“I march,” the Green Bay Packers quarterback puts it, “to the beat of my own drum.”
Rodgers thinks he knows more than the NFL. On Friday, he explained to "The Pat McAfee Show" – his communicative home field – the winding route that led him to his second hailstorm in six months, this one more deeply personal than whether or not he would wear a block G on the side of his helmet this season.
The swirling controversy comes after Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Rodgers said he first had symptoms Tuesday night, felt ill as of late Thursday, but the symptoms dissipated by Friday. The three-time MVP will not play Sunday when the Packers travel to the Kansas City Chiefs, and because he is not vaccinated, Rodgers can’t return until Nov. 13 at the earliest. That threatens the Packers being without their quarterback for a second game, because they host the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 14.
That risk was avoidable had Rodgers submitted to the COVID-19 vaccination guidelines agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA. He instead underwent a journey of self-truth, marching to that beat of his own drum.
“I realize I'm in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now,” Rodgers told McAfee. “So before my final nail gets put in my canceled-culture casket, I think I'd like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself right now.”
When COVID-19 vaccinations were made public this spring, Rodgers said he did not have the same opportunities as the majority of the public. Rodgers said he is allergic to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines Pfizer and Moderna. He accurately cited the CDC’s warning that people allergic to the Polyethylene glycol ingredient choose another form of protection against the virus.
Rodgers still could have chosen the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which the NFL and NFLPA also agreed to as acceptable protection to avoid more stringent protocol. He instead gathered “more than 500 pages of research on the efficacy of immunizations, all the latest research surrounding my case.” Rodgers studied the science behind mask wearing, what was known and unknown about COVID-19 vaccines, how long antibodies last.