Green Bay Packers quarterback and reigning Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers has had a big midweek considering he hasn't played since last Sunday and his team already owns the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. He spent time lashing out at an MVP voter who called him "the biggest jerk in the league," and he teased he could remain with the Packers for at least another season after his relationship with the club seemed damaged beyond repair over the summer.
Rodgers was the key figure of one more story before the weekend.
As Mike Florio noted for Pro Football Talk, former NFL quarterback and current WFAN personality Boomer Esiason shared on his radio program that an alleged source informed him that Rodgers could potentially boycott playing in the Super Bowl, assuming the Packers qualify for the big game, over the league's COVID-19 protocols.
Rodgers missed a contest in November after he tested positive for the coronavirus as an unvaccinated player:
Boomer Esiason received a text from a trusted source which indicates that Aaron Rodgers will threaten to boycott the Super Bowl, should the Packers make it that far.#GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/8ycIyJzqKN— Funhouse (@BackAftaThis) January 7, 2022
It appears, however, that Esiason and company were victims of a hoax:
Before this gets even more out of control, here is more context to the text Boomer got about Aaron Rodgers. By the end of our discussion we all came to the conclusion that we believed it was a prank. pic.twitter.com/fNtDgQsWJP— Gregg Giannotti (@GioWFAN) January 7, 2022
Rodgers took to Twitter Friday to mock the original report via not-safe-for-work hashtags and other posts:
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said earlier on Friday Rodgers wishes to play in Sunday's game at the Detroit Lions, which means nothing to Green Bay as it pertains to the postseason bracket, because the signal-caller "wants to keep the momentum going." Needless to say, one could bet the future Hall of Famer cares more about claiming a second Super Bowl ring than about how the NFL tests players for COVID-19 this winter or later this year.