Celebrities have a way of thinking everything is about them, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is no exception. While he has said he takes accountability for being “divisive” for his vaccination stance and status, he says he is the “only reason” people wanted the Packers to lose in the playoffs.
Forget team loyalty and the dozens of other talented athletes playing on the field in the playoffs; it all comes down to Rodgers. So he thinks. Rodgers, reigning NFL MVP was on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday to discuss Saturday’s wild divisional round playoff game.
“There was a ton of people tuning in, rooting against us for one reason and one reason only – it’s because of my vaccination status” Rodgers said to McAfee. “Wanting to see us lose so they can pile on, enjoy and revel in the fact that my vaccination status was some sort of reason why we haven’t had success in the playoffs” he added.
The Packers lost to the San Francisco 49ers, “a loss that brought a premature end to the 37-year-old’s season and triggered immediate speculation about his future” writes CNN.
Rodgers was on McAfee’s show back in November, when he confirmed that he was unvaccinated. He said the media had given him the “witch hunt” treatment. “The biggest thing people have been dealing with is fear — fear of health, fear of loss of money, fear of not being able to provide for your family … and the media plays a big role in that,” Rodgers said.
“Because I don’t watch the news or don’t subscribe to the same type of mainstream narrative at times; and have decided to take my own personal health and responsibility for my health in my hands; and did my research and looked into things; and also my association with other people who have done similar things, there’s anger thrown my way but the root of that I think is fear.”
“I realize that I’ve been divisive this season by my vaccination status and by my willingness to talk about it — to talk about the research that I’ve done and my own opinions — I take accountability for that,” Rodgers said.
As for the pandemic, he said “I’ve never wanted to be a divisive, polarizing figure on this. I’ve wanted to encourage people and inspire people to think for themselves, to take their health in their own hands … hopefully, I’ve inspired people.”
When it comes to football, when Rodgers was asked about coming back “for the grind again” he responded, “the only way of knowing that is to get away from it for a little bit, let your mind clear and think about the enormity of the task and what would bring you the most enjoyment.”