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Sometimes, you meet someone and from that point forward, you are going to be good friends. Other times, you meet someone and it doesn’t work out as well. There are different types of friends.
Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, is the most intriguing player in the NFL in 2022. You can’t deny he’s interesting to listen to, whether you love him or loathe him, agree with him or disagree with him, cheer for him or cheer against him. Every Tuesday in 2021, Rodgers joined his pal Pat McAfee on the latter’s sports talk program to air whatever was on his mind. Rodgers told McAfee’s former teammate Peyton Manning and his brother Eli how the two became friends during his Monday interview on ESPN’s Manning Cast.
Tuesdays on the ‘Pat McAfee Show’ with Aaron Rodgers are the most entertaining hour in sports conversation.
Aaron Rodgers has pontificated on everything from his team’s front office to the media to COVID-19 immunizations to the “Woke Mob” he says is constantly coming for him on the Pat McAfee Show’s “Aaron Rodgers Tuesdays.”
As part of the show’s “Aaron Rodgers Book Club,” he even makes book suggestions.
McAfee and Rodgers seem to have a real connection, which is why the segment works so effectively. As a result, the quarterback feels free to share his thoughts on a broad range of issues.
This dynamic, however, is not without flaws.
“Aaron Rodgers Tuesdays” were mostly about the Packer venting his issues with his team and the media (and sometimes addressing UFOs) early in the season. All of that changed in the first week of November, when Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19, proving that he had previously misled about his vaccination status.
Since then, Rodgers has used the Pat McAfee Show as a forum to criticize individuals who have attacked him over his vaccine problem. He’s also spoken about science, vaccinations, and the epidemic as a whole. And, on occasion, he returns to apologize for remarks he made on the prior week’s broadcast.
While Rodgers takes a lot of heat for his opinions on these divisive issues, his pal McAfee isn’t exempt.
As each week passes, with another Rodgers diatribe on Tuesday, more people — both regular social media users and professionals in the media — are becoming irritated with the former NFL punter for not retaliating strongly enough against his comrade.
Most detractors don’t give McAfee credit for bringing in pro-vaccination figures like Charles Barkley and legitimate medical professionals (although Dr. Drew Pinsky) to talk about pandemic-related problems. The major emphasis is usually on the intimate connection between the host and the signal-caller.
During a playful appearance on Monday night’s Manning Cast, Rodgers reminisced warmly about how the two initially met, despite the current burden Rodgers’ appearances seem to be placing on the bond.
On the Manning Cast, the Green Bay Packers quarterback informed Eli and Peyton Manning about meeting McAfee.
Pat McAfee is well-known to Peyton Manning. The Hall of Famer and the boisterous talk show personality were colleagues on the Indianapolis Colts for three years. McAfee also appeared alongside Peyton and Eli on an early edition of the Manning Cast. The presence resulted in one of the show’s strongest interview parts during its first season.
Peyton took advantage of Aaron Rodgers’ appearance on the program during Week 17’s Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game to inquire about Rodgers’ friendship with the former punter.
The former quarterback originally quipped that the talk show presenter should replace him and Eli, renaming the program “The McAfee Cast.” “How did you become so close with my former colleague, Pat McAfee?” he inquired. Rodgers replied to a photo of him and McAfee smiling together at a golf tournament:
At the golf competition, it was right there. “You should hire Pat McAfee,” my friend A.J. Hawk said when we had a late dropout. As a result, I contacted Pat. Pat was really on the road doing stand-up comedy. I’d finished the tour. I’ve decided to join our team. And when he arrived, I walked up to him and introduced myself — I’d never met him before. “Hey, do you mind doing a couple minutes of standup when I introduce you tonight at the welcome dinner?” I asked. “No,” he says. “I’m not going to do that.”
On meeting Pat McAfee for the first time, Aaron Rodgers said
While the first unpleasant encounter did not indicate that the two would become friends, Rodgers detailed how the connection improved later that evening:
Oh, I thought to myself. It’s one of those situations when you ask someone something and then realize, “Oh, crap.” What was I thinking when I did that? “I’m going to put this person on notice.” “Hey, former punter and All-Pro Pat McAfee is here,” I added later while presenting my squad. Pat then steps up to the stage, grabs the mike from me, and does a 10-minute stand-up routine. I knew we were going to be excellent friends from that point on.
On becoming friends with Pat McAfee, Aaron Rodgers says
Rodgers continued, telling the Mannings about McAfee playing golf barefoot with his shorts rolled up that week. After Rodgers finished, Peyton replied by stating of McAfee, “He’s a beautiful,” in the best manner he could.
Rodgers is now focusing on being the second quarterback to win two Super Bowls, following Peyton Manning.
Pat McAfee and Aaron Rodgers (L-R) | Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for SiriusXM; Stacy Revere/Getty Images
Peyton and Eli Manning shared highlights from the 2010 Super Bowl during the Manning Cast. That’s when Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers overcame Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Tomlin, and the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 to win the Lombardi Trophy for the reigning MVP.
Since then, the quarterback has led the Packers to a total of eight postseason berths (with a ninth this season guaranteed). He’s also made four additional appearances in Conference Championship Games. However, he hasn’t won any of the NFC championships in order to return to the Big Game.
Rodgers has a fantastic chance to win his second Super Bowl this season, as the Packers are 13-3 coming into the last week of the regular season and have secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Rodger’s prospects of joining the Manning brothers as two-time Super Bowl champions are dwindling at 38.
His present career is identical to Eli’s in that they both played for the same team. This may not be good news, given that the New York Giants quarterback won Super Bowls at the ages of 26 and 30.
Rodgers, on the other hand, may take heart from Peyton Manning’s career. At the age of 30, the recent Hall of Fame member won his first Super Bowl. He didn’t win another until he was 39 years old. Rodger hasn’t had a winning season since he was 27 years old.
The element that should worry Packers supporters is that if their quarterback doesn’t accomplish it this year, he could have to follow in Peyton’s footsteps and look for work elsewhere.
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