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Getty Aaron Rodgers before Capital One's The Match in 2022.

The Green Bay Packers have the reigning NFL MVP lining up for them at quarterback this season, but the complexities of Aaron Rodgers‘ personality extend well beyond the lines of the football field.

The NFL has not issued any statement on the quarterback since he revealed during a podcast Wednesday that he used a plant-based hallucinogenic called ayahuasca while visiting South America in 2020.

It is not clear what punishing powers, if any, the league has at its disposal via its code of conduct policy, especially considering that Rodgers’ was only a verbal admission about drug activity that took place years ago on a different continent. However, the United States government classifies ayahuasca as a Schedule I drug, which places it in the same category with heroin, LSD (commonly known as acid), ecstasy and marijuana.

Ayahuasca also contains a substance banned by the NFL known as DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine). That fact could potentially open up a different can of worms for Rodgers, though any attempt by the NFL to punish him for such violation would not be supported by a positive drug test — unless the QB has continued using the hallucinogen since returning from South America and tests positive subsequently.

Were Rodgers to miss any games in 2022 for whatever reason, former first-round draft pick and third-year backup quarterback Jordan Love would fill in under center.

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Former NFL Player Suggests League is Unhappy With Rodgers

GettyShannon Sharpe after being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 5, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Shannon Sharpe, a former NFL tight end and prominent sports analyst on Fox, spoke to TMZ Sports on Friday and said he believes Rodgers may have made himself some trouble with commissioner Roger Goodell by admitting drug use.

I don’t know the NFL is too happy about him taking hallucinogenics. I’m sure the commissioner is going to reach out and have a conversation with him. I’m sure the NFL is probably going to give him a call and say, “That’s not a good look.”

[Rodgers’ use of ayahuasca] seems weird to me. But whatever helps a person become a better person and find his inner-self, I’m cool with it.

Packers’ QB Rodgers Said Drug Use Led to Best Seasons of Career

GettyQuarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers looks on during a timeout in the fourth quarter of a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rodgers opened up about his use of the hallucinogenic and how it helped him become a more successful football player as part of the August 3 edition of the Aubrey Marcus Podcast.

The reason the experience was useful, Rodgers continued, is because it allowed him to “love [himself] unconditionally.” He said the results were improved mental health and improved relationships with his colleagues, which Rodgers credited directly with helping him win consecutive MVP Awards over the last two seasons.

Aaron Rodgers’ Challenging Journey To Self Love & Mental Health | Aubrey Marcus PodcastIn a sports world where every word and every action is scrutinized by pundits and bloggers alike, it is rare that an athlete at the top of the game shares the raw and vulnerable truth. On this unprecedented podcast, Super Bowl winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers opens up with radical authenticity about his challenging journey to…2022-08-03T12:54:47Z

I don’t think it’s a coincidence. I really don’t. I don’t really believe in coincidences at this point. It’s the universe bringing things to happen when they’re supposed to happen.

There [are] signs and synchronicities all around us at all times — if we’re awake enough to see them and to take them in and to listen to our intuition when it’s speaking to us or pounding us in the head saying, “Hey dummy, this is what you’re supposed to be doing.”

Whatever the reason, it is 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 a First-Team All Pro both years while leading the entire league in QB rating.

Over those two campaigns, Rodgers also racked up 8,414 passing yards and 85 touchdowns compared to only nine interceptions. He also rushed for 250 yards and six touchdowns.

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Ravens rookie OT Daniel Faalele, who spent the summer at the team facility, is coming along by leaps and bounds

Ravens rookie offensive tackle Daniel Faalele knew the NFL was going to be harder than the college. But one thing he wasn’t prepared for was the Maryland weather.

“I didn’t expect Baltimore to be this humid,” joked Faalele, a fourth-round draft pick in April.

To better handle the grueling summer practices, Faaelele spent the six-week break between mandatory minicamp and training camp at the team’s facility in Owings Mills. The extra preparation appears to have helped the lineman, as offensive coordinator Greg Roman said the former Minnesota standout is coming along by “leaps and bounds.”

“I’m really happy with him,” Roman said. “I think he took a step by staying here after our offseason program and working with our strength and conditioning staff and whatnot here. I really think that allowed him to come into training camp in much better shape, and ready to compete.”

Roman said Faalele’s decision to stay showed maturity and a willingness to compete immediately at the highest level. “An arrow up for him,” he added.

For Faalele, it was a way to show he was committed to himself and his teammates. Although the workouts were tough, he said the work he put in helped him pass the team’s conditioning test at the start of camp.

Faaelele, who grew up in Melbourne, Australia, is an imposing figure. The former rugby player is one of the biggest players in the league, standing at 6 feet 8 and weighing 380 pounds. Some lineman of that size have difficulty bending and adjusting to the speed of the NFL. Roman, however, isn’t worried about that.

“I have to be honest with you, with Daniel, he’s not stiff at all,” Roman said. “He’s very flexible; he bends well. He can play with a flat back for a guy his size, which is fairly remarkable. He has excellent feet. He has to continue to work and learn how to play this game at this level.”

During the Ravens’ 23-10 preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Faalele crossed a personal milestone by playing in his first NFL game. He said the game and his performance — he played 63 snaps, the second most on the team, and cleared the way for running back Mike Davis to score a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter — gave him confidence that the work he’s putting in is paying off.

“I was able to get more comfortable with the game and how it flows,” he said.

Faalele mentioned his biggest takeaway from his debut was that he wants to have a lower pad level, especially in the run game. “I felt like I wasn’t using all my strength and power to displace the linemen in combinations and stuff,” he said. “So, [I will] definitely take that moving forward.”

Roman said Faalele is like other rookies, as he still has a lot to learn, but he’s shown so far enough to get Roman excited about his potential within the offensive line.

“When we get him and another one of our big guys double-teaming a three-technique … Warms my heart,” Roman said.


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