When it comes to NFL stars that seem to generate news material on a daily basis, seemingly without veracity, Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers takes some beating. The veteran quarterback was the subject of a great deal of speculation with regards to his future at the Arrowhead Stadium last summer but stuck around and has been in fine form thus far this season.
Now, however, there is bizarre speculation circulating that suggests the 38-year-old might boycott the upcoming Super Bowl next month. Rodgers has helped the Packers to a 13-4 regular-season record, which has helped them safely through to the postseason.
The Packers are now the big favorites to win the Super Bowl on February 13th, which takes place at the SoFi Stadium in California, and you can see on Sidelines they can be backed at (+380) to win their first title since 2010, and Rodgers has been a big part of that.
Rodgers has racked up 4115 passing yards and thrown 37 touchdowns and amazingly only four interceptions in a solid season that has seen him become the big favorite to land the NFL MVP award for what would be the fourth occasion.
However, an unfounded story was run by sports commentator Boomer Esiason, who stated that he’d received a text message from Rodgers stating he would boycott the Super Bowl due to the league’s coronavirus rules.
Esiason’s co-host, Gio Giannottia, stated;
“Boom, the Rodgers saga continues to get crazier and crazier,”
“I’ve been told by multiple people in Aaron’s direct circle that if the Packers make the Super Bowl, he will use the week leading up to the Super Bowl to prove a major point.”
“He will threaten the NFL by saying he won’t play in the big game, or next season, if they don’t eliminate some of the COVID-related rules,”
“One big one that upsets him the most is the testing of non-symptomatic players.”
Giannottia then added;
“Like you said, he’s got to make it first, but Super Bowl week will be set on fire and send [NFL Commissioner Roger] Goodell into a frenzy,”
They even went as far as to speculate that Rodgers had forewarned his potential Super Bowl replacement, Jordan Love, of the plans he had made in the event of Green Bay going all the way to the showpiece event.
Rodgers swiftly responded to the story in a very direct manner;
“Dumbest f—ing story ever,” via a tweet that included laughing emojis.
Though the story is, of course, completely bogus and without foundation, the simple fact that it relates to Rodgers was enough for many to believe, albeit for a few seconds, that it could be accurate.
Rodgers is definitely in a better place today than he was over the offseason when he was concerned with the Packers organization’s plans and the addition of Jordan Love as a back-up QB, but after guiding Green Bay to 13 straight wins, an NFL record, there’s every chance the season will indeed end with a Super Bowl appearance.