Aaron Rodgers Misleads Public on Vaccination Status


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Rene Almanza, OwlFeed Sports Reporter

As the NFL reaches its end of the regular season, many fans from across the country hope that their team will reach the promised land that is the Super Bowl. One of those teams is the Green Bay Packers, which are now 8-2 with the chance of winning their division even getting a first-week bye.

To be expected, there are some unforeseen circumstances. Last year’s MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers tested positive for Covid-19 and was required to quarantine for a long period of time rather than the 48-hour gap of those who are vaccinated. 

Which brought the question of his vaccinated status to center stage, as he said in the past he was “immunized” but deliberately didn’t say his vaccination status. No reporter followed up on this at the time.

During his interview on the Pat McAfee Show Aaron Rodgers, opened up about his side of the story, claiming “the ability to make choices for your body” as the point of argument.

In Aaron Rodgers’ mind, he felt the vaccine hadn’t been thoroughly researched enough when it comes to long-term effects such as fertility. He wants to be certain that it’s safe enough to bear children himself.

He later went on about the vaccine from a political standpoint, claiming that people from the left behave unruly to those who are unvaccinated no matter the medical circumstances.

Aaron Rodgers elaborated on the Pat McAfee show, saying he thought it was important “not to have to acquiesce to some woke culture or crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something.”

News outlets began to bash his stance, as many thought of it as Aaron Rodgers only thinking about himself in the situation and not the people he surrounds himself with.

A week following, he appeared on the PatMcAfee show again to apologize for his actions, as it was seen as unprofessional.

In regard to misleading the public on his vaccination status by claiming he was “immunized,” on the PatMcAfee show he stated, “To anyone who felt misled by those comments, I take full responsibility for those comments.”

To show empathy for the millions of people who were affected by the pandemic he expressed his condolences. 

“I think we all know individuals who have lost their lives personally, people who have lost their businesses, their livelihoods, their way of life has been altered completely, and I empathize with those things,” he said.

Aaron Rodgers is seen as a man who marches to the beat of his own drum, no matter the situation, whether it be on the field playing ball or on any matter regarding his health no matter the extent.

On the same podcast, Aaron Rodgers still affirmed his stance on the left for being uncooperative on how vaccines should be implemented in our lives not as a requirement but as a choice for everyone.

“Look, I shared my opinion that is polarizing, I get it and I mislead people about my status, which I take full responsibility for those comments,” Rodgers said. “But in the end, I have to stay true to who I am and what I’m about and I stand behind the things I said.”

No matter the way you look at it, it’s clear that Aaron Rodgers will only make his own decision regarding the vaccine, as everyone should, but actions have consequences which goes for everything in life.

Now that Aaron Rodgers has met the minimal requirements and received multiple negative tests for Covid, he can now play football again. As stated in the PatMcAfee show, “I’m an athlete, not an activist, so I’m going to get back to doing what I do best, and that’s playing ball.”