During an unbalanced relationship against Bears on Sunday Night FootballThe Packers offense decided to get a little creative after touching down before the break.
Green Bay led 24-7 in the second half after Aaron Rodgers hit Allen Lazard for five yards with 32 seconds left in the second quarter. Lazard, whose SNF appearance was his first of the season after missing the first week with an ankle injury, was met by Aaron Jones in the end zone before falling a few steps back as his teammates began to gather around him.
The fifth-year receiver then simulated pouring a drink into the hands of each of his teammates, who pretended to faint after taking a “sip,” before showing Rodgers waving his arms and bringing Lazard for a bear hug at the end of the sequence.
When the eye-opening celebration started making waves on social media, several Twitter users began putting up a “tea time” theory that may have been a smart nod to Rodgers’ recent admission to drinking ayahuasca, a psychoactive tea containing the hallucinogenic drug DMT. Check it out for yourself:
Green Bay ended up winning the contest, 27-10, improving to 1-1 on the year. Then, recipients Sammy Watkins and Randall Cope were asked to explain the meaning of the celebration.
according to Rob Damofsky from ESPN, Watkins asserted that Slice Lazard was, in fact, a four-time homage while Cobb, one of Rodgers’ old teammates, took the unflattering route and said they were “just drinking some tea.” Rodgers was also asked about the moment, but told reporters, “I don’t know what you’re talking about” before saying he wasn’t involved in the planning.
The chatter surrounding the celebration, of course, warrants it Rodgers’ comments in August About his journey into self love and how taking ayahuasca before back-to-back MVP seasons in 2020 and 21 helped him get to where he is now.
“For me, one of the basic tenets of your mental health is self-love,” Rodgers said at the time. “That’s what ayahuasca did for me, it was to help me figure out how to love myself unconditionally. Only in unconditional self-love will I truly be able to love others unconditionally. And what better way to work on my mental health than to have experience from like that?”
However, it was clear that Rodgers and Co. were having fun at Chicago’s expense as the 38-year-old improved his record against his NFC North opponent to 24-5 all-time. It will be interesting to see what the Packers have in store next week when they travel to Tampa Bay to face Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in the fifth meeting of the future Hall of Fame QBs in three seasons.