ESPN: Vaccine Controversy May Cost Aaron Rodgers ‘Key’ MVP Votes

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Green Bay Packers quarterback may miss out on winning MVP this year due to his comments on the coronavirus vaccine earlier this year, according to an ESPN personality.

According to ESPN’s Doug Kezirian, despite being the “closest candidate” to win MVP due to the Packers record of 10-3, Rodgers may lose the title to Tom Brady.

The Packers must face Baltimore and Cleveland, in addition to Minnesota and Detroit in their final four games. While that opponent list is more challenging and could provide opportunities for the reigning MVP to make a strong case for another trophy, Rodgers still faces an uphill battle. His handling of the COVID-19 vaccination storyline and offseason drama will likely cost him key votes. It seems a bit silly but I do think that will inhibit his case, in addition to voter fatigue.

Should the 44-year-old Tom Brady take home the MVP instead of Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes, he’ll trail former quarterback Peyton Manning by just one for most of all time.

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates a 58-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman in overtime against the Buffalo Bills at...

TAMPA, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 12: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates a 58-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman #16 (not pictured) in overtime against the Buffalo Bills at Raymond James Stadium on December 12, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

This autumn, Aaron Rodgers became a lightning rod for controversy after his refusal of the coronavirus vaccine became public knowledge – a decision he did not regret and doubled down on during an interview on the Pat McAfee Show.

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers runs onto the field before the NFL game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 12, 2021 in...

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 12: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers, runs onto the field before the NFL game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 12, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

“They’re trying to shame and out and cancel all of us not vaccinated people, call us selfish. I mean, that’s the propaganda line, too, that you’re selfish for making a decision that’s in the best interest of your body,” he said.

“That this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated is a total lie,” he exclaimed.

Rodgers further blasted the media for lying about his personal health decisions.

“To just say that [the vaccines are] a blanket for all that ails you, in my opinion, is wrong and reckless. And for the media out there taking shots at me, if you don’t know my story, well, now you do,” he exclaimed. “So, quit lying about me, and personal health decisions, in my opinion, should be private.”

Rodgers explained that he studied the vaccines extensively and discovered an ingredient that would have allegedly caused him an allergic reaction. Though he settled on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the shot was pulled from distribution over clotting issues.

“Rodgers added that the ‘immunization protocol’ he found that could ‘best protect myself and my teammates’ was a long-term protocol that involved multiple months of treatment,” Breitbart News reported.

The confession came after Rodgers tested positive for coronavirus, causing him to sit out on at least one game. He was later fined $14,650 for violating the NFL’s coronavirus protocols.

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