It is not unusual to see professional athletes, especially NFL players, wearing microphones during games to give fans an even more in-depth experience, but it looks like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t too fond of being mic’d up.
He joined former teammate A.J. Hawk’s podcast “The HawkCast” and talked about the microphones giving too much away. He even compared it to “Spygate” and said that teams could get an unfair advantage while the NFL is trying to give fans a better experience.
“Yeah, I think it’s too much information,” Rodgers said. “In 2008 there used to be no headset on defense, so the defense had to signal in every play and that was part of the whole ‘Spygate’ issue and filming signals and what-not. But now you have mics on both guards most of the time and you pick up everything that the quarterback says when we’re at home, and sometimes on the road as well, and I think that’s a competitive advantage for the defense and it makes you have to work that much harder with your dummy words and your live and your dead words. I mean, that’s part of the game there, but I think that the access is a little bit much.
“I think, when I’m mic’d up, it definitely takes away from the authenticity of the game for me. I donâ’t feel comfortable mic’d up.”
It is hard to say that the NFL or ESPN would actually give away anything important like cadences and plays called in the huddle. However, you can’t blame Aaron Rodgers for being weary of anyone trying to the slightest advantage over their opponents.
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