Aaron Rodgers is dominating NFL headlines once again, but for the wrong reason. The Green Bay Packers quarterback tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and will miss the team’s Week 9 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Ringer’s Bill Simmons has a bold take on the All-Pro quarterback’s leadership or lack thereof.
Aaron Rodgers will miss the Packers’ Week 9 game against the Chiefs
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Aaron Rodgers tested positive for coronavirus and is out for Green Bay’s next game against the Chiefs.
While Rodgers contracting coronavirus is concerning, the nine-time Pro Bowler also created more controversy for his team and the NFL. Ian Rapoport reported that the Packers’ signal-caller is unvaccinated.
Before the season, when asked about his vaccination status, Rodgers said he was “immunized.” The clever word choice now appears to have been a loophole. It’s unclear how long he’ll be out for, but the Packers certainly need him on the field.
With Rodgers sidelined against Kansas City, head coach Matt LaFleur and the Packers will get a unique opportunity to see what they have in Jordan Love. If he plays well, things could get even more interesting in Green Bay after the 2021 season.
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons calls Rodgers a ‘diva’
Aaron Rodgers’ actions during the offseason before the 2021 NFL season rubbed some people the wrong way, including Bill Simmons.
The media personality didn’t hold back about the star quarterback, either.
“I think Rodgers is a diva,” said Simmons. “He’s been a diva the last couple of years. I think the way he handled this whole offseason was very divaish. He didn’t seem like a team-first guy to me. I didn’t understand why he chose the week of the NFL draft to blow it up into an even bigger story.”
Simmons also criticized the 17-year veteran for painting a picture of a franchise that hasn’t done what it takes to win.
“He makes it seem like he’s on the 2021 Jaguars. But, he’s on a good team,” he said. “His team’s been good the last couple of years.”
Simmons believes that Rodgers is making everything about himself. The podcast host even went so far as to call the Packers’ star a “narcissist.” “Everything was somebody else’s fault,” he said. “He took no responsibility. He honestly seemed to think he was going to be the Jeopardy host, which is insane.”
Rodgers’ future in Green Bay is unpredictable, just like him
Heading into the 2021 NFL season, it was unclear if Aaron Rodgers would be suiting up for the Green Bay Packers. He’s led the team to a 7-1 start, and now his future becomes even more cloudy.
Rodgers’ fractured relationship with the front office is what triggered rumors about the two sides parting ways. President Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst decided not to trade the veteran quarterback. Rodgers eventually joined his teammates for training camp.
The three-time MVP recently praised Gutekunst in his weekly spot on The Pat McAfee Show.
“There has been great communication,” Rodgers said. “I’ve enjoyed the conversations with Brian that we’ve had throughout the year so far.”
The change in attitude could be a telling sign for Packers fans. However, winning heals all wounds. If Green Bay makes a run for the Super Bowl, it’s difficult to imagine Rodgers leaving after 2021.
Aaron Rodgers has already proven to be unpredictable, though. Just when you think he’s going to go right, he goes left. No one knows what his actual plans are except him.
In the meantime, he’ll continue to dominate headlines and annoy Bill Simmons.