Joe Buck Cleverly Sent a Subtle Dig at Aaron Rodgers by Using His Own Words Against Him
Over the last few weeks, Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers has remained in the headlines due to his remarks concerning the COVID-19 vaccine. Rodgers stood firm regarding his belief, leading to some intense backlash. During Sunday’s game between the Packers and Los Angeles Rams, longtime broadcaster Joe Buck slyly delivered a verbal dig at the three-time league MVP over his vaccine stance.
Aaron Rodgers leads the Packers past the Rams
After suffering a tough divisional loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers bounced back against the Rams.
Rodgers led the charge with a solid outing, completing 28-of-45 passes for 307 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. The Packers took control of the game in the third quarter by outscoring the Rams 16-0.
Los Angeles made a fourth-quarter push, but Green Bay’s balanced offensive attack guided them to a much-needed win. However, longtime broadcaster Joe Buck stole some of the shine from the game after his sly remarks directed toward the star quarterback.
Joe Buck cleverly sent a subtle dig at Aaron Rodgers by using his own words against him
During Rodgers’ time in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, the star quarterback suffered a broken pinkie toe.
In the first quarter of Sunday’s game between the Packers and Rams, Joe Buck found a slick way to send a subtle dig at Rodgers’ decision to take alternative means instead of the vaccine.
Sideline reporter Erin Andrews voiced that the three-time league MVP had taken a pain-killing injection before the contest that numbed his broken toe, to which Buck quickly responded with a clever retort aimed at the 37-year-old.
“So Aaron is telling us that he’s had that toe immunized against the pain,” Buck said.
The longtime broadcaster didn’t extend the conversation further than that. However, it clearly targeted Rodgers stating that he was “immunized” when initially asked by the media before the 2021 regular season if he had been vaccinated.
The conversation regarding his toe injury spawned from joking on The Pat McAfee Show that it had been bothering him for a few weeks. It quickly became linked to COVID toe, a possible side effect of the virus that results in toes swelling up and blistering.
Unsurprisingly, it led plenty of media outlets to run with the notion Rodgers had the condition before he cleared the air after showing his broken toe during a media video call. Beyond all that, Buck simply found a window of opportunity to use the star quarterback’s words against him.
Packers striving for strong Super Bowl push
Rodgers’ stance on the COVID-19 vaccine aside, the Packers find themselves in an intriguing spot.
After earning an impressive Week 12 win over the Rams, Green Bay heads into their bye week. Rodgers will use the break to rest his toe injury as he gears up for a strong push toward the playoffs.
The Packers need their star quarterback to lead the charge as he’s the driving force. The bye week will allow Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones to get into a rhythm after returning from a knee injury. Although AJ Dillon has performed well in an increased role, Jones plays a significant role in the offensive game plan.
Beyond that, Green Bay needs Rodgers to remain healthy to anchor their bid for the first-round playoff bye. The Packers are in the driver’s seat for the NFC North division title but are eyeing much more.
The remaining regular-season schedule features matchups against the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, and Minnesota Vikings. It all lays out that the Packers control their fate ahead in their push toward the Super Bowl.
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