Aaron Rodgers made headlines last year when it emerged that he had not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The four-time NFL MVP said he was «immunized» against the virus, leading many to assume he was vaccinated.
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One NFL MVP voter even said he wouldn’t vote for Rodgers last year because of the issue.
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The Green Bay Packers quarterback says his stance on COVID vaccines has put a target on his back.
“There are heroes and villains in sports and entertainment, and I think because of my stance on COVID and maybe a few other things, I’ve been cast as the villain. Especially in recent years,» Rodgers said on «The Pat McAfee Show.» .»
«And so, that’s the way a lot of the things I say are often interpreted.»
Rodgers said he doesn’t feel like a victim, nor is he upset by how people interpret what he says.
«This wake-up culture wants to be offended by everything. You just go online and find something you don’t agree with. ‘I’m offended! How can you say that?’ I don’t really care. I don’t care who it came from or who said it.» added Rogers.
The 39-year-old also criticized Big Pharma.
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«And it’s a station that may or may not have been introduced by Pfizer in the past. Then they need to make sure that their villain is presented in the right way,» Rodgers added.
«And whether or not they’re sponsored by Pfizer or Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, whatever. When you’re up against some of those powers that be, you put yourself in the crosshairs, they’ll paint you a certain way. And that’s what that the media did to me a couple of years ago. That’s cool; that’s their prerogative. That’s what they wanted to do. I think I responded pretty well at the time, and I’m glad I went through it. Whatever comes next other than that, they’re small potatoes, brother.»
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Rodgers has two years left on his three-year contract worth more than $150 million, but a trade has become increasingly likely.
The Packers went 8-9 this season, failing to make the playoffs after a Week 18 loss to the Detroit Lions at home.