Aaron Rodgers made what he called his last public comments on his vaccination status Tuesday.
The Packers quarterback joined “The Pat McAfee Show” for his weekly appearance and continued to address the drama that had boiled up around him after the positive COVID test that knocked him out ahead of the Packers’ Week 9 loss against the Chiefs.
Rodgers had claimed that he was “immunized” against the virus but was actually not vaccinated. He wanted to address those comments one more time on the show before putting the issue to bed.
“I acknowledge that I made some comments that people might have felt were misleading,” Rodgers said. “To anybody who felt misled by those comments, I take full responsibility for those comments.”
Rodgers has received widespread criticism for those misleading comments and his stance on vaccination in general. But now, he’s hoping to move on from this incident.
Of course, he also acknowledged that there will be consequences for his comments. One of them? He thinks he may never win MVP again.
“And do you know that you’re probably never going to win an MVP again?” McAfee said, citing the condemnation that Rodgers received from media members who vote on the MVP award. “That’s probably never going to happen, right?”
Rodgers, the 2020 NFL MVP, agreed with McAfee’s point.
“I think that’s a legitimate statement,” Rodgers said with a laugh.
It’s too early to say whether that will be true, but Rodgers, 37, should have several chances to challenge the notion.
During his 2020 MVP campaign, Rodgers racked up 4,299 passing yards while completing an NFL-high 70.7 percent of his passes for a league-leading 48 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He led the Packers to a 13-3 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
Rodgers is having another strong campaign in 2021. He led the Packers to a 7-1 record before his COVID-related absence and threw for 1,894 yards, 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He is certainly in the mix, but amid a strong year for quarterbacks, the frontrunner has changed on a weekly basis.
Regardless, Rodgers isn’t focused on the MVP race, nor is he focused on the recent hate he has received for his comments. He just wants to get back on the field and do what he does best: “Playing ball.”
“There’s gonna be people that don’t like it and hate you for things you said or might not even understand what you said or know what you said,” Rodgers said. “I believe that people are entitled to their opinion. Even if it’s an opinion that’s unfavorable of me. But I’m going to continue to try and be the best version of me moving forward, and I’m excited about getting back on the field as soon as possible.”