Aaron Rodgers says pre-snap ‘smoking’ signal a tribute to ‘Smokin’ Jay Cutler’ meme
Aaron Rodgers on several occasions has been spotted making a pre-snap signal that appears to be a pantomime of smoking. During Tuesday’s “Ask Aaron” segment on his weekly appearance on ESPN Wisconsin’s “Tuesday with Aaron” show this week, a fan asked about the somewhat strange hand gesture.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback insisted that it is a tribute to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and the Internet’s “Smokin’ Jay Cutler’ meme, something that became so popular for a time it has its own website.
Via The Big Lead:
Wilde: Jeremy asks: “What is that pre-snap signal where you look like you’re smoking? Is that a smoke route, or is that an indicator of two high safeties? Tony asks, “How do you keep from laughing with some of the hand gestures you do in the no-huddle?”
Rodgers: That was just a tribute to Jay Cutler, because there’s that ‘Smoking Jay’ web site. So I was just doing a tribute to him …
Wilde: I think you’re making that up.
Rodgers: … I don’t remember.
Wilde: You’ve done it a lot of times, though. There’s people that use it as their Twitter avatar.
Rodgers: It’s a dummy signal. That’s the whole thing. You know, like, smoking dope — you’re a dummy if you smoke dope.
Rodgers certainly seems evasive about the gesture, and his explanation that it’s a tribute to Jay Cutler seems a tad suspicious. Add that to the “You’re a dummy if you smoke dope” comment, and it all seems like Rodgers is spinning a yarn — or twisting up a tall tale — about how the “Smokin’ Jay” meme inspired the signal.
Exactly what gave rise to the inception of the “smoking” signal remains unclear, one thing is certain: Rodgers has been using the move for some time now, and not only for on-the-field signaling, either. An image of Rodgers photobombing the Packers team captains for a game in 2012 — something he still does to this day, by the way — showcases the quarterback pulling off a similar gesture.
So, what is it, Rodgers? Is it a tribute to Cutler, a “Don’t Do Drugs” message, a pro-pot message or something else entirely? Inquiring minds want to know.