The Green Bay Packers have the reigning NFL MVP waiting for them at quarterback this season, but the complexities of Aaron Rodgers’ personality extend far beyond the lines of the football field.
The NFL has not released any statement on the quarterback since revealing on a podcast Wednesday that he used an herbal hallucinogen called ayahuasca during his 2020 visit to South America.
It’s unclear what, if any, punitive powers the league has at its disposal via its code of conduct policy, especially since Rodgers was only a verbal admission about drug-related activity that took place years ago on another continent. However, the United States government classifies ayahuasca as a Schedule I drug, which puts it in the same category as heroin, LSD (commonly known as acid), ecstasy, and marijuana.
Ayahuasca also contains an NFL banned substance known as DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine). This fact could potentially open a different Pandora’s box for Rodgers, although any attempt by the NFL to punish him for such a violation would not be backed by a positive drug test – unless the QB continued to using the hallucinogen since returning from South America and subsequently testing positive.
If Rodgers misses games in 2022 for any reason, former first-round pick and third-year quarterback Jordan Love would fill center.
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Ex-NFL player suggests league unhappy with Rodgers
Shannon Sharpe, a former NFL tight end and prominent Fox sports analyst, spoke to TMZ Sports on Friday and said he thinks Rodgers may have gotten himself into trouble with commissioner Roger Goodell by admitting drug use.
I don’t know if the NFL is too happy that he’s taking hallucinogens. I’m sure the commissioner will contact him and have a conversation with him. I’m sure the NFL will probably call him and say, “That’s not pretty.”
[Rodgers’ use of ayahuasca] seems weird to me. But anything that helps a person become a better person and find their inner self is fine with me.
Packers’ QB Rodgers says drug use led to career-best seasons
Rodgers opened up about his use of the hallucinogen and how it helped him become a more successful football player on the Aug. 3 edition of the Aubrey Marcus Podcast.
The reason the experience was helpful, Rodgers continued, is that it allowed him to “love [himself] unconditionally. He said the results were improved mental health and improved relationships with co-workers, which Rodgers directly credits with helping him win back-to-back MVP awards over the past two seasons.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence. I really do not know. I don’t really believe in coincidences at this point. It is the universe that causes things to happen when they are supposed to happen.
The [are] signs and synchronicities all around us at all times – if we’re awake enough to see them and take them in and listen to our intuition when it’s talking to us or pounding on our head saying, “Hey, silly, that’s what you are supposed to do.
Whatever the reason, it’s hard to argue that his last two seasons haven’t been the best of Rodgers’ career. He was selected to the Pro Bowl and named First-Team All Pro both years while leading the entire league in QB standings.
During those two campaigns, Rodgers also had 8,414 passing yards and 85 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. He also rushed for 250 yards and six touchdowns.
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