Is Aaron Rodgers solidifying his status as one of the NFL’s prominent villains?
The multi-time MVP had already been a divisive figure in the league due to his unconventional medical choices, reaching a new level of controversy when he contracted COVID-19 in 2021 and was revealed to be unvaccinated.
“The commentary is not about your vaccination status, it’s about you being the most disingenuous athlete of my lifetime. You were disingenuous about the vaccine, your retirement status, coming out of the dark room, ‘I’m going to play for the Packers.’
“You were then disingenuous about whether or not you wanted Randall Cobb, Allen Lazard and Tim Boyle on your team. You were disingenuous about why Nate Hackett is the offensive coordinator. You’re now disingenuous about your own comeback.”
Wright wasn’t the only one criticizing Aaron Rodgers on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, his colleague Skip Bayless, on Undisputed, labeled the Super Bowl-winning quarterback as “the all-time master manipulator,” highlighting Rodgers’ ability to stay at the forefront of discussions throughout the 2023 season despite playing only four snaps after Week 1:
“[Aaron Rodgers] just pulled off becoming yearlong the most talked about, written about, debated about New York Jet, and he played four snaps this year. And he managed to keep himself in the center of attention week after week after week by dangling this little caveat of ‘I’m going to shatter the mold.'”
By “shattering the mold,” Bayless may have been referring to the “speed-bridge” surgical procedure that Rodgers underwent in the hope of returning for a potential playoff run, which ultimately did not materialize.
Aaron Rodgers has undeniably evolved into one of the NFL’s most polarizing figures.