Big news in NFC North: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss at least 10 days because he is without vaccinations and Bears coach Matt Nagy will return from COVID protocols, reducing both teams’ chances of winning this week.
Rogers is about to experience unwanted side effects.
He has destroyed his curated image as a high thinker.
He has lost any sympathy he may have gained because the Packers treated him like an asset rather than a god.
He hurt his team’s chances of winning the Super Bowl before Green Bay moved out of town.
In August, reporters asked Rodgers if he had been vaccinated. She answered “yes” and that she had been “immunised”, indicating that she had been vaccinated.
Rodgers will not play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Whether he can return in time to play against Seattle next week remains in doubt.
If Rodgers’ absence contributes to one or two losses and those one or two losses cost the Packers a home berth in a playoff game and the Packers lose that game, Rodgers is to blame.
Viking solidarity has been damaged by major players refusing to take the vaccine. Mike Zimmer sounded disgusting this summer when star players spoke out about their refusal to benefit the health and viability of the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings’ performance this year — and especially against Dallas on Sunday night, when the entire team was blown mental and emotional gaskets — may well have been sabotaged by divisions in the organization over vaccines.
Kirk Cousins demonstrated a lack of leadership for the good of the team by refusing to vaccinate, which has paid him $161 million. The difference between Cousins and Rodgers is that Rodgers lied about it, and did so in a generally sly manner.
Rodgers reportedly sought a homeopathic solution for COVID and petitioned the NFL for a vaccine. Obviously, chamomile tea doesn’t cut it. The NFL declined. Rodgers then pretended that he had been vaccinated.
Defenders of people like Rodgers and Cousins use the phrase “personal choice” to explain the decision to avoid vaccines.
This will only be a personal choice if you live alone on an island. If you want to participate in society, this is a dangerous, selfish choice. This is an anti-fact and anti-science option. It is a conscious decision to believe in weaponized propaganda instead of league doctors, team doctors and America’s brightest medical minds. This is a betrayal of team values.
This summer, when the Cowboys were dealing with their own uneducated players, Cowboys great Michael Irwin said: “My point is, even if I have them, even if I fear them, that there’s something here. ‘I’m still going to get vaccinated,’ she said. “Because fear doesn’t eliminate my desire to win the championship.”
We hear coaches and athletes say so often that winning is the most important thing that we sometimes mistakenly believe.
Rogers has always portrayed himself as an intellectual. He spends the interview undermining any question or questioner that does not rise to the level of his talent. He’s a hypersensitive bully who’s overcome by his ego because he’s also the greatest quarterback ever to snap on a chainstrap.
Beware the athlete who associates sporting success with worldly intelligence or virtue.
The Packers’ two Hall of Fame quarterbacks have started almost all of their games since 1992. Brett Favre allegedly sent inappropriate photos to a sideline reporter and is now paying money to the state of Mississippi as a result of fraud allegations against him. Ever since the Packers drafted Jordan Love, Rodgers has been told of the Packers drafting Jordan Love, even though he once played Jordan Love.
I used to enjoy entertaining the idea of Rodgers from Favre to Minnesota. Now I hope he quits football to host a game show I’ll never watch, one where he gets answers in advance so he can pretend he’s the smartest person in the room, even though now we know better.