Aaron Rodgers has opened up about his healing journey on ayahuasca during the offseason as he gets set for his 18th NFL season.
The Green Bay Packers star quarterback and reigning NFL Most Valuable Player went viral this offseason talking about how taking hallucinogens on two separate trips to Peru has changed his life. The 38-year-old said a longtime friend told him about his own ayahuasca journey in 2019, prompting Rodgers to take a three-day trip to Peru in 2020 to ingest the psychoactive brew usually prepared in a tea.
Despite the backlash online, it seems his peers want to know more about it.
During his appearance on the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast,” Rodgers said his offseason experiences have made “for some interesting cafeteria conversations.”
“It’s been interesting to hear from so many different guys across the league, men, and women that I know or that I don’t know ask questions about it,” Rodgers said. “People from my past acquaintances, friends, close friends who didn’t understand and wanted to learn more about it and then teammates. A lot of teammates pulled me aside and wanted to learn about it.”
The NFL has already said Rodgers will not face any penalties for a series of ayahuasca trips he took in the 2020 and 2022 offseasons.
Rodgers is coming off a season in which he was brilliant on the field in winning his second straight MVP award but drew criticism for saying in the preseason that he was “immunized” and then sharing in November 2021 that he was not vaccinated against COVID-19.
Rodgers completed 22/34 for 195 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception in the Packers’ week one loss to the Minnesota Vikings.