This has been an offseason of change for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Beyond that, Rodgers has also shed his clean cut image in favor of a slightly more polarizing one.
And this week came another change, this time to his appearance. First, he showed off a nifty mustache to eager fans:
Rate Aaron Rodgers’ mustache on a scale of 1-10 ⤵️pic.twitter.com/5iLuUcmyHj
— Caesars Sportsbook (@CaesarsSports) August 12, 2022
Understandably, Rodgers’ choice of facial hair left quite an impression:
Minshew changed the game
— Legendary Luka (@legendary_luka_) August 12, 2022
— FozzyB (@drrckcnnr) August 12, 2022
— Calico Jack (@btfd_37) August 13, 2022
— Stephen Pfaffenbach (@pfaffer528) August 13, 2022
But then on Sunday, came an unfortunate update:
Breaking: Aaron Rodgers shaved his mustache.
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) August 14, 2022
Reactions to that latest development somehow eclipsed the ones to him originally debuting the ‘stache.
— Fonseca (@AlfonsoOyervid1) August 14, 2022
Super bowl off
— Kyle Broughton (@KyleBroughton4) August 14, 2022
God we gonna lose now
— Aaron (@aaron_rodgers17) August 14, 2022
Can’t come back from this…
— Tyler Siple (@SipleTyler) August 14, 2022
Thus far, no images of the new mustache-free Rodgers have come out. But inevitably, they’re coming.
Big picture, this has been a wild summer for Rodgers. Lost in all the headlines about him speaking bluntly on ex-girlfriend Danica Patrick and all the photos where he is looking extra high is the fact that the Packers are returning an objectively worse team in 2022-23 than the one that suited up in 2021-22.
Davante Adams is arguably the best receiver in the game right now. Losing him and replacing him with pretty much nothing is bound to have some ramifications.
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 15, 2022
At the end of the day, if Rodgers comes out and puts another MVP-level performance forth, leads the Packers into the playoffs and comes within reasonable distance of a Super Bowl – a lot of his offseason weirdness will be forgiven.
But if all that fails to materialize, don’t be surprised if folks are extra harsh on him given the headline-magnet he has been up to this point.