Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) gestures during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday, news broke that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had not only tested positive for Covid-19 but he had actually never been vaccinated in the first place. This was at odds with his curiously worded initial statement in August, in which he said he’d been “immunized.”

Due to NFL protocols, Rodgers would have to miss this weekend’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs and would also have to quarantine for 10 days, meaning that he won’t be able to rejoin the team before next Saturday.

Reports emerged on Thursday that Rodgers was “furious” about the news getting out that he was unvaccinated, even though it would have been evident from the protocols anyway. On Friday, he made his first public appearance since the news dropped, appearing in the friendly confines of The Pat McAfee Show to share his side of the story.

His side of the story was, basically, the textbook anti-vaxxer playbook. Rodgers discussed the “research” he had done, how he was following the advice of Joe Rogan over the scientists who created the vaccines, how unvaccinated people were being “shamed,” and how the “woke mob” and “cancel culture” were coming for him.

It was a stunning interview, which was more like a diatribe as host Pat McAfee essentially just let Rodgers speak. And to say that NFL media and fans on social media had opinions would be the understatement of the century.

However big this story was before, Rodgers just sent it into the stratosphere. Not to mention he’s essentially made himself a champion of the anti-vax crowd, as much as he claims he’s not anti-vax. This one is going to get a bit wild, especially as more people in the NFL are asked about it and Rodgers eventually returns to the team. That won’t happen until the end of next week so expect plenty more reactions ahead.

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