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Aaron Rodgers didn’t like a sarcastic question about the coronavirus during a recent podcast interview as he prepares for the start of the 2022 season.
The Green Bay Packers star appeared on Monday’s episode of Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take.” Dan Katz, known as “Big Cat,” and Eric Sollenberger, known as “PFT Commentator,” joked with Rodgers about his decision not to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Rodgers and the podcast duo poked fun at each other over the two-time reigning NFL MVP’s new tattoo and Katz’s promise that Rodgers would retire to give his Chicago Bears a rest.
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Sollenberger asked Rodgers about the quarterback’s image and how he describes himself.
“I think in general, I want to present how I see myself. So unapologetically authentic, you know?” Rodgers said. “Whether you like me or don’t like me — that’s not my concern at this point. You know, my concern is just telling the truth and, you know, people saying, ‘Oh, the vaccine, the vaccine!
Katz admitted that he said a lot.
Katz and Sollenberger later joked about Rodgers’ decision to avoid the vaccine.
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“How many people do you think you killed? What’s your count?” Sollenberger asked sarcastically, but Katz said, “How many grandparents? Let’s do grandparents.”
Rodgers smiled briefly after Sollenberger’s question, but had a serious response.
“I mean, I know you guys are screwing around, but I don’t find that part funny. I really don’t,” he said.
Katz described the backlash he would get when Rodgers tweeted that Rodgers “should be in jail” after he said he was “immunized” but did not elaborate on whether he had taken the COVID vaccine.
“And probably a lot of people said, ‘F—, yeah, put him in jail. Put that liar in jail,'” the Packers star said.
Rodgers, Sollenberger and Katz moved on to straight football questions moments later.
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Rodgers missed one game last season after contracting COVID-19. He was immunized in the 2021 offseason but did not explain that he was not vaccinated. Although his thoughts and feelings about the vaccine became a storyline during the season, he led the Packers to the playoffs and won his third MVP.