GREEN BAY (Wis.) -- Aaron Rodgers stated that there is a very small chance that he will not play in the Green Bay Packers next game. However, before he started to get into football topics, he admitted that he may have misled people about the status of his vaccinations. He stood by his decision and said he hoped that the reaction would be the same as it was every time he was introduced at Lambeau Field this Sunday.
Rodgers made a weekly appearance on Tuesday's "The Pat McAfee Show" to clarify some points he made Friday. This was criticized by both the sports and non-sports worlds.
After testing positive for the disease last week Rodgers is still on the COVID-19 reserve/COVID-19 roster. It was later revealed that he was not vaccinated, despite Rodgers telling reporters that he was "vaccinated" in August. He can be cleared Saturday morning, just one day before the Packers play the Seattle Seahawks.
McAfee was told by Rodgers that he made comments that could have been misinterpreted. Rodgers said that he made some comments that could have been misinterpreted by others. He also claimed full responsibility for the comments. I feel better. I am excited to move forward, hopefully reunite with my team, and get back to what I love most: playing ball. It has been difficult being away from it. It's been hard to be away from the COVID.
He said that he felt "really good" but acknowledged that there are protocols and checks that he must go through before he can play on Sunday.
Rodgers stated that he believes there is a health obstacle that Rodgers must clear. He said, "I believe there's an issue with movement, sweating, and getting into it. Making sure my body, especially my heart, is able to withstand physical exertion."
Rodgers stated that he still stands behind his decision to not get vaccinated last week for the reasons he mentioned, including an allergy to the mRNA vaccinations. He stated that he will continue to consult many doctors and friends with COVID, and not just Joe Rogan.
He doesn't want his unofficial role to be a spokesperson for the unvaccinated.
Rodgers stated, "I'm an athlete. I'm not an activist." "So I'm going back to what I love, which is playing basketball. It was not a decision that I made lightly. It took a lot of research and was in my best interests for my body.
Rodgers stated that he doesn’t listen or read a lot about him, but acknowledged that he was aware some of the negative reactions towards him in recent times.
He said, "It can hurt your feelings, I'm human." "But, look, my opinion was polarizing. I get it. I also misled people about my status. I am fully responsible for those comments. However, I must remain true to myself and my values. I stand by the things I have said.
"I feel a lot of empathy for people who have gone through this worst phase of the pandemic. It has affected us all in different ways but it has also affected so many people with lives that have been lost and lives that have been forever changed. I feel a lot of compassion and empathy. I tried my best to help as many people as possible. Other things are beyond my control. There will be people who don't like or care about you. They might hate you for what you've said, or they might not understand or know what your words mean. That's okay. I believe people have the right to their opinions, even if they aren't favorable to me.
Jordan Love, the Packers' first NFL starter, ended their seven-game winning streak. In the 4th quarter, Love led only one scoring drive. He completed it with a touchdown pass of 20 yards to Allen Lazard.
Rodgers stated, "I'm proud Jordan." He hung in there, I thought. He is very athletic and I only gave him one thing during the week. He did a great job of getting out of his pocket, avoiding sacks and making positive plays from potential sacks. Although I may have been fired in some situations, he was able elusively to get out of his pocket and make positive gains.
All involvement in preparations for the Seahawks' game will be on Zoom from Saturday to Saturday. LaFleur acknowledged Monday that they will need to manage both Love and Rodgers.
LaFleur stated, "I have never experienced this situation." "Certainly, there could be situations where we have specific plays for one quarterback. You're training them both for how you want to attack a particular defense.
Rodgers stated that he believes it is the offense's turn in the game-by–game rotation with defense. Rodgers was asked if Rodgers thinks the reaction will differ from the past. I don't think so.