Aaron Rodgers caught a ton of backlash for something he did on the field, but after a game.
The Green Bay Packers QB is responding to backlash about his maskless hug with NFL reporter Erin Andrews after a socially-distanced interview following Green Bay’s win against the Browns on Christmas Day. During his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Tuesday, Rodgers defended hugging his “friend” on the field at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
“Look, I’ve known EA for a long time and I think the whole thing is obviously a little bit strange. You’ve got to do some eight feet apart interview,” Rodgers said.
“And that’s my friend. That’s the same way I’d hug a friend seeing them on the field, or hug a guy on the opposing team that you have respect for and you play against. Look, I do what I’m told in those situations about keeping distance, but I’m a hugger and I enjoy seeing my friends postgame.”
Here’s that moment:
During that game, he went 24 of 34 for 202 yards with three touchdown passes, which happened in the same game where he surpassed Brett Favre to become Green Bay’s all-time leader in touchdown passes.
Aside from that hug, Rodgers has already been under fire for previous comments he made about his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine. He confirmed in November that he is unvaccinated while on the “The Pat McAfee Show,” days after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Rodgers and the Packers have already clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Their regular season comes to an end on Sunday in Detroit.
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