November 1, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States; Minnesota Vikings defensive end DJ Wonnum (98) makes Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) fumble during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
It would take very little effort to convince Vikings fans (and perhaps other NFL fans) to be upset with Aaron Rodgers. He is an extremely talented athlete, a quarterback who makes almost everything seem effortless. The problem, of course, is that Rodgers knows exactly how good he is. He has always been arrogant and condescending. Toss incredible skill, swagger, and a block of cheese over your head and it’s easy to see why so many Viking fans don’t like it. Hell, I don’t like him. I’m ready for the Jordan Love era to begin.
The most recent news with Aaron Rodgers involves the NFL investigating his effort to ignore the rules on Covid-19 vaccines. According to PFT, Rodgers could be suspended if he continues to defy NFL rules: “Rodgers may be suspended for COVID protocol violations that occur after his return, and the Packers could eventually lose a draft pick due to recurring failures to enforce the rules, if Rodgers keeps breaking them. ” PFT He further clarifies that the NFL is investigating his wrongdoing: “The NFL is investigating Rodgers for violating COVID protocols and the Packers for not enforcing those protocols, but there are only fines on the table for any violations that have already occurred; The league focuses on whether Rodgers wore a mask as required in the building, along with his attendance at the Halloween portion of the team.[y]. “
Am I an expert on vaccines, public health, and pandemics? No way; I’m a mere soccer writer, so let’s limit things to soccer. Aaron Rodgers plays for the NFL. The NFL has rules for players who are not vaccinated. Several Minnesota Vikings were criticized for refusing to get vaccinated, but at least they didn’t lie to everyone. Rodgers lied and then challenged.
As we all know, star quarterbacks are treated differently than the NFL. We see it every week when a mid-level quarterback takes a late beating without a yellow flag flying through the air. We see it the following week when a defender high-fives Tom Brady too hard, resulting in an unnecessary rudeness penalty and possible suspension. Who knows how the NFL will tackle this problem with Rodgers, one of the best players to ever walk on the football field.
Let’s hope for more Jordan Love.