Aaron Rodgers is currently in the midst of trying to protect home field when the San Francisco 49ers come to town to face off with them in the divisional round. The Packers quarterback has gotten plenty of attention for his play on the field this season in leading his squad to a 13–4 record and the NFC’s top seed for the playoffs, but he has also made several headlines off the field due to his COVID-19 vaccination status—and his stance on the matter.
During a feature on Rodgers by ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg, the two covered a number of topics pertaining to the ManningCast, his relationship with Joe Rogan, his frequent appearances on The Pat McAfee Show and, of course, football.
However, it was what he said about the commander in chief that has everybody’s attention. It was sometime last year when Biden told a Packers fan he wants Rodgers to get the vaccine while visiting Kentucky after a week of deadly tornadoes.
Rodgers clearly heard what he said and finally fired back at him. In the ESPN feature, he criticized Biden for classifying the pandemic as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
“In December, he was not happy when President Joe Biden, while taking a tour of tornado-ravaged towns in Kentucky, joked with a woman wearing a Packers jacket that she should tell Rodgers to get the vaccine.
“When the president of the United States says, ‘This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,’ it’s because him and his constituents, which, I don’t know how there are any if you watch any of his attempts at public speaking, but I guess he got 81 million votes,” Rodgers said Thursday. “But when you say stuff like that, and then you have the CDC, which, how do you even trust them, but then they come out and talk about 75% of the COVID deaths have at least four comorbidities. And you still have this fake White House set saying that this is the pandemic of the unvaccinated, that’s not helping the conversation.”
***UPDATE: It should be noted that Rodgers has taken the CDC’s comments out of context. The CDC Director’s comments that 75% of COVID-19 deaths are among people with four comorbidities applies only to vaccinated people — and not the general population, as Rodgers incorrectly stated.***
Rodgers, who said he was “immunized” against Covid, but is not vaccinated, doesn’t appear to have plans on accepting Biden’s suggestion.
The timing of the interview dropping couldn’t be more worse as the team will square off against the 49ers in just over 24 hours.