Aaron Rodgers returned to play with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday – and so were his unvaccinated antics.
NFL rules requires that all unvaccinated players must wear a mask while indoors, but because the quarterback refused to wear one, he had to do his post-game press conference on Zoom .
“It was good to be back with the guys, good to be back at home, good to be on the field, really,” Rodgers said during the virtual conference. “I am happy – just a little tired. It has been a long 10 days.”
Rodgers is coming out of self-isolation following his positive COVID test, after missing just one game.
He also didn’t practice the week leading up to yesterday’s game but by Saturday, he was cleared to play under the league’s protocols for unvaccinated players. The new guidelines require unvaccinated players to wear masks, maintain social-distancing, and get daily tests.
“The most emotions from the whole night was probably walking off the field after the game. It definitely got me a little misty,” he said.
“Walking off the field, walking out with the squad with whom I have so much love and appreciation for, and then hearing that type of response from the crowd, it was just a little extra special.”
When asked if he spent any of his quarantine time reflecting on the last few weeks, he kept it controversy-free, saying, “I think, in general, it was definitely a good time to reflect on the last 17 years and to continue to try and live daily with gratitude.”
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In August, Rodgers said he had been “immunized,” but his positive test forced him to reveal that it wasn’t actually with the COVID vaccine.
Rodgers later apologized for the misleading statement .
The Packers beat the Seattle Seahawks 17-0, improving their record to 8-2.