The Green Bay Packers’ trade of Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets this past offseason was one of the biggest and most-documented stories of the year. From the moment the 2022 NFL season ended with a Rodgers interception against the Detroit Lions at home in Lambeau Field, there were rumors, fake reports, real reports, and, overall, just a huge cloud of uncertainty and intrigue surrounding Rodgers and his future with the Packers.
Of course, we all know how it ended: Green Bay traded him to the New York Jets for a 2023 first round pick swap, 2023 second round pick, and a conditional 2024 second round pick. That 2024 pick, as every Packers fan is highly aware of, could have turned into a first round pick had Rodgers played 65% of the Jets’ offensive snaps this season.
Of course, that did not happen. Rodgers tore his Achilles four snaps into his season with New York and effectively was deemed out for the year. However, Rodgers has been making amazing progress and there are some (including the future Hall of Famer himself) who believe that he could return to the field yet this season.
Given the speed of Rodgers’ recovery, there are some out there that are starting to spin some pretty wild conspiracy theories regarding his injury, and whether or not it was real.
A Wild Conspiracy Theory in Which Aaron Rodgers and Adam Schefter Worked Together to Battle Science
Believe it or not, there are some out there that believe that Rodgers’ injury was faked. That’s right: Rodgers did not really tear his Achilles and has been talking about unconventional healing methods instead of what mainstream doctors’ advice for recovery would be.
And why would he do this? Because he wants to declare war on Science:
“Is it crazy to wonder if he (Aaron Rodgers) never actually tore his achilles?…” – @billygil
— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) November 7, 2023
Some highlights from this conspiracy rant, which may have been given in jest, include:
- Rodgers came up with the idea to “suffer” a season-ending injury while on his darkness retreat
- He privately told Adam Schefter they would have a “public feud” so no one would suspect Schefter’s involvement
- Rodgers wore a prosthetic device on his leg that imitated the motion of an Achilles tear.
- Had Schefter break the news of his Achilles tear and his plan for recovery.
- Rodgers then went on vacation to France.
As mentioned, it appears that this theory was given in jest, at least one hopes that it was.
That being said, there is a great deal of irony that Rodgers’ injury now has a conspiracy theory surrounding it when he himself is a well-known conspiracy theorist.