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Erin Andrews, Aaron Rodgers interview shows absurdity of TV theater

Aaron Rodgers is interviewed by Erin Andrews

Aaron Rodgers has openly criticized the hypocrisy of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. After the Green Bay Packers’ win on Christmas Day, the reigning MVP showed viewers the flaws with some of those rules and regulations.

Rodgers was interviewed by Erin Andrews of FOX Sports following Green Bay’s 24-22 win over the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. The two remained socially distanced while chatting, as most athletes and reporters have done for the past year-plus. But when they interview ended, both immediately went in for the hug.

Rodgers has been fined for violating COVID protocols. He also apologized for misleading some people about his vaccination status. Some will criticize him for disregarding the protocols again, but the hug was clearly mutual. You can see the exchange at around the 2:45 mark of the video below:

Regardless of your views on COVID-19, the sequence between Rodgers and Andrews showed how carried away people have gotten with the theatrics. There’s no point to a socially distanced interview that ends in a hug, but Rodgers and Andrews certainly are not the only two to do it.

Aaron Rodgers has ultimate compliment for Davante Adams

Davante Adams

Davante Adams is having another outstanding season with the Green Bay Packers. He was recently named a Pro Bowler for the fifth consecutive year, but he received an even greater honor from Aaron Rodgers following Saturday’s game.

After Adams caught 10 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Cleveland Browns, Rodgers once again heaped praise on his longtime teammate. The quarterback said Adams is the best player he has ever played with, which is quite the compliment.

As Matt Schneidman of The Athletic noted, Rodgers has said for quite some time that Hall of Famer Charles Woodson is the best player he has ever played with. The fact that the reigning MVP is now giving Adams the title is significant.

Adams, who just turned 29, is on a Hall of Fame trajectory himself. He has now eclipsed more than 1,300 yards receiving in three of the past four seasons. He fell just short with 997 yards in 2019, and he missed four games that season. Adams also has an eye-popping 68 total touchdown catches since 2016.

One defensive coordinator recently devised an entire game plan to stop Adams, and the Packers star still found the end zone. If he remains healthy and Rodgers stays in Green Bay, Adams will almost certainly continue to post video game numbers.

Photo: Samantha Madar/USA TODAY Network-Wisconsin via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Aaron Rodgers’ toe injury in worse shape after being stepped on

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Aaron Rodgers had a big game on Saturday night, but there was one downside.

Rodgers threw for three touchdown passes in his Green Bay Packers’ 24-22 win over the Cleveland Browns. He looked good on the field, but he says his toe injury had a setback.

Rodgers told FOX’s Erin Andrews after the game that his toe was stepped on which undid all the progress he had recently made in his recovery.

“This was the first week that the toe felt really good,” Rodgers said. “So I was disappointed to get stepped on. It just kind of sent it right back to where I was a few weeks ago. But that’s the way it goes. It wasn’t on purpose. Frustrating, but we got the win.”

Royce Newman accidentally stepped on Rodgers’ toe during the game.

Rodgers had a good attitude about getting hurt, but he probably wishes he could have avoided the injury. Still, Packers fans should not be too concerned; Rodgers has played well even when injured.

Photo: Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers’ record 443rd touchdown ball contained an error

Aaron Rodgers' ball had a mistake

The special ball Aaron Rodgers used to throw his Green Bay Packers record 443rd touchdown pass contained an error.

Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in his Packers’ 24-22 win over the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. His first touchdown pass of the game helped him break Brett Favre’s record for most touchdown passes by a Packers quarterback.

The NFL had a special sticker on the balls to note the record. However, the sticker said 433 instead of 443.

That’s nothing a new sticker can’t fix. Or maybe it’s best to keep the ball with the error given how those can become collectible items too.

If you’re wondering what happened with the ball, the FOX announcing team shared that Rodgers did something very cool with it.

Aaron Rodgers sending record ball to Brett Favre’s grandson Parker

Brett Favre with Aaron Rodgers and Parker

Aaron Rodgers is doing something very cool with his record ball.

Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the first half of the Green Bay Packers’ win over the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. The first of the three TD passes gave Rodgers 443 in his career. That surpassed Brett Favre’s record of 442 touchdown passes with the Packers.

The pass went to Allen Lazard, who gave the ball back to Rodgers.

According to FOX’s broadcast, Rodgers is giving the record ball to Favre’s 11-year-old grandson, Parker.

“Believe it or not, this keepsake and career touchdown pass number 443 is going to Brett Favre’s grandson, Parker, if you can believe that,” Joe Buck and Troy Aikman said on FOX’s telecast.

“And if Parker’s anything like Papa, he’ll be out there throwing it in the yard next week,” Aikman added.

That’s an unbelievably cool gesture from Rodgers.

Two years ago, Favre wrote that Parker’s favorite quarterback was Rodgers.

How cool is it to get the ball from your favorite quarterback that broke your grandfather’s record? It doesn’t get better than that.

Brett Favre has request for Aaron Rodgers after surpassing his record

Brett Favre talks

Brett Favre had a request for Aaron Rodgers after the current Packers quarterback broke his record on Saturday.

Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Allen Lazard to give his Green Bay Packers a 7-6 lead against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. The touchdown pass was Rodgers’ 443rd, breaking Favre’s career record with the Packers.

Green Bay played a video message from Favre throughout Lambeau Field following the record-breaking TD:

“Hey 12, congratulations on passing my touchdown record. I have one request: go get us another Super Bowl!” Congrats,” Favre said.

No pressure, right?

The Packers won the Super Bowl in the 1996 under Favre. They won the Super Bowl again in the 2010 Super Bowl under Rodgers. Rodgers and Packers fans would love to see the team win the ultimate prize once again.

At 11-3 entering Saturday’s game, they’re in good position to possibly win it all.

Brett Favre has ultimate compliment for Aaron Rodgers

Brett Favre with an arm raised

There was a time when Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were at odds because Rodgers was taking Favre’s spot as the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. Over time, their relationship has improved, and now Favre has become one of Rodgers’ biggest fans.

In fact, during a recent SiriusXM show, Favre complimented Rodgers in a big way. The compliment came in the context of Rodgers tying Favre’s franchise record of 442 career touchdown passes.

Favre believes Rodgers can put up some historic numbers if he wants to.

“Aaron’s going to shatter every record out there if he continues to play. He makes that team so much better … just a prolific playmaker. Probably the best playmaker we’ve ever seen,” Favre said of Rodgers.

Not only did Favre compliment Rodgers’ playmaking ability, but he also said some nice things about Rodgers’ mental sharpness on the field.

“His football IQ is like no other,” Favre said of Rodgers. “He never makes bad decisions. And he never makes bad throws. “It just seems like he’s always on time, he’s always accurate, and he always picks the right guy.”

Rodgers is 38 and won NFL MVP last season. He is recognized as one of the best quarterbacks ever. But as far as shattering records, that might not be so easy. He’s still almost 20,000 passing yards and 180 touchdowns behind Tom Brady for those records. Rodgers needs to keep playing until Brady’s age to have a shot at those marks.

Considering Rodgers reportedly has already considered retirement, expecting him to break Brady’s records might not be realistic. But the compliments from Favre still stand.

Photo: Brett Favre shows off his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring after receive it during halftime of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field October 16, 2016.

Aaron Rodgers takes aim at ‘cancel culture’ with wardrobe choice

Aaron Rodgers mocks cancel culture

Aaron Rodgers has spoken at length in the past about how much he despises “cancel culture,” and the Green Bay Packers star reiterated that message in a much more subtle manner on Tuesday.

During his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers wore a sweatshirt that read “cancel culture” on the front with a line drawn through the words. He gave Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy a shoutout for sending it to him.

If you remember, Rodgers blasted “woke cancel culture” earlier this year after he went viral for mocking Chicago Bears fans. He then took aim at the media for trying to bully people when it was revealed that he did not take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Rodgers has become much more outspoken in the latter part of his career, and his regular appearance on McAfee’s show gives him a platform to express his opinions. This won’t be the last time he sends a message to the “woke mob.”

Report addresses Aaron Rodgers-Shailene Woodley breakup rumors

Shailene Woodley

Aaron Rodgers and actress Shailene Woodley have a relationship that progressed very quickly, but there has been some speculation recently that the engaged couple may have split. Those rumors are apparently unfounded.

Rodgers turned 38 on Dec. 2, and he was spotted out celebrating without Woodley. The two obviously lead very busy lives, so that doesn’t mean a whole lot. Woodley also did not acknowledge Rodgers’ birthday on social media. A source close to Woodley told People that also meant nothing.

“Shailene and Aaron are still together. It’s not odd they don’t post about each other on their birthdays in that sense, and are very private about things,” the insider said.

Rodgers and Woodley haven’t exactly hidden their relationship, so it’s possible things have just gone quiet recently because of their careers. The Green Bay Packers have an NFC-best 11-3 record after Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens and have already clinched the NFC North division. Rodgers has been trying to manage a foot injury as well.

We heard from Woodley last month when she went off on a report about Rodgers and his COVID quarantine.

Woodley and Rodgers began dating near the start of the pandemic last year and were engaged shortly after. They certainly have not been opposed to PDA, which we saw when they spent time together in Hawaii.

Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia via CC-by-SA 3.0

Aaron Rodgers offers update on toe injury

Aaron Rodgers on the sideline

Aaron Rodgers once again played extremely well in Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears, but he said his toe felt worse after the game than it did previously. Still, the Green Bay Packers star does not sound all that concerned about the injury.

Rodgers offered an update on his fractured pinky toe during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Tuesday. He said it was “definitely hurting” after his team’s 45-30 win over the Bears, but he insists it is not going to be a problem or stop him from playing. Rodgers added that he probably won’t practice much “unless there’s significant improvement.”

Rodgers went 29/37 for 341 and four touchdown passes against Chicago. It was his third straight game with 300-plus yards passing. He has continued to play at an MVP level despite the injury, even though he had what he described as a “setback” on Sunday.

Rodgers has said he is unsure if he will have to undergo surgery. He will almost certainly hold off until the offseason if he does, unless something drastic changes. He has to play through pain for the time being, as there is only so much doctors can do about the injury.

Photo: Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts following the loss against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports