Aaron Rodgers on The Pat Mcafee Show

Every week, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appears on The Pat McAfee Show and, every week, does something that reaffirms that he’s the most college-sophomore 38-year-old man in America. This week, Rodgers ventured into self-parody by selecting George Orwell’s “1984” as his book club pick.

Rodgers’s appearances on the program have become known for his rants about vaccines, government control, psychedelics, and other topics that your average 20-year-old Ithaca College student might dabble in. Given his stances on the state of the world, coupled with appearances by Ayn Rand books on his bookshelf, promoting “1984” sounds like the kind of thing they would do on Saturday Night Live to make fun of Rodgers. And yet…

Rodgers not only selected “1984,” the dystopian novel by George Orwell that we all read in seventh grade, but introduced it in a way that implied he was teaching the audience about the existence of this famous book, while also attempting to draw parallels between the themes of the book and the current U.S. government.

He couldn’t be more “college sophomore who just took his first political science class” if he tried.

Naturally, the NFL world had a field day with Rodgers’ faux-intellectual selection and reasoning.


We all eagerly await next week’s book club selection, “The Fountainhead,” which we say in jest but also 100% expect to happen.

[The Pat McAfee Show]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.