Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID, and it was reported he was not vaccinated against the virus. He won’t play in the Packers’ next game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 3, 2021
The three-time MVP had said he was “immunized” in the past when asked if he got the vaccine. Videos of his answer to the question have resurfaced on Twitter in the wake of the news.
Here’s the video on August 26th when Aaron Rodgers was directly asked if he had been vaccinated pic.twitter.com/kskQDRpWi8
— Chancellor Johnson (@ChancellorTV) November 3, 2021
Some people are angry at Rodgers and the Packers, while others are capitalizing on the cultural humor of this moment.
Aaron Rodgers talking to the Packers pic.twitter.com/L0GQbHvkxu
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) November 3, 2021
Since Rodgers dressed up as John Wick for Halloween, many reactions have incorporated his Halloween costume inspiration.
Aaron Rodgers ordering the nurse to sign the vaccine card. pic.twitter.com/uuUkLM7tGp
— Matthew Freedman (@MattFtheOracle) November 3, 2021
COVID walking up in Aaron Rodgers Halloween party pic.twitter.com/553d8b4RBJ
— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) November 3, 2021
COVID seeing Aaron Rodgers at the Halloween Party pic.twitter.com/LjrnqSLoMC
— Kofie (@Kofie) November 3, 2021
The context of football has yielded some punny sport posts, or just plain great action photo captions.
To be fair, Aaron Rodgers doesn't have a great history of his face being covered pic.twitter.com/uU3YHM1LaN
— John Whiticar (@Whiticar) November 3, 2021
Aaron Rodgers showing up to Packers practice after getting vaccinated in Canada pic.twitter.com/rDttDxnLj0
— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) November 3, 2021
— Broly (@UnleashedBroly) November 3, 2021
Vaccination cards are the new driver’s license or a significant form of ID, so there is a lot of opportunity for memes of that nature.
Aaron Rodgers showing the NFL his vaccination card pic.twitter.com/0VJ8iFE6RU
— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) November 3, 2021
Aaron Rodgers reporting to training camp. https://t.co/6wJx0qvwym
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) November 3, 2021
There have also been comparisons to other celebrities and or athletes who have not taken the vaccine, like Kyrie Irving.
Aaron Rodgers is Etsy Kyrie Irving.
— TJ Haunted Houshmanzadeh (@CTowersCBS) November 3, 2021
Rodgers will return to play on Saturday Nov. 13 at the earliest, as is dictated by the National Football League’s COVID protocols. The National Football League claimed to ramp up its testing and limit travel for unvaccinated players.
The earliest that Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers can come back based on NFL-NFLPA protocols is Saturday Nov. 13.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 3, 2021