Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday following a provocative appearance on the program last week in which he defended his unvaccinated status and spread COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.
“I made some comments that people might’ve felt were misleading. Rodgers stated at the start of his interview with McAfee (the former Indianapolis Colts punter) and A.J. Hawk, Rodgers’ former Packers friend.
“I stand by what I said and the reasons why I made the decision,” Rodgers said later in the interview.
McAfee pressed Rodgers on the medical experts he consulted to make his decision, other than Joe Rogan, who Rodgers praised last week. He did not provide any details.
“Look, I have a lot of admiration for Joe,” Rodgers said. “I definitely talked with about a dozen friends of mine who dealt with COVID and they were all very helpful in different ways, Joe being one of them.”
Rodgers is required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days, in accordance with the NFL’s health and safety protocols that were jointly agreed to with the NFL Players Association, meaning that he could also miss Green Bay’s next game, Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Once the 10-day period has passed, Rodgers will have to be symptom-free to be cleared to return to the team. If symptomatic, Rodgers would need to provide two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.
Rodgers said he has several health hurdles to clear before knowing he’s ready for game action. While recovering from the infection, he has been walking and doing yoga. He admitted that he may not be able to play Sunday but said he was ready to concentrate on what’s going on on the field.
“I’m an athlete. He said that he was not an activist. “So I’m going to get back to what I’m doing best, and that’s playing ball.”
Rodgers hasn’t made any other public comments, other than Friday’s episode of the “Pat McAfee Show,” when he confirmed that he was unvaccinated and added that he had taken ivermectin during a 46-minute session. Following Friday’s appearance, Rodgers has faced harsh criticism for his comments, many of which don’t hold up to scrutiny after fact checking.
Rodgers said last week that, politically, the left will vilify him while the right would champion his decision. He also referred to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. regarding following “unjust laws.”
“Hate is not going to bring us out of this pandemic. He said that it would be love and connecting. “I don’t hate anyone who has said negative things about me. I believe everybody’s entitled to their opinion and I’ll always believe that.”
Rodgers, 37, had said in August that he was “immunized” when a reporter asked him in a news conference if he was vaccinated. After a follow up question asking him about his decision, he did not answer.
“I shared an opinion that is polarizing,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “I get it. And I misled some people about my status, which I take full responsibility for, those comments, but at the end I have to stay true to who I am and what I’m about.”