Aaron Rodgers Hits Back at Critics Over Jets Roster Spot, Challenges Them to Disclose Vaccination Status

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers has responded to criticism following his activation from the injured reserve and placement on the active 53-man roster. Despite initial indications that he wouldn’t play this season, the Jets made the move, releasing fullback Nick Bawden to accommodate Rodgers. This decision raised eyebrows, with many questioning why Rodgers needed a roster spot for ongoing rehab.

In an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers defended himself, suggesting that those criticizing him should disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status before commenting on his situation. He proposed a unique approach, urging individuals to declare their vaccination status from 2021, framing their opinions within that context.

“It’s the same old thing. It’s the same people with the same comments,” Rodgers remarked. “Before they talk, let’s go back to 2021 and let’s make people say their vax status to start. Then you’d know they have their puppet masters puppeteering them to say this certain thing about this guy.”

Rodgers expressed his desire to be placed on injured reserve (IR) and emphasized that he didn’t want to take a roster spot away from another player, such as Bawden. Despite his preference, he acknowledged being overruled in the decision-making process.

Teasing a comeback throughout the season after a torn Achilles injury in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, Rodgers remains determined to contribute to the Jets for at least two more years.