Aaron Rodgers and Sauce Gardner appear to have hit it off as Gang Green teammates — and have a special handshake to prove it.
The veteran quarterback and second-year corner were spotted at Tuesday’s Jets practice having a joint session to practice their new secret greeting, which mimed them smoking marijuana.
While the 39-year-old Rodgers is clearly not suffering from glaucoma — he made several throws that caught teammates’ eyes — he was not a full participant in the session after tweaking his calf last week.
Rodgers and Gardner also went out to dinner and attended a Knicks playoff game together in May, during which the young cornerback didn’t know who actress Jessica Alba was.
“When we were getting seated, [Rodgers] was just picking on me a little bit for being young,” Gardner told reporters on Wednesday. “We were getting seated and he was like ‘we’re about to sit by,’ what’s her name? ‘We’re about to sit by Jessica Alba,’ and I’m just like ‘Oh, I don’t know who that is.’ And he just looked at me, he looked at me like I’m crazy.”Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Sauce Gardner gesture during practice.Bill Kostroun/New York Post Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, greets Sauce Gardner at practice.AP
Rodgers, entering his 19th NFL season and first not as a member of a Packers.
“It’s a different vibe,” linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “He sets the bar. He sets the expectations with his resume, with his name and the way he approaches the game every single day.”
The QB, a self-proclaimed hippie, has acquired a well-known fondness for the likes of darkness retreats and doing ayahuasca, claiming the psychedelic drug led to his “best season” in 2021 and helped him learn to “love himself.”
“To me, one of the core tenets of your mental health is that self-love,” Rodgers said on the Aubrey Marcus Podcast in August 2022. “That’s what ayahuasca did for me, was help me see how to unconditionally love myself.
“It’s only in that unconditional self-love, that then I’m able to truly be able to unconditionally love others. And what better way to work on my mental health than to have an experience like that?”Rodgers was not a full participant in Tuesday’s practice after tweaking his calf last week.Bill Kostroun/New York Post
Since coming to the Jets in an April trade, Rodgers has endeared himself to his new teammates, including the likes of Gardner, who is 17 years his junior.
It seems the two are still finding things they have in common.2023-06-06T21:47:32Z dg43tfdfdgfd