Aaron Rodgers, the New York Jets quarterback who suffered an Achilles tendon injury in his first game last month, is still generating buzz. Despite being on the mend, Rodgers has been making appearances on ESPN’s Pat McAfee Show, discussing various topics including sports, medicine, and now politics. In a recent segment, Rodgers expressed his intention to vote for Robert Kennedy Jr.’s independent presidential bid.
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During the show, McAfee and Rodgers discussed the mindset of a quarterback and whether they need a “super-alpha mentality.” Rodgers, known for his unique personality, responded by calling himself a “weird hippie” who loves his teammates and believes he can inspire anyone from any walk of life. McAfee praised Rodgers’ leadership and independent thinking, highlighting the quarterback’s ability to lead despite his unconventional outlook on life.
Rodgers’ endorsement of Kennedy’s White House run came toward the end of the segment. As the interview concluded, McAfee jokingly called Rodgers an “old-a** hippie” but commended him for his ability to lead and appreciated his willingness to share his personal decisions and beliefs with others. Rodgers thanked McAfee and expressed his support for medical freedom, informed consent, and Kennedy’s candidacy.
Rodgers has made headlines in the past for his outspoken criticism of coerced vaccinations. Most recently, he took a jab at Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who has partnered with Pfizer to promote COVID-19 vaccines in TV commercials. NFL fans welcomed Rodgers’ criticism of Kelce, especially following a game in which the Jets nearly defeated the reigning Super Bowl champions. Rodgers congratulated his team for their performance and praised the defense for limiting Kelce’s impact on the game.
In a subsequent appearance on the McAfee Show, Rodgers challenged Kelce to a two-on-two debate on vaccines, with each player having their own medical expert present. Rodgers proposed teaming up with Kennedy, while Kelce could align with Dr. Anthony Fauci. However, Kelce shrugged off the “Mr. Pfizer” comment and the idea of a vaccine debate.
Although Rodgers’ injury has sidelined him from playing, he remains an influential figure both on and off the field. His endorsement of Kennedy’s presidential bid aligns with his beliefs about medical freedom and informed consent. It will be interesting to see if Rodgers’ support has any impact on the upcoming election.