Sauce Gardner, Aaron Rodgers, Smoke Handshake, NY Jets
Sauce Gardner, Aaron Rodgers, New York Jets, Getty Images

The New York Jets’ CB1 goes into detail on how Aaron Rodgers changes the energy inside the organization

The New York Jets have long been the laughingstock of the AFC East. Led by Aaron Rodgers, they hope that is about to change.

While Rodgers’ on-field impact speaks for itself, his off-field impact has been particularly surprising to some of his critics so far. Rodgers has drastically changed the culture of the Jets’ organization – and the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year explained how the four-time MVP is pulling it off.

Speaking to Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press, Sauce Gardner gave the scoop on what it’s like to have Rodgers in the building.

“He just brings that swag, you know what I mean?” started Gardner. “He’s Aaron. When he walks into the room, he’s going to shake the room every time. He’s one of those guys. He’s a natural leader, a great guy to be around. You know, so he changed the organization in a lot of ways, for sure.”

Gardner pointed to Rodgers’ sense of humor as a way in which he changes the energy.

“He’s a funny guy. I didn’t know he was going to have as many jokes as he had. He got a lot of jokes, I ain’t going to say what jokes, but he got a lot of jokes in his repertoire for sure.”

We’ve already seen the duo stir up social media circles with their unique handshake. The Jets’ All-Pro cornerback continues to reveal the lighter side to Rodgers – something that was rarely acknowledged during his time in Green Bay.

While Rodgers has the gift of gab, he also is keen for fashion, too. When asked if the 39-year-old has worn the custom No. 8 diamond chain gifted by Gardner, the Jets cornerback confirmed that the future Hall of Famer is putting the gift to good use.

“Yeah I’ve seen him wear it a couple of times. That’s good enough for me.”

With Sauce giving his stamp of approval, add him to the list of Jets defenders who appreciate the presence of Rodgers.

While Rodgers looks to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 campaign, Gardner has his own legacy to sustain. The second-year cornerback was recently voted as the best cornerback in the NFL by the Associated Press. This comes after an impressive rookie season that saw Gardner take home Defensive Rookie of the Year, All-Pro, and Pro Bowl honors.

Audio Version available to members only: Learn more here

Download Jet X Mobile on the App Store and Google Play.

Want More NY Jets News & Jets X-Factor Content?

Download the free Jet X Mobile App to get customizable notifications directly to your iOS (App Store) or Google/Android (Google Play) device.

Add Jets X-Factor to your Google News feed to stay up to date with the New York Jets.

Follow us on Twitter @jetsxfactor for all the latest New York Jets news, Facebook for even more, Instagram for some of the top NY Jets images, and YouTube for original Jets X-Factor videos.

Join the official Jets Discord community to connect with likeminded fans.

Thomas Christopher has been covering the Jets since 2018. He is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar[at]
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
1 Comment
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
22 days ago

I really wish they would change the handshake from finishing with taking a hit from a joint. I’m not trying to tell anybody what to do on their time, if that’s their choice then that’s their choice. I do think there is a time and place, and with kids watching I don’t think it’s the time or place.

Sauce is on record as saying he went back to Cincy to finish his degree because he needs to set an example. Well, then if setting an example is important then I wish he would reconsider the handshake.