NFL Rumors: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Shuts Down His Haters Over Vaccination Fiasco

Ernesto Cova

Following a tough road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers got back on track with a statement win over Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

The Packers dominated from start to finish in a not-so-pretty 17-0 win that ended in Wilson's first career shutout.

Unsurprisingly, the story of the day was that controversial superstar Aaron Rodgers was once again under center after a week out with COVID-19, completing 23 of 37 passes for 292 yards and 1 interception.

Felt Good On The Field

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Rodgers wasn't as sharp as he usually is and missed a couple of uncharacteristic throws, including a pick in the end zone.

“I felt pretty good for the most part,” Rodgers told the media, per ESPN. “I feel like I played fairly solid. Obviously, I had the one bad decision in the red zone and probably missed a couple of throws.”

The reigning MVP added that it was a bit of an emotional game for him after a couple of weeks full of controversies:

“Good to be back with the guys, good to be back at home, good to be on the field, really," the QB added. "The most emotions from the whole night was probably walking off the field after the game. It definitely got me a little misty.

Doesn't Let His Critics Define Him

Rodgers was in the eye of the storm recently for lying about his vaccination status and deciding to undergo a homeopathic treatment instead, violating league protocols by conducting maskless press conferences.

Even so, he once again claimed to be unfazed and unbothered by those who criticize him over that decision:

“There’s always going to be criticism in this world,” Rodgers said. "I don’t define myself by the criticism, but I understand it’s a part of this because this issue is definitely polarizing.”

Rodgers' Dad Stands By His Son

Rodgers isn't alone on that feeling. Notably, his father Edward Wesley Rodgers recently said that he did nothing wrong by trying to treat his body in a more natural way:

“I think he tried to probably treat himself naturally, like a lot of folks do. And there’s a lot of great natural things out there, which help mitigate the virus. So I’m proud of him. I’m proud that he went that route,” Rodgers' dad told People. "The main thing (is) I just support him. I'm proud of him. I trust his judgment and decisions. I think that's what I would've done,"

Packers Keep Rolling

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Controversies aside, Matt LaFleur should be thrilled to have his star quarterback back on the field.

Now, the Cheeseheads will hit the road for a divisional clash against the Minnesota Vikings that will have strong playoff implications.

The Packers continue to be in sole possession of the top of the NFC North with an 8-2 record and a perfect 2-0 in the division.

Rodgers' team is tied with the Arizona Cardinals for the first seed in the NFC and they look primed for another deep postseason run.

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