Having a standing appointment on the wildly popular The Pat McAfee Show helps his cause in that regard, but even if he wasn’t a regular, his rather scathing remarks about NFL insider Adam Schefter were bound to make some news.
To be fair to Rodgers, honesty has really been his calling card in 2021. From being open about pondering retirement to being brutally honest about his relationship with the Packers front office, nothing has been off the table.
That now includes the athletic form, or lack thereof, of arguably the NFL’s most well-known reporter.
The Lambeau Leap is legendary in Green Bay — Adam Schefer’s version of it isn’t
In order to understand Rodgers’ comments on Schefter, one has to really understand the moment to which the reigning MVP called back.
Green Bay is a special football town full of both history and tradition. Lambeau Field, the home of the Packers, is literally smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood. People tailgate in their driveways and on their streets because the stadium is mere blocks away in many instances. The people of Green Bay and the team are intertwined, so much so that the team is the only one in the NFL without a traditional owner. Rather, fans are able to buy a piece of the team as a public stock.
There’s nothing like it in sports.
In that context, the Lambeau Leap is a celebration of the team’s connection to the town. It was started by legendary Packers safety LeRoy Butler when he jumped over the retaining wall into the front row after a defensive touchdown created by himself and Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White.
Since that moment, hundreds of Packers have celebrated scores with Lambeau Leaps. Conversely, many opposing players have dared to enter the first row as well, only to be pushed back by the Green Bay faithful and perhaps doused with a stray beer or two.
Rodgers’ comments on Schefter stemmed from the reporter’s own try at the Lambeau Leap during a pregame show in October 2019. Schefter took an awkward run at the end zone wall and jumped, barely making it a quarter of the way up before having to be dragged up by the fans.
Plenty of lowlight Lambeau Leaps have taken place over the years, and Schefter’s poor attempt certainly found its way on that list.
Context is key when analyzing Rodgers’ apparent shot at Schefter
Rodgers is a regular guest on The Pat McAfee Show, and his segments, known as “Aaron Rodgers Tuesdays” have become known for a candid conversation about football and Rodgers’ life.
In this segment, Rodgers delved into everything from his budding “bromance” with Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin to his thoughts on the rather subpar officiating that’s been rampant throughout the league this season. Specifically, Rodgers spent time discussing a play against the Steelers in which he was tripped by star defensive end T.J. Watt, only to have the call overturned.
Rodgers lamented that for a moment he was worried that he actually wasn’t tripped (he was), but rather that he was becoming unathletic enough to think he got tripped, while really falling over himself in the latter stages of his career.
He went on to discuss a touchdown run he had in the second quarter of the game that found him in the Green Bay end zone with a potential Lambeau Leap looming in his future. Teammate Randall Cobb motioned for Rodgers to jump into the stands as he has many times in the past, but the MVP had other ideas.
“I said, ‘Uh uh, that’s way too high,'” Rodgers explained to McAfee. “That’s too high. I can’t do it.”
Rodgers apologized to the front row and joked that he just wasn’t ready to make the jump. That’s when McAfee exclaimed that he was tired of hearing Rodgers count himself out, wondering if he had tripped himself or if he was unable to make the Lambeau Leap.
The show host then put some hypothetical thoughts into Rodgers’ head, and the quarterback’s true thoughts on Schefter were soon revealed.
“I didn’t mention it looking like an unathletic, weak-chinned, no-ass [guy].”Aaron Rodgers on Adam Schefter
Fantastic. Rodgers has never had a problem calling out the NFL “experts,” so this shouldn’t have been a real shock to anyone.
Schefter vs. Rodgers could be the NFL’s next great feud
Remember, it was Schefter who originally reported on ESPN that the quarterback wanted out of Green Bay — doing so on the night of the NFL draft. It was also Schefter who admitted to Dan Patrick that he didn’t have a particular source on the draft-night story that sent Green Bay’s offseason into turmoil.
Rather, Schefter admitted, he reported that Rodgers wanted out of Green bay due to an “accumulation of information” throughout the offseason. He just so happened to file that report on draft night.
It is important to realize that Rodgers is known as a bit of a prankster and a jokester. His segment on The Pat McAfee Show is also known for being loose and rather funny at times. It’s not a typical public relations stop you see most quarterbacks make, and that’s made Rodgers’ appearances quite a hit among both Packers fans and NFL fans alike.
Likely, this was all just a joke and there is no true beef between the NFL’s top reporter and its most talented quarterback.
With that said, one can’t help but connect the dots to Rodgers’ tumultuous offseason with the Green Bay front office.