Four days after his initial comments following his positive COVID-19 test, Aaron Rodgers returned to “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback said he had time to reflect on his comments from Friday and acknowledged how his… characterization of being “immunized” in August can be interpreted as misleading.
“I understand that people are suffering, and this has been a very difficult time for so many people over the past two years,” said Rodgers. “I think we all know individuals who have personally lost their lives, people who have lost their businesses, their livelihoods, their way of life has completely changed, and I sympathize with those things. And I also know how sports can connect. being and bringing people together in times of adversity, and I realize that I am a role model for many people.
“So I just want to start the show and acknowledge that I made some comments that people may have thought were misleading. For anyone who felt misled by those comments, I take full responsibility for those comments. I’m excited to say feeling better and I’m excited to move forward and hopefully get back to my team and do what I’m good at again, which is playing ball. It was hard to be away. Obviously I’ve been dealing with the COVID and I’m excited to be happy on the other side and thankful that hopefully I still have something to look forward to.”
Rodgers said he’s not concerned about the negative opinion some have following his comments on Friday, explaining his decision not to be vaccinated against COVID-19, disapproving of “culture cancellation” and saying he was “in the face of it.” visor of the wake”. crowd.”
“I think if you find your identity in yourself and not your identity in the opinion of others, you don’t need that validation and that love from other people,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “You can get it from yourself. That’s not being selfish, that’s just learning in a healthy way (to) love yourself and respect yourself and believe in yourself. I was definitely tested, you know, by some of the comments I heard and I am human Things can certainly hurt your feelings.
“Look, I shared an opinion that is polarizing, I get it, and I misled some people about my status, for which I took full responsibility, those comments. But in the end I have to stay true to who I am and what I am for stand, and I stand by the things I’ve said I have a lot of empathy who’s been through the worst of this pandemic, which has affected us all in different ways, with so many people, like I said, with lives lost gone, lives that have changed forever, and I have a lot of compassion, empathy for those people, and I’ve 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 hate you for things you said or maybe don’t even understand what you said or know what you said – it would just (be) a headline – – and that’s fine. I believe that people are entitled to their opinion and even it is something that is unfavorable to me. But I will continue to try to be the best version of myself in the future and I am excited to be as soon as possible get back on the field.”
The NFL is currently investigating enforcement of the COVID-19 protocol within the Packers organization. Rodgers has been seen masked off all season at press conferences, which take place indoors at the Packers’ facilities.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported on Tuesday that the league reiterated in its COVID-19 protocols that individuals who are not fully vaccinated must wear masks indoors at all times.
“This includes conducting media interviews or participating in media briefings held indoors, either in the club facility or stadium on match day,” the league said.
Rodgers missed the Packers’ 13-7 Week 9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after testing positive. Sophomore QB Jordan Love made his first career start in the absence of Rodgers.
As an unvaccinated player, Rodgers was quarantined for 10 days from the date of his positive test. At the earliest, he can return to the team facility on Saturday, the day before Green Bay hosts the Seattle Seahawks.
Rodgers said he expects to play this week, but noted there is a “small possibility” that he has not been acquitted through protocol.
“As far as I know, it’s 10 days, and Saturday I can go to the facility and then I can play after that,” said Rodgers. “I think there’s a possibility (I can’t play). But it’s a small possibility. I just believe there’s a health threshold that I have to (clear), as far as I can move and sweat and get into it and take care of it that my body, especially heart, can handle the physical exertion just fine.”
The reigning NFL MVP added that he doesn’t want to be the poster boy for his vaccination status.
“I’m an athlete, I’m not an activist,” Rodgers said. “So I’m going back to doing what I’m good at, which is ball playing. I shared my opinion. It wasn’t one that had come lightly. It took a lot of study and what I felt in my mind was the best thing for my body. But further comments I will keep to myself and my doctors. I have no further comments on these things after this interview.”