Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers petitioned the NFL over the summer to have an alternate treatment count as him being vaccinated against COVID-19.
It’s not clear what alternative treatment Rodgers was supporting.
The NFL ultimately ruled that having the alternate treatment would not allow Rodgers to be considered as someone who was vaccinated against COVID-19.
Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, and will miss the team’s upcoming game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
If you ask a Green Bay Packers fan about Aaron Rodgers, they’ll probably mention a few things. The quarterback has an incredible arm and a knack for completing hail Marys; he’s also a proven winner with a Super Bowl title and an NFL MVP award under his belt. There’s more to Aaron Rodgers, however, than simply playing football.
In a recent ESPN video, some of Rodgers’ former backup shared their insights into the quarterback’s personality. The Green Bay Packers star, it seems, may believe in some controversial conspiracy theories.
Perhaps no story was more bizarre than the one Seneca Wallace told about Rodgers’ apparent belief in “chemtrail” conspiracy theories — the idea that cancer-causing toxins are sprayed by commercial airplanes flying overhead as part of a government plot to control the population, among other things.
“He’s always thinking the crazy conspiracies,” Seneca Wallace explained. “So he’s like, ‘Hey, what do you think all that stuff is flying behind that jet stream? Do you think it has anything to do with maybe why everybody’s getting cancer?’ That’s just kind of his attitude. That’s the way he’s, you know, wired.”
For the record, those ‘chemtrails’ are condensation from the plane’s engines.
Joe Callahan apparently had similar conversations with Rogers but focused on a more ancient topic.
“You could go from talking about football to talking about conspiracies about who built the pyramids,” he explained. “There wasn’t just one subject that we talked about.” While Callahan declined to say who Rodgers thinks built the pyramids, the video implied that he could suspect aliens were involved.
Aaron Rodgers’ unique positions, however, don’t end there. The quarterback also believes that he saw a UFO shortly before joining the Green Bay Packers.
As he explained on Pete Holmes’ You Made It Weird podcast and shared on NFL.com, Rodgers had made the trip to New York City to do some media appearances ahead of the 2005 draft. After his commitments were done, he headed south into New Jersey to link up with his former college teammate, Steve Levy.
The two men had dinner together and, after they were done eating, heard a siren in the distance. Rodgers then noticed something unusual in the sky overhead.
“It was a large orange, left-to-right-moving object. Because of the overcast nature of the night and the snow, you couldn’t make out,” Rodgers explained. “It was behind the clouds we were seeing, but it was definitively large, moving from left to right…It was me, Steve, and his brother that saw it. And it goes out of sight, and we look at each other and go, ‘What in the f— was that?”
After hearing some fighter jets fly overhead, Rodgers began to piece together all the clues. In his mind, everything added up to one conclusion: a UFO.
“Now, if you know anything about UFO sightings or you’ve done research, you know that a lot of times, two things are connected to UFO sightings,” the quarterback continued. “One is the presence of fighter jets. And two, there’s a lot of sightings around nuclear power plants. So to tie it all together, the alarm we heard from 30 miles out was a nuclear power plant that had an alarm that went off.”