Aaron Rodgers is still trying to wrap his head around some of the NFL’s COVID protocols nine weeks into the season. Speaking on the Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers said there are rules put in place by the NFL that don’t make sense and are most likely there for optics. The 36-year-old said there are questions about whether they’re doing things based on science or if it’s just an optics game at this point.
“I just think there’s some double standards,” 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?”
“I just think some of those things, to me, just don’t really add up. 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.”The Wall Street Journal reported in October that dinner could be the most dangerous part of team activities. The newspaper reported that outbreaks on the Titans, Patriots, and the Fighting Irish were linked to teammates eating dinner together. Meanwhile, the NFL’s chief medical officer is on record saying there’s no evidence of player-to-player transmission on the field.
“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?”
“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.”They may find some of the rules strange, but Rodgers and other players have made it nine weeks with a regular-season finish line way off on the horizon. At this point, they have to do what the NFL says, even if it means not eating a plate of pasta with the offensive line.