NFL: Aaron Rodgers Questions League’s COVID-19 Protocols

by Matthew Wilson
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NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers is questioning the league’s COVID-19 protocols. He says there have been some double standards within the organization. He wonders if all of the protocols have a scientific basis.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback appeared on The Pat McAfee Show to air some of the grievances he had about the league’s new protocols for this season.

“Are we doing all this based on science?” Rodgers told the host. “I just think there’s some double standards.”

Off the field, the NFL has tried to keep players as separate from each other as possible. This includes not allowing teammates to eat lunch together or share space in the locker room.

“You can go down to practice and hit each other and be in close contact — but you have to have plexiglass in between you and the guy next to you in the locker room?” Rodgers said. “You can dap up a guy after the game, but you can’t eat at the same lunch table as a teammate? You can go down to practice and hit each other and be in close contact, but you have to have plexiglass in between you and the guy next to you in the locker room?”

Aaron Rodgers Finds NFL COVID-19 Protocols Frustrating

Rodgers said it doesn’t make much sense to keep players separated off the field when they’re in close contact while playing football. The quarterback started his career in the NFL in 2005. But this year’s protocols related to the virus have frustrated him.

“I just think some of those things to me just don’t really add up,” Rodgers said. “Like I understand what we’re tryin’ to do, we’re trying to get every game in and stay healthy. But, I think just some of those things, … I just think that some things make sense and then some things don’t make a lot of sense.”

He said most players are in close proximity during the game where spit and sweat could help spread the virus. But NFL rules prevent him from talking with the opposite team after the game. Rodgers said he believes some of the rules aren’t helpful to actually preventing the virus. The NFL has already seen several COVID-19 cases among its players and personnel since the season started.

“There’s spit and sweat and all this stuff and we hit and we’re tackling — and we can’t go and talk to somebody who we know on another team?” Rodgers said. “Some of it is definitely for the optics of it. Some of it is probably based on science … but it’s definitely changed the season for sure.”

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