Aaron Rodgers says psychedelics are the reason for his best NFL seasons

Aaron Rodgers may be the greatest quarterback of all time, but he’s come off as an absolute jerk every time he’s opened his mouth for the past two years. Rodgers is the guy who intentionally misled the media about his vaccine status, spread Covid misinformation, spoke constantly in the national media about being a victim of cancel culture, and for some reason told the world that he liked to put oil in his butt. It goes without saying that it’s important to have a healthy dose of skepticism whenever he speaks into a microphone.

Rodgers did another interview this week and talked about how he had arguably the best two seasons of his career in his late 30s. Rodgers said the secret to his success was a psychedelic experience with the ayahuasca plant which led him to have consecutive MVP seasons in 2020 and 2021.

Rodgers appeared on the Aubrey Marcus podcast and talked about his experience with psychedelics, from taking magic mushrooms on the beach with his friends (what Rodgers called one of the best days of his life) to his experience of ingesting ayahuasca. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

Rodgers talks about going to Machu Picchu with ex-girlfriend Danica Patrick just before the pandemic hit. After climbing the mountain, Rodgers took ayahuasca and had a powerful psychedelic experience.

Rodgers explained how psychedelics helped his mental health:

We talk so much about mental health. Marshawn Lynch held a classic retirement press conference to talk about taking care of your mind. We talk so much about mental health, and for me, one of the biggest tenets of your mental health is self-love. That’s what ayahuasca did for me. It helped me see how to love myself unconditionally. It is only in this unconditional self-love that I am truly able to love others unconditionally. What better way to work on my sanity than to have an experience like this. The greatest gift I can give my teammates is to show up and be someone who can show them unconditional love. Obviously it’s important that I play well and that I show up and run it all. But they won’t care what you say until they know how much you care.

Rodgers said taking ayahuasca felt like having “100 different hands on my body.” Side effects of taking it include losing control of your bowels and vomiting all over, which Marcus says isn’t inaccurate. If you’re an Aaron Rodgers hater, at least it’s a happy visual.

While Rodgers spews a lot of trash, having a psychedelic experience in an attempt to improve his mental health is one of the most reasonable things he’s said in recent years. He might need another shocking trip this year without Davante Adams. For as useful as psychedelics can be to some people, throwing passes to the league’s best wide receiver is a bit more convenient if you’re an NFL quarterback.

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