BYU COUGARS

Aaron Rodgers Responds To Swag Critique From BYU QB Zach Wilson

Dec 16, 2020, 12:37 AM | Updated: 12:48 am
Aaron Rodgers - Zach Wilson...
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and BYU's Zach Wilson Which one has the better swag? (Photos courtesy of Getty Images)
(Photos courtesy of Getty Images)

PROVO, Utah – Green Bay Packers star and future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback BYU’s Zach Wilson looks up to the most. Wilson has said numerous times in the past that Rodgers is “his guy.”

But when it comes to “swag,” Rodgers isn’t the guy that Wilson is looking for inspiration.

Last month, Wilson jokingly made some fun of Rodgers’ throwback swag in an interview with ESPN. Wilson said:

“As a player, I love how Aaron Rodgers plays. You know, he’s my guy. But as far as his swag, the way he dresses, he doesn’t have any. He has no swag. If he was to wear a cool helmet, get rid of that single-buckle chin strap, shave a little bit, get rid of the baggy sleeves, you know he could have some cool swag going for him.”

Well, Rodgers heard those comments and brought them up in an interview during the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday when he was asked by one of the producers on the show why he still wears the single-buckle chin strap.

“To answer your question, now it’s a part of my outfit. It’s part of my uniform. There’s been a couple of people -one college kid- who took a shot at my swag,” Rodgers said.

The 16-year veteran and Super Bowl Champion then explained what “swag” means to him in response to that college kid, who happens to be Wilson.

Aaron Rodgers: “Swagger is a mindset.”

“I don’t think a lot of people really understand what swag is. Some of the younger generation thinks swag is just like, the clothes I wear or whatever. No, no. Swag is a mentality. Swag is a mindset.

“I try to tell this to some of the guys in the locker room this week. I said, ‘swagger, which is what swag comes from; swagger is a mindset. Swagger isn’t that you have a Supreme backpack on. Or that you have your shoes, you know, unlaced or that you have your new Louis (Vuitton) fanny pack that you make sure it’s not worn at your waist, it’s worn over your shoulder. That’s not swag, that’s not swagger. That’s fashion choices.'”

Spoken like a true throwback player right there.

“True swag is owning your inner essence. It’s a mindset,” Rodgers said. “And my essence on the field is that I feel like I’m a throwback player, and I’m a tough guy.”

Wilson, who enjoys the mantra of look good, feel good, play good looks to former Oregon Duck and current Las Vegas Raider Marcus Mariota for inspiration in the swag department. The junior signal-caller for BYU, who has led the Cougars to their first 10-win season in nine years, saw the clip from Rodgers on McAfee’s show Tuesday night and tweeted at Rodgers.

Does this have the makings of a future rivalry for swag supremacy when Wilson ends up in the NFL? The junior quarterback is rising up NFL Mock Drafts and will make a decision after the conclusion of this season on whether he will enter the Draft or not.

“I love that kid (Wilson), though. I do love that kid. I think he’s a good kid and a good player,” said Rodgers. “He actually gave me some props; he just kind of ripped on my swag. I think he was just talking about the fact that I’m older and like to rock sweats on my road trips. But I get that. If you’re talking about like fashion sense, I’m not gonna [impress], you know?”

This lighthearted debate of swag is doing its best to turn around everyone’s outlook in 2020.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m., KSL Newsradio). Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper and the KSL Sports app.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

BYU Football, David Latu, Signing Day...
Mitch Harper

BYU Football Recruit Announces Commitment At Father’s Grave

David Latu had one of the more emotional Signing Day announcements you'll watch.
2 days ago
BYU Football - Royal Virgil Helmet...
Mitch Harper

Former Stanford Commit LJ Martin Signs With BYU Football

BYU picked up a talented running back from Texas on Signing Day.
2 days ago
BYU Football, Big 12 Schedule...
Mitch Harper

Five Takeaways From BYU Football’s Inaugural Big 12 Schedule

The key takeaways from BYU's inaugural Big 12 Conference schedule.
3 days ago
Big 12 Football Schedule...
Mitch Harper

Social Media Reacts To Big 12 Football Schedule Release

Social media was buzzing after the 2023 Big 12 Football schedule was released.
3 days ago
Kalani Sitake, BYU, Big 12 Schedule...
Mitch Harper

Big 12 Schedule Released For 2023 BYU Football Team

The moment BYU has been waiting for since September 2021.
3 days ago
...
KSL SPORTS

Unrivaled: What Are The Odds… BYU Wins At Least Three Big 12 Games?

Unrivlaed wants to know how successful BYU football will be in its first year in the Big 12?
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
jimmy-buffett-tour-art...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Aaron Rodgers Responds To Swag Critique From BYU QB Zach Wilson