Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers Says He May Have Fooled People With His COVID-19 Vaccination Status But Defends His Comments

November 9, 2021

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers said there is a “slim chance” that he will not play in the next Green Bay Packers game, but before getting into football, he acknowledged that he may have misled people about his vaccination status. – but he stood by his decision – and said he hoped the reaction would be the same as ever when he shows up at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

In your weekly Appearance Tuesday on The Pat McAfee ShowRodgers tried to clarify some of the points he made last Friday, drawing criticism both inside and outside the sports arena.

Rodgers remains on the reserve / COVID-19 list after testing positive last week, when it was also revealed that he was not vaccinated despite telling reporters in August that he had been “immunized.” The earliest that can be cleared is Saturday, the day before the Packers host the Seattle Seahawks.

“I made some comments that people might have felt misleading,” Rodgers told McAfee. “For anyone who felt misled by those comments, I take full responsibility for those comments. I’m excited to feel better. I’m excited to move on and hopefully get back to my team and get back to doing what I do best.” and that is playing ball. It has been difficult to be away from that. I’ve obviously been dealing with COVID, and I feel like I’m on the other side, thankfully, and I’m thankful that I can have something to look forward to this weekend, hopefully. “

While he said he feels “really good,” he acknowledged that there are some protocols and checks that he will have to clear in order to play on Sunday.

“I think there is a health obstacle that I have to [clear] in terms of movement, sweating and practice, making sure my body, especially my heart, is fine with the physical exertion, “Rodgers said.

Rodgers said he supports his decision not to get vaccinated for the reasons he detailed last week, including what he said was allergy to mRNA vaccines. He reiterated that he continues to consult with many doctors and friends who have experienced COVID, and not just podcast host Joe Rogan.

But he doesn’t want to be considered an unofficial spokesperson for the unvaccinated.

“I am an athlete; I am not an activist,” Rodgers said. “So I’m going to go back to doing what I do best, and that is playing ball. I shared my opinion; it was not one that was frivolous. It involved a lot of study and what I felt was in my best interest for my body.”

Rodgers said he does not read or listen to many of the comments that are made about him in general, but admitted that he was aware of some of the negative reactions towards him in recent days.

“I’m human, things can definitely hurt your feelings,” he said. “But, look, I shared an opinion that is polarizing. I get it. And I misled some people about my status, so I take full responsibility for those comments. But, in the end, I have to be true to who I am. And what I’m doing, and I’m behind the things that I said.

“I have a lot of empathy for the people who have been through the worst of this pandemic, which has affected us all in different ways, but so many people with, as I said, lives that were lost, lives that were forever.” changed, and I have a lot of compassion and empathy for those people. I have tried to help as much as I can. The other things are so out of my control, and there will be people who don’t like you, and I hate you for the things you said or maybe you don’t understand what you said or know what you said and maybe you’ve seen a headline. And that’s okay. I believe that people have the right to have an opinion, even if it is an unfavorable opinion for me. “

The Packers’ seven-game win streak ended Sunday, when Jordan Love made his first NFL start. He led just one touchdown drive, capped by a 20-yard touchdown pass to Allen Lazard in the fourth quarter of a 13-7 loss at Kansas City in a game that coach Matt LaFleur blamed himself for not having a best plan to deal with. the Chiefs’ passing run.

“I’m proud of Jordan,” Rodgers said. “I thought he held on. The only thing I told him during the week was to trust his feet because he’s a very athletic guy. I thought he did a good job avoiding sacks, coming out of pocket, making positive plays with potential sacks. I may be have caught in certain situations; he was able to get out of pocket and make a positive profit. “

Any involvement in game planning and preparations for the Seahawks will take place at Zoom through Saturday, and LaFleur acknowledged Monday that they will have to balance preparing a plan for both Rodgers and Love.

“I’ve never been through this situation, so it will be a great learning experience for all of us, in terms of how we communicate it, how we go out and execute it,” LaFleur said. “There certainly could be a situation where we have some specific plays for either of the quarterbacks. But I would say that overall, you’re setting them both up for the way you want to attack a certain defense.”

Assuming Rodgers is cleared, he said he believes it is the offense’s turn to be brought into the play-by-game rotation with the defense. When asked if he thinks the reaction will be different than in the past, Rodgers said: “I don’t know. I hope not.”