The worst part of the offseason is officially here. OTAs are over and training camp isn’t for another few weeks. The only “real” Packers news right now is a series of speculations about abuse of the Covid-19 opt out clause and the recent discovery that “Ask Vic” still exists.
I decided to take the offseason doldrums head-on and strapped my Oculus Quest 2 to my face in an attempt to create a real quarterback controversy. Using the game 2MD: VR Football from Truant Pixel, I know I can be the next great Packers quarterback. It doesn’t matter that I’m on the wrong side of 30, I’m only 5’9, my 40 time is slower than Peyton Manning running a naked boot, I have tendonitis in both elbows, or that I can’t actually throw a football more than 40 yards...
What matters is effort, I think.
Enter: Virtual Reality. For the cost of a Nintendo Switch anyone can buy this standalone headset, strap it to their face, and flail around like the tube man outside of a car dealership. In the short time I’ve owned my “toaster goggles” I’ve managed to pretend to be a boxing champion in Thrill of the Fight, which is surprisingly a great workout. I’ve cut down countless floating boxes in Beat Saber, the lovechild of Guitar Hero and Fruit Ninja. I’ve also lived out my childhood dream of flying an X-wing in Star Wars: Squadrons.
I feel like every Packer fan spent at least some of their childhood imagining they were the team’s quarterback. I decided to make that dream a (virtual) reality. So check out the video above to see my journey into the life of a QB and my attempt to replace Aaron Rodgers myself. It all even ends in true Packers fashion.