The coronavirus pandemic has impacted pretty much everyone in some way, but it’s safe to say not many will have a story like the one Aaron Rodgers can tell.
On Friday, the Green Bay Packers quarterback joined “McAfee & Hawk: Sports Talk” and revealed that he was nearly stranded in Peru as the pandemic worsened. Rodgers and three companions were traveling South America and had to rush to the packed airport to get out of Peru just before the country closed its borders to try to slow the spread of the virus.
“That was quite the ordeal,” Rodgers said, via Kendra Meinert of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Have you seen the movie ‘Argo’? You have? The scene at the end where they’re racing to the airport. Nobody was chasing us, thankfully, or holding us. We didn’t have to speak Farsi to get back into the country, but there were some moments where we worried we were not going to get out. It was absolute pandemonium at the airport.”
Rodgers and his companions were fine, but he said they managed to get out of Peru 15 minutes before the airport closed due to weather conditions. He did not think they would have made it out had they been flying commercially.
The Packers quarterback has since returned to his California home. No word on whether he’s following an Uncle Rico-esque workout program there after his harrowing escape.
Will the Green Bay Packers draft Aaron Rodgers’ heir apparent this year? There’s a chance.
Rodgers is 36, and while he’s still playing well, he knows better than anyone else that the Packers are a proactive organization. Rodgers was drafted and groomed as Brett Favre’s replacement, and there has been some speculation that Green Bay may begin searching for Rodgers’ replacement soon.
Rodgers isn’t worried. He said he’s ready to fend off any competition at the quarterback position, and would like to see the Packers draft someone who can help right away.
“I’m a realist; I know where we’re at as an org and I know where I’m at my career,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I’m confident (he is) not going to beat me out anytime soon.”
One wonders if Rodgers would look at mentoring a potential protege the same way Ben Roethlisberger does. The Packers quarterback doesn’t want any backup, because he knows he can do the job and thinks he can keep doing it for some time to come. He’s probably right that Green Bay would be better off drafting immediate help at this point.
- Aaron Rodgers
The proposed CBA has been passed on to the players for a full vote, but several of those players have made it clear that they’re opposed to the proposal.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been one of the major dissenters in discussions about the current plan, and posted a statement outlining some of his objections to Twitter on Wednesday. Rodgers feels that the 17-game schedule was essentially forced on players, and argues that the league has not compensated for that extra game by adding more offseason recovery time for players.
My thoughts. # pic.twitter.com/VOmCSNiI4f
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 26, 2020
Rodgers reportedly raised at least some of these issues in private as well.
Rodgers is definitely not the only one who feels this way. That said, the NFLPA is a huge organization, and a simple majority vote would pass the CBA proposal. It’s entirely possible the loudest voices here turn out to be a vocal minority.
The NFL and NFL Players Association are inching closer to a new collective bargaining agreement, but not all of the league’s most influential players are on board with the latest proposal.
Aaron Rodgers was one of the “biggest objectors” to the latest version of the CBA before the union voted to submit it for approval early Wednesday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Rodgers apparently wants the offseason schedule to be altered so players have more time to themselves.
Whereas Richard Sherman was one of the loudest voices against the proposed CBA last week, Aaron Rodgers was one of the biggest objectors last night, per sources. Rodgers wanted even more dramatic changes to the off-season program that included more free time for the players.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 26, 2020
A CBA is never going to totally satisfy both sides, and it doesn’t have to. By voting to submit the latest proposal for approval, the NFLPA has advanced the CBA talks to the stage where a simple majority of the roughly 2,000 players it impacts will need to sign off on it in order for it to be ratified. That means the new CBA could be agreed upon even if somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 players don’t approve of it.
There have been a number of other concerns with the new CBA, including the expansion of the regular season from 16 games to 17 games. While many players have been opposed to that, it is included in the latest proposal and seems like it is only a matter of time before a 17-game season is implemented.
Sometimes it pays to confess your love for your favorite athlete, especially immediately following a surgical procedure.
Diehard Green Bay Packers fan Callie Kessler was still under anesthesia when she was overcome with emotion while talking about how much she loves Aaron Rodgers. To her credit, Kessler had no shame and posted the video on her Twitter account. Beware that it contains some inappropriate language.
— callie kessler (@Calliekessler) February 5, 2020
As you can see, Kessler tagged Rodgers in the post. That caught the attention of Rodgers’ longtime girlfriend Danica Patrick, and the NASCAR driver responded by telling Kessler that Patrick and Rodgers would love to buy her 400 popsicles.
— Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) February 8, 2020
This isn’t the first time we have seen a sports fan deliver a message to his or her favorite player while drugged out after surgery, but things don’t always work out. We’re glad Callie’s message made it into the right hands.
Aaron Rodgers’ family reportedly was bothered by the quarterback’s recent comments about religion.
Rodgers sat down with his girlfriend Danica Patrick for an interview on her “Pretty Intense” podcast. A video clip of Rodgers talking about his views on religion was posted to Patrick’s YouTube account on December 27.
In the interview, Rodgers talks about how religion was a big part of his life when he was younger and the structure within his community. However, he says he did not find connection with his Christian upbringing, and that began to become clear when he was high school.
“Rules and regulations and binary systems don’t really resonate with me,” Rodgers said.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback says he didn’t find church very welcoming. He says you could only bring certain people to church and had to dress a certain way. He also said he views religion as a crutch for some.
“Religion can be a crutch. Religion can be something people have to have to make themselves feel better. Because it’s binary, it’s us and them; it’s saved and unsaved; it’s heaven and hell; it’s enlightened and heathen; it’s holy and righteous and sinner; and that makes a lot of people feel better about themselves — ‘I’ve got Jesus and I’m saved,'” Rodgers told Patrick.
Rodgers questioned the existence of God.
“I don’t know how you can believe in a God who wants to condemn most of the planet…to a fiery hell. What type of loving, sensitive, omnipresent, omnipotent being wants to condemn most of his beautiful creation to a fiery hell at the end of all this?”
Rodgers’ thoughts apparently did not sit well with his family.
“They were dismayed,” an insider reportedly told People. “The family is very dedicated to their Christian faith.”
“To them, his comments are basically a slap in the face to the fundamentals of who they are. It’s basically him turning his back on everything they have taught him.”
Rodgers has had a strained relationship with his family over the past six or so years. Going back to 2016, we heard about him having issues with his family. Rodgers’ brother even confirmed the issues two years ago. It would not be a leap to figure that Rodgers’ differing beliefs from his family — including those on religion — have contributed to the strained relationships.
- Aaron Rodgers
There are some who will be pulling extra hard for the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and at least a few of them are probably associated with State Farm.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers have become closely associated with the insurance giant due to their appearances in the company’s commercials. Fans who watch sports regularly will certainly be familiar with the ads, including recent ones that feature Mahomes and Rodgers appearing together.
Rodgers is very closely identified with State Farm and has been for years. In fact, the “Discount Double Check” dance he once debuted in a State Farm commercial has become so closely associated with the Packers quarterback that rivals have used it to taunt him.
Companies like this are looking to sign athletes who are well-known and will make deep playoff runs. Rodgers has been a reliable partner for that, and Mahomes looks extremely promising as well. The dream scenario would be the two facing off in a Super Bowl. That game would generate two weeks of chatter about the quarterback matchup, and there would be a decent chance that the State Farm connection comes up a few times in the media before a Chiefs-Packers Super Bowl.
From State Farm’s standpoint, the attention would be invaluable, and they probably couldn’t be rooting any harder for it to happen.