As the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In Robert Quinn’s case, it’s anything but sincere or flattering,
Quinn is no stranger to mimicking Aaron Rodgers’ belt celebration; it’s something he has done it in the past. Sunday night, during the Packers’ 45-30 win over the Bears, the Chicago defensive end again mocked Rodgers’ famed championship belt gesture following a sack of the Green Bay QB in the first quarter.
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The Bears would take a 27-21 lead into halftime before seeing the Packers storm back and score 24 consecutive points.
Rodgers weighed in on the gimmick infringement after the game:
#Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on Robert Quinn’s championship-belt celebration after sack on second play: “It hasn’t ended well for the most part.”
He adds: “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.”
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) December 13, 2021
“It hasn’t ended well for the most part,” Rodgers said.
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Packers wideout Davante Adams weighed in on Monday with a warning to those who dare mock the famed celebration:
Question….when has mocking the belt ever worked out well?? Lol
— Davante Adams (@tae15adams) December 13, 2021
“Question . . . when has mocking the belt ever worked out well?? Lol,” Adams tweeted.
Adams has a point: The history of players to mock Rodgers’ belt celebration is lengthy but largely unsuccessful.
Earlier in the season, Seahawks safety Jamal Adams strapped on the belt after grabbing a pick against Rodgers (Rodgers called it an “early Christmas present.”) It was all for naught: The Packers would win the game 17-0.
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“I didn’t see him do it, but there hasn’t been a lot of positive things that come from guys doing it over the years,” Rodgers said following the game.
On Sunday, the Packers quarterback continued to stake his claim as part-owner of the Bears: He finished with 341 yards and four touchdowns on 29-of-37 passing and, most importantly, another W in the ledger.
For the future, some words of advice for NFL players: Discount double-check yourself before you wreck yourself.