The San Diego Chargers have become the undisputed kings of the coming season hype video. Every team puts together a promo video to coincide with the NFL’s schedule release, but none do it quite as well as The Chargers.
For the second straight year, the team released an anime-style video that was high on creativity and brimming with subtle (and not so subtle) shots at upcoming opponents.
This time around, while previewing their Week 11 matchup with the Green Bay Packers, they took some sideways shots at the recently departed Aaron Rodgers.
In a very brief flash of a moment (and you’ll need to pause the video to see any of the details), it shows Rodgers in what could be surmised as one of his infamous darkness retreats. A faint, flickering light allows a glimpse at some of the fun hidden details on the wall behind him.
There’s a to-do list with the following listed:
Another McAfee intv
Do my own research
Schedule Ayahuasca appt.
Next to that is a wish list, referencing a report from ESPN’s Dianna Russini this past March that Rodgers had given his, at the time, wannabe new team, the Jets, a list of free agents he wanted them to sign. In this clip of the video, the wish list names “Lazard” and “Cobb,” but has “OBJ” crossed out. ‘OBJ,” of course, is in reference to Odell Beckham Jr., who opted to skip over the Jets and sign with the Baltimore Ravens in April.
Over the to-do list is the now infamous Brett Favre quote from back when the Packers drafted Rodgers in 2005: “My contract doesn’t say I have to get Aaron Rodgers ready to play.”
There’s also a kids-style San Francisco 49ers logo right behind Rodgers, referencing Rodgers’ fan status of the 49ers as a child.
On the bottom-right corner of the briefly-lit video clip is a drawing of Rodgers, Favre, and Jordan Love, with all three having arrows pointing to a Green Bay Packers logo. Rodgers and Favre, meanwhile, point to a Jets logo.
The Packers team, itself, got off pretty light. All the video showed for their Week 11 game was a picture of a palace adorned with cheese wedges.
All in all, kudos to the San Diego Chargers for their creativity and for being able to pack so many digs into such a brief video clip.
Here’s the link to the video so you can see for yourself:
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— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) May 12, 2023
SAN DIEGO?!? What?