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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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Aaron Rodgers unhappy with new CBA, wants more offseason free time

Aaron Rodgers

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.

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.

Danica Patrick offers popsicles to Aaron Rodgers fan from funny video

Aaron Rodgers

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.

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.

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.

Report: Aaron Rodgers’ family ‘dismayed’ by QB’s comments about religion

Aaron Rodgers

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.

Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl would be State Farm dream come true

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.

Marshawn Lynch went to Packers locker room to trade jerseys with Aaron Rodgers

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch abruptly bolted out of the Seattle Seahawks’ locker room following the team’s 28-23 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, but he had a good reason for doing so.

Lynch headed into the Packers’ locker room at Lambeau Field to do a jersey swap with Aaron Rodgers, his former Cal teammate.

Lynch and Rodgers teamed up at Cal in 2004 when the Golden Bears went 10-2. Rodgers was a junior and Lynch a true freshman on that team, which was ranked in the top 10 for most of the season and finished ranked No. 9 after losing their bowl game. Rodgers left for the NFL after that season and was drafted by the Packers. Lynch stayed two more seasons and then went to the NFL, where he was drafted by the Bills.

Even after a tough defeat, Lynch still found time for his former teammate.

Aaron Rodgers congratulated Mike McCarthy on getting Cowboys job

Aaron Rodgers

There were numerous rumors that Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy did not get along during the coach’s final days in Green Bay, but if they were ever true, the bad feelings seem to have faded now.

Rodgers said Wednesday he had texted a congratulatory message to his former coach after McCarthy landed the Dallas Cowboys job, and McCarthy sent him a reply. Rodgers even went as far as suggesting that he would be interested in seeing the Packers and Cowboys hold joint practices during training camp.

It’s a far cry from what we were hearing in 2018 as McCarthy was on the way out in Green Bay. After all, this is a quarterback who was reportedly undermining his coach at every turn, though both have denied that it was anywhere near as bad as those reports indicated. Time heals all wounds, though, and Rodgers is pleased for his ex-boss. After all, they did win a Super Bowl together, and now that both sides have moved on, the worst memories have likely faded a bit.

Aaron Rodgers jabs Vikings fans after Packers’ big MNF win

Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers won their biggest game of the season on Monday night to clinch the NFC North title, and Aaron Rodgers seemed glad to capture the victory in Minnesota.

After he led the Packers to a 23-10 win over the Vikings, Rodgers made it clear that he didn’t forget how fans in Minnesota cheered when he suffered a broken collarbone two years ago.

Some cheers could be heard as Rodgers was carted to the locker room after taking a vicious hit from linebacker Anthony Barr in 2017, and that is obviously something that stuck with the two-time NFL MVP.

Monday’s win was one of the most important for Green Bay in years. Rodgers didn’t play all that well with 216 yards passing, no touchdowns and an interception, but it was enough to clinch the division. Being able to shut Vikings fans up was a nice bonus for him.