There's a Rumor That Aaron Rodgers Will Threaten to Skip Super Bowl LVI If the Packers Make It (UPDATE)

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There’s a Rumor That Aaron Rodgers Will Threaten to Skip Super Bowl LVI If the Packers Make It (UPDATE)

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It’s been a big rumor week for Boomer Esiason, especially when it comes to news coming out of the NFC North.

Earlier this week, Esiason said he was told by a source that Matt Nagy was told that Sunday’s game against the Vikings will be his last as Bears head coach. And while we’ve been down that road before, signs continue to point to Nagy’s pending dismissal. It feels like it’s only a matter of time. Just as it was on a matter of time before some new Aaron Rodgers drama hit our feeds.

Have you caught wind of this one yet? It’s a doozy.

New year, same Rodgers? (Despite promises to the contrary.)

In the video above, Boomer Esiason gives his phone to his producer to read a text message. In the message, per the reading by producer Gio: “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.”

Firstly, the Packers need to make the Super Bowl before this conversation kicks into high gear. And it also hinges on the league not tweaking protocols ahead of Super Bowl week.

Secondly, I might go on a limb and consider it a net positive if Green Bay made it to the Super Bowl, only to have to start Jordan Love with minimal experience in the biggest game of his life. Talk about throwing a young pup to the wolves! Humor and schadenfreude potential: high.

And finally, if Rodgers threatens to not play in Super Bowl LVI and decides to sit out in 2022, then I’ll consider that a major win. As a Bears fan, if I didn’t have to watch Rodgers rip my heart out twice a year, my life would be better for it.

PFT’s Mike Florio highlights one protocol that Rodgers could be hoping to change:

“Currently, all unvaccinated players (like Rodgers) are tested daily, regardless of symptoms. Rodgers continues to experience a 90-day “testing holiday” after his positive diagnosis in November. His daily testing window reopens two days after the NFC Championship, if the Packers are still alive.”

Maybe Rodgers is tweaking about the expiration of the protection window (that would be the first game he could miss). Imagine getting all the way to the Super Bowl, only to be unavailable due to COVID protocols. Actions have consequences. And so do inactions. But sitting out of the biggest game of your life to make a point about health and safety protocols in Year 3 of a global pandemic would be something.

Admittedly, we’re a ways away from seeing how this plays out. Rodgers ACTUALLY sitting out the Super Bowl seems really unlikely, but threatening to and then going on to play, perhaps?

Anyway, that it’s already on our radar adds to the pile of annoyances caused by the guy wearing No. 12 in the mustard and relish color jerseys. Will his reign of terror ever end?

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UPDATE: Unsurprisingly, Rodgers is denying the rumor in his own way:

I don’t know what shoes did in this scenario, but in any case, Rodgers refutes the Boomer rumor. Does that mean Rodgers never discussed anything like this? Does that mean he doesn’t kinda like when this stuff gets out so that he gets to tweet things like that? We may never know …



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.