Rodgers appeared in his weekly spot on “The Pat McAfee Show” and spoke at size about why he felt folks had been rooting in opposition to him and the Packers in the course of the season and expanded extra on his views in the case of the coronavirus pandemic and the response some needed to his resolution to be unvaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.
“There have been a ton of individuals tuning in, rooting in opposition to us for one purpose and one purpose solely: it’s due to my vaccination standing and them eager to see us lose so they might pile on and luxuriate in and experience the truth that my vaccination standing was some form of purpose we haven’t had the success within the playoffs or no matter it is likely to be. Some form of correlation,” Rodgers advised co-hosts Pat McAfee and A.J. Hawk.
“I feel to have the angle of the complete 12 months coping with this and understanding that this was coming down the pipe sooner or later with the quantity of fellows that did get COVID all year long. I knew there was a chance that I must make feedback about my very own private standing and presumably be within the fireplace from all of it.”
The perennial 2021 MVP candidate mentioned he felt “empathy” for many who had been caught up in a state of concern across the pandemic and blamed the media for pedaling a few of that concern.
” I feel as irritating because it’s been at occasions, there’s been a variety of reflection to try to embrace the empathy of the state of affairs and I feel for therefore many individuals, it’s actually been a tough time. From purely a monetary standpoint, so a lot of my buddies who’re small enterprise house owners in Northern California and actually all around the nation actually had a troublesome time over the last couple years. And from a pure psychological standpoint, I feel the most important factor that folks have been coping with is concern,” he mentioned. “There’s a lot concern round this. There’s concern of your well being. There’s concern of your lack of cash. There’s concern of not having the ability to present for your loved ones. There’s concern of demise. …
“And the media performs a giant position in that. The concern porn that’s put out day after day I feel causes a variety of strife and stress for folks and I feel as a result of I don’t watch the information, don’t subscribe to the identical sort of mainstream narrative at occasions and I’ve determined to take my very own private well being, and accountability for my well being, in my arms and did my analysis and seemed into issues and my associations with different individuals who have accomplished related issues, there’s anger type of thrown my manner. However the root of that, I feel, is concern. So, I do have empathy for these people who find themselves caught on this concern state round COVID that has been regularly to be pushed and furthered by media and by among the narratives which might be on the market and I do have empathy for that.”
Rodgers mentioned he’s largely been remoted from the sharp criticism he obtained earlier within the NFL season about his vaccination standing and his resolution to try to get immunized to skirt the league’s COVID guidelines, which created a firestorm throughout the sports activities world.
“The vitriol, the hated … truthfully, I’ve been remoted from that. I haven’t seen a variety of it. I do know it’s on the market. I’m certain it’s on the market. However I do have empathy for these people who’ve been coping with this concern. Is the hatred primarily based on the truth that I don’t have that concern? That I’ve taken accountability for my very own well being? Probably. That I don’t fall according to a story? Probably. However I’ll say, I don’t imagine that hatred and concern and name-calling and any of these things goes to get us out of this pandemic. It’s going to be love and connection and dialog and debate and knowledge sharing. And never data sharing that’s fact-checked by the identical people who’re working the pharmaceutical business, which is, once you look into a variety of these connections it’s attention-grabbing to see among the connections between fact-checkers and boards. And that’s too unhealthy,” he mentioned.
He added that, on the finish of the day, he hoped he impressed some folks to assume for themselves when it got here to tips on how to deal with their well being.
“I feel, if something, to sum up this lengthy reply, I notice that I have been divisive this season by my vaccination standing and my willingness to speak about it and to speak concerning the analysis that I’ve accomplished and my very own opinions and it’s a part of it. I take accountability for that and I by no means wished to be a divisive polarizing determine on this. I wished to encourage folks and encourage folks to assume for themselves. To take their well being into their very own arms. To appreciate this can be a pandemic of well being, not the unvaccinated. A pandemic of well being. And to encourage and encourage folks to take their well being into their very own arms and to make more healthy selections and to consider what they’re consuming and what they’re placing of their physique and that their well being is their very own accountability as a lot as mine is my very own accountability.
“I hope that I’ve impressed folks. I’m sorry to those that assume I’m only a divisive polarizing particular person however my aim has been to encourage folks to take their well being into their very own arms. And I hope that there’s sufficient folks, and I do know there are as a result of I’ve been listening to assist from all around the nation and world actually all through this time, however I hope folks proceed to show off the concern and do their very own analysis and deal with themselves and their very own well being and I hope that we will transfer previous a variety of this and really join as a substitute of proceed to divide.”
Rodgers’ future within the NFL is unsure. He’s been adamant about not eager to be part of the rebuild and advised the present he would need to make a decision on his future earlier than free company begins in March and provides the fellows who could also be provided franchise tags earlier than hitting the open market, like broad receiver Davante Adams, some heads up about what he’s going to do.
“I feel that ought to be sufficient time to decide, by then. I don’t need to put myself on a selected date, however once more, I do need to be delicate to Davante and plenty of different guys who’ve selections to make on their very own futures. To pull it out previous free company could be disrespectful to the group and to these guys, and that 100% won’t occur,” he mentioned.