgers offered some interesting commentary on the issues he has had with his family.

Rodgers has an incredible 85 touchdown passes compared to just nine interceptions over the past two seasons. If he thinks a plant with psychedelic properties made that possible, Packers fans are probably hoping he keeps at it.

Aaron Rodgers addresses whether he will reconcile with his family

Aaron Rodgers with his helmet on

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers recently addressed his situation with his family, from whom he is estranged.

Rodgers joined the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” for an episode published on Wednesday. The Green Bay Packers quarterback did not give a standard interview. Rather, the interview focused on Rodgers’ “challenging journey to self love and mental health.”

Late in the interview, Rodgers discussed flaws and things for which he is grateful. Marcus asked Rodgers about the QB’s relationship with his estranged family. Rodgers said that he thought he could reconcile with his family at some point.

“I do believe in healing and do I believe in the possibility of reconciliation at some point,” Rodgers said. “But it’s a different journey for all of us. And to judge on the outside about what should be or what it should look like, or who’s wrong or who’s right, is just a game I’ve never wanted to play and still don’t want to play.

“The most important thing is for me is deep love and gratitude for them, and for the lessons I learned, and for the way I was raised, and hope for the future.”

“But, who knows what that future is gonna look like, when it’s gonna look like, when time is gonna come. But I have no bitterness in my heart. I have no resentment. I just have deep love and appreciation for the lessons that I learned, and the fact that if I hadn’t been raised that way — all the good and all the frustrating — there’s no way I’d be sitting here today.”

So, Rodgers still will not elaborate on the nature of his issues with his family. But he says he has respect and appreciation for them raising him. He also is open to a future reconciliation.

Rodgers’ brother, Jordan, said in 2016 that Aaron’s relationship with the family was strained. The two brothers reportedly had a blowup that led to the family drama. Some of the disagreement between Rodgers and his family may center around religion.

Rodgers has continued to live his life apart from his family. Perhaps one day the sides will work things out.

H/T TMZ Sports

Aaron Rodgers trolls Davante Adams with funny comment

Aaron Rodgers throws a ball

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) prepares to throw the ball in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers had some fun with ex-teammate Davante Adams while speaking with the media on Wednesday.

Rodgers talked with the media in front of his locker a day after reporting to Packers training camp. The Green Bay quarterback spoke about Allen Lazard becoming the team’s No. 1 receiver.

“I mean it’s always tough going from Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer,” Rodgers joked. “From Davante to Allen, it’s gonna be a transition, but he’s capable of a lot.”

Lazard obviously is nowhere near being on a Hall of Fame track. But Rodgers was just using the same line that Adams had used when talking about going from Rodgers to Derek Carr.

Carr might be closer to a Hall of Fame career than Lazard, but neither player is anywhere close to making it to Canton. At least Rodgers can have some fun with it. And we will see whether Lazard comes close to matching Adams’ production in Green Bay, and whether Adams can replicate his success on a new team.

Aaron Rodgers showed up to training camp in incredible outfit

Aaron Rodgers with his helmet on

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers has undergone some serious image changes in recent years, and he may have finally revealed his true inspiration when he arrived at training camp.

Rodgers showed up to Green Bay Packers training camp on Tuesday looking exactly like Cameron Poe, who was Nicolas Cage’s character in the 1997 hit film “Con Air.” The resemblance was uncanny.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the movie, here’s a side-by-side of Rodgers and Poe:

That was clearly intentional. Rodgers has been widely mocked for the tattoo he got this offseason, but he obviously doesn’t care. He seems to be just going with it at this point.

Patrick Mahomes’ new tattoo much different than Aaron Rodgers’ first

Patrick Mahomes throwing

Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes is the latest NFL quarterback to get some new ink before the 2022 season, and it is safe to say that his new tattoo is much different than Aaron Rodgers’ first one.

Rodgers shared an image on Instagram in July that depicted what he said was his first tattoo. The piece, which appeared to be on the inside of Rodgers’ left forearm, had a mix of different symbols. The tattoo included two male lion heads in addition to an open eye and what looked to be astrology symbols (seen here).

Mahomes showed off his new tattoo on Friday, which covers most of his lower left leg, in three separate posts on his Instagram story. On his shin, Mahomes had an image of a person walking up a flight of stairs towards a large cross. On the inner portion of his leg was a a handprint and footprint that looked to be modeled after those from his daughter, Sterling Skye Mahomes. A red rose was tattooed onto Mahomes’ back ankle right by his Achilles tendon. The 26-year-old referred to the piece as a “work in progress.”

While Mahomes’ new ink seems pretty straight forward, Rodgers’ tattoo appeared to be something that one controversial NBA star might understand.

Was Aaron Rodgers’ tattoo set up by his new girlfriend Blu of Earth?

Aaron Rodgers ready to throw

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Aaron Rodgers shared photos on Instagram Wednesday of what he said was his first tattoo. The design featured fine lines and circles as well as multiple zodiac signs. The work was large and elaborate, and led to many jokes (seen here).

There is reason to believe that the tattoo was the product of Rodgers’ newest relationship.

Rodgers and ex-girlfriend Shailene Woodley broke up in April for good. The Green Bay Packers quarterback is rumored to be dating a woman who goes by the Instagram name of “Blu of Earth.” Blu, whose real name said to be Charlotte Brereton, is into spiritual stuff.

What’s interesting is that in 2019, Blu shared a photo on Instagram of a tattoo she got on her arm. The design is extremely similar to the one seen on Rodgers’ arm. The designs are similar colors, styles and size, and they both are also located on the forearm. Oh yeah, both designs were done by the same tattoo artist — Balazs Bercsenyi.

Here is the design on Blu’s arm:

That looks very similar to Rodgers’ tattoo.

The tattoo seems to be further confirmation that Rodgers has not only linked up with Blu, but also been influenced by her to get his first tattoo.