Aaron Rodgers's season may be over, but his bitterness at fans over his vaccination controversy is still very much alive.
Following his Green Bay Packers' season-ending loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Saturday, the reigning NFL MVP told SiriusXM's Pat McAfee that many fans were rooting against him because of his refusal to get vaccinated.
'There were a ton of people tuning in, rooting against us for one reason and one reason only,' Rodgers told McAfee on Tuesday. 'It's because of my vaccination status and them wanting to see us lose so they could pile on.'
Aaron Rodgers told Pat McAfee (left) and former teammate AJ Hawk (right) on Tuesday that fans rooted against the Packers on Saturday because of his vaccination status
Aaron Rodgers walks off the field in Green Bay after Sunday's season-ending loss to the 49ers
Comedian Steve Hofstetter joked that the vaccine is so strong that Rodgers' receivers didn't catch 'anything significant' during the Packers' Divisional Round loss to the 49ers
Author Greg Olear joked that Rodgers should get vaccinated for choking in big games
Several Twitter users made this same joke (above), more or less
And the fans certainly did pile on the 38-year-old Rodgers.
'The vaccine reduces the severity of COVID so much that Aaron Rodgers is unvaccinated and yet his receivers didn't catch anything significant,' joked comedian Steve Hofstetter after the Green Bay quarterback failed to throw a touchdown pass in the 13-10 defeat.
'If there were a vaccine for choking in big games, would Aaron Rodgers get it?' quipped author Greg Olear about the quarterback, who has failed to advance to the Super Bowl since winning it with the Packers at the end of the 2010 season.
Rodgers has not only been criticized for refusing to get vaccinated, but also for allegedly misleading the public about the issue.
Some jokes were pretty straightforward
When asked by reporters at August's training camp if he'd received the COVID-19 injection, Rodgers described himself as 'immunized,' but neglected to explain that he hadn't received a vaccine and was actually referring to a doctor-prescribed therapeutic treatment.
Rodgers's vaccination status was revealed in early November when he tested positive for coronavirus and was subsequently required to quarantine for 10 days — the minimum amount of time an unvaccinated player is asked to quarantine, per league rules at the time (the NFL has since cut the quarantine time down to five