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It’s rare to see an athlete who speaks freely and honestly. Most professional athletes are either a) robotic, like Tom Brady, or b) corporate shills, like LeBron James. Aaron Rodgers is the exception.
Each Tuesday, Rodgers joins SiriusXM with AJ Hawk and Pat McAfee to put his feet up on the desk and say what’s really on his mind. Rodgers talks not like a QB, but a guy coming home after a long day at work. Rodgers is cocky, vulnerable, and authentic. This week, he addressed trolling Bears fans, reminding the group that he “owns them.”
Triggered media members debated whether Rodgers’ comments toward the fans were “fair or foul,” and Rodgers laid into them:
“There’s a PC, woke culture that exists,” Rodger said. “And there’s a cancel culture at the same time and it’s based on people’s own feelings of maybe personal miserability or distaste for their own situations or life or just the enjoyment of holding other people down underneath their thumb.”
Their “distaste for their own situations or life”? No wonder NFL media so quickly replaced Rodgers with Patrick Mahomes as the face of the NFL, even though Rodgers outplayed Mahomes the past calendar year. Mahomes does what the press demands, but Rodgers calls them out.
By the way, Rodgers does own Bears fans. He’s 22-5 against their team. That’s ownership.
Rodgers plays the media like a politician. Rodgers knows football writers will amplify everything he says, from his reactions on the field to his post-game pressers. So Rodgers often leaves football writers closely dissecting his every word. Then after media pundits spend a week debating Rodgers’ comments, he fires back by accurately labeling them “low-class.”
It’s great to see someone dismantle three loathsome groups at one time: the media, the woke, and Bears fans.
Aaron Rodgers’ effortless pushback also further proves how easily sane Americans can exterminate gross, cancel culture termites. As Netflix showed after backing Dave Chappelle, all you have to do is say “no” and refuse to apologize, which is what Rodgers does as well.
It takes balls not to obey the demands of strangers. Unfortunately, most athletes will continue to speak out of fear.