Aaron Rodgers Calls Report He'd Boycott Super Bowl 'The Dumbest S--t I've Heard'

Erin WalshJanuary 11, 2022

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JANUARY 09: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on January 09, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
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Boomer Esiason said last week a trusted source told him that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could threaten to boycott the Super Bowl, if his team were to make it there, over the NFL's COVID-19 rules.

During his weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers responded to the rumor, calling it "the dumbest s--t I've heard." 

"I've given a lot less f--ks the last couple years, but one thing I do give a major f--k about is narratives about me, especially ones that are so ridiculously off base," Rodgers said. "And this one was pure comedy for me."

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

"You think I would boycott the Super Bowl?? You don't know me so stop talking as if you do know me" ~<a href="https://twitter.com/AaronRodgers12?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AaronRodgers12</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PatMcAfeeShowLIVE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE</a> <a href="https://t.co/oLSuyfB1v4">pic.twitter.com/oLSuyfB1v4</a>

Esiason's cohost, Gregg Giannotti, later tweeted that they believed the text was a prank. However, Rodgers still made it known that he wasn't happy about the rumor by mocking it in a tweet. 

Gregg Giannotti @GioWFAN

Before this gets even more out of control, here is more context to the text Boomer got about Aaron Rodgers. By the end of our discussion we all came to the conclusion that we believed it was a prank. <a href="https://t.co/fNtDgQsWJP">pic.twitter.com/fNtDgQsWJP</a>

Aaron Rodgers @AaronRodgers12

“he’s told <a href="https://twitter.com/jordan3love?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jordan3love</a> to be ready” 😂😂😂<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/directcircle?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#directcircle</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/dumbestfuckingstoryever?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#dumbestfuckingstoryever</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/fakenews?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#fakenews</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/boycottfakenews?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#boycottfakenews</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/boycottbums?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#boycottbums</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/boycottshoes?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#boycottshoes</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/boycottwaterfalls?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#boycottwaterfalls</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/boycottAJsmokingcigars?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#boycottAJsmokingcigars</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/boycottLafleursBrows?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#boycottLafleursBrows</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/boycottGutchies?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#boycottGutchies</a> <a href="https://t.co/rhuyV2mnIN">https://t.co/rhuyV2mnIN</a>

The notion that Rodgers would boycott the Super Bowl because of the NFL's COVID-19 protocols is quite ridiculous. The Packers haven't won or reached the Super Bowl since the 2010 season, which is Rodgers' only title. If Green Bay were to reach the championship, Rodgers would obviously play. 

The 38-year-old is also having another impressive season after winning the MVP award in 2021. He completed 68.9 percent of his passes for 4,115 yards, 37 touchdowns and four interceptions during the regular season to help the Packers clinch the NFC's No. 1 seed. 

In addition, Rodgers could be in his final season with the Packers. His future in Green Bay has been up in the air since before the 2021 season began after he held out of offseason workouts because of his displeasure with general manager Brian Gutekunst's handling of the team, among other things. 

Rodgers and the Packers are primed to make a deep postseason run. Another Super Bowl victory would cement Rodgers' status as the best quarterback in Packers' history and would help drive up his price tag entering the 2022 campaign.

The Packers reached the NFC Championship Game last season, but fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-26.