I want to give my condolences to the Allen family for the loss of their mother. Elise Ford Allen was my mother-in-law, and she always treated me like a son. She was the central figure to the family, a gracious lady, and supportive to those in need. She was well-loved by many, and I, for one, will miss her laughter and fiery spirit.
If you have been reading my articles, you know that I like to delve into a wide variety of topics associated with the realm of sports. The fall months represent a plethora of areas to report on as it offers a full spectrum of venues. Baseball winds down, the NFL is in full blast along with Hockey, and the NBA and the NCAA Football program are rolling right along. Draft Kings is making headlines and Fantasy sports opportunities are at an all-time high. As a journalist, you pull out your pen and paper and get to work because there is so much to report on. But then something pops up that diverts your attention from the task at hand and takes precedent over everything else. One of those instances took place involving Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers, who recently was diagnosed with COVID.
Aaron Rogers had been a holdout during a good part of the preseason, demanding to be traded out of Green Bay. He is currently in the 3rd year of a $134,000,000 contract and is due to earn $22,000,000 this season. When dotting the “I’s” and crossing the “T’s,” Rogers agreed to focus on bringing the team a winning season. Along with his on-the-field commitment, he agreed to follow the NFL protocols relating to COVID. He stated that he had been immunized, which the organization believed meant “vaccinated,” and was adamant that he would maintain regular testing as required. It became obvious that Aaron Rogers had not been honest about being vaccinated and once the media jumped on the news, it compounded the problem by showing clips of him stating that he had been immunized. His diagnosis then became a distraction in the locker room. Terry Bradshaw clearly displayed his disgust with Rogers and voiced his displeasure by referring to Aaron as a liar. Rogers finally confessed that his good friend, Joe Rogan, had directed him to ingest the concoction of Ivermectin and other supplements to combat the virus. Rogers’ lies and his COVID diagnosis hurt the team. When the Packers, who are 7 and 1, were preparing to meet the Kansas City Chiefs, the Packers were forced to start rookie Jordan Love at quarterback. Love struggled against the superb defensive of the Chiefs who prevailed winning 13 – 7. The problem for Green Bay is that Rogers is now finishing his quarantine and must be asymptotic before returning. In the interim, sponsors that embraced the image of Aaron Rogers have now severed their ties. A consideration to host Jeopardy is now off the table as well.
On a personal note, people like Aaron Rogers are elevated to a role model status and if he is anti-vax, so will many of his followers. I’m a firm believer that the only way to get beyond the pandemic is that people follow protocols by their county, state, or workplace. Rogers deliberately misled everyone and needs to suffer the consequences. What those consequences will be from the NFL is yet to be determined.