Aaron Rodgers Makes Emotional NFL Return, Elects Zoom Postgame Interview Over In-Person With Masks
Aaron Rodgers made his NFL return after testing positive for COVID and opted for a postgame interview via Zoom vs. with media wearing a mask.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could not help but get emotional on Sunday as he made his return to the football field after a ten-day absence from the NFL for testing positive for COVID-19. Afterwards, Aaron Rodgers elected to do his postgame press interviews via Zoom moving forward rather than in a media auditorium where he’d be required to wear a mask.
Aaron Rodgers Opts For Zoom Postgame Over In-Person With Mask
“Aaron Rodgers will hold his postgame press conference via Zoom; the Packers said,” tweeted ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “His other option, unless he wanted to pay more fines, was to do it wearing a mask in the media auditorium.”
Aaron Rodgers will hold his postgame press conference via Zoom; the Packers said. His other option, unless he wanted to pay more fines, was to do it wearing a mask in the media auditorium.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 14, 2021
After the Packers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 17-0 on Sunday, the Super Bowl winning quarterback talked about how it felt to play again after his absence.
‘A Lot Of Emotions For Sure’
“A lot of emotions for sure,” Rodgers said, according to ESPN. “Good to be back with the guys, good to be back at home, good to be on the field, really. The most emotions from the whole night was probably walking off the field after the game. It definitely got me a little misty. It was good to feel those types of emotions and good to be back with the guys.”
When asked why he got “misty” after the game, Rodgers replied, “I just don’t take these things for granted, walking off the field as a winner. It’s fun beating that squad. We’ve had some battles over the years. Just walking out with [teammate] Preston [Smith], who I have so much love and appreciation for, and then hearing that type of response from the crowd — it was a little extra special today.”
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Packers coach Matt LaFleur talked about the difficulties that were posed by the fact that Rodgers technically did not practice all week.
“I wouldn’t say it was tough to game plan, but you’re always wondering how it’s going to look on game day when you haven’t had any reps with him,” LaFleur said. “But we’ve got so much confidence in his ability to go out there and execute. I thought there were a lot of plays, for whatever reason, that didn’t quite work out.”
Aaron Rodgers: ‘So Tired’ After Testing Positive For COVID-19
Rodgers noticeably spoke in a more hushed tones than usual during his postgame Zoom interview.
“I’m happy; I’m just so tired,” Rodgers said. “It’s been a long, long 10 days. … I felt great on the field, but it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve been out there playing. So it was fun to be back out there, and I’m excited for our guys, I really am.”
Rodgers has been largely slammed by the left for choosing a non-traditional protocol over the COVID-19 vaccine. The quarterback’s vaccination status first came to light after he tested positive for the virus. Despite citing and an allergy and medical advice, the league MVP received a ton of negative press.
In spite of it all, Aaron Rodgers has refused to back down, and has instead stood by his actions.