Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Travis Kelce is not only a star for the Kansas City Chiefs, but the pharmaceutical pitcher is also ‘Mr. Pfizer,” said injured New York Jets quarterback and vaccine skeptic Aaron Rodgers.
During Rodgers’ weekly interview with ESPN’s Pat McAfee, the four-time MVP was asked about the Jets’ loss to the visiting Chiefs on Sunday.
Rodgers, who was on the sideline during the game and spoke with Kelce beforehand, praised his teammates’ defense during Sunday’s loss.
‘Mr. Pfizer, we kind of locked him out,” Rodgers said. “He didn’t have a crazy impact game. Apparently he had some yards and stuff. It felt like we were playing for the most part.”
Kelce, a Pfizer spokesman, had six catches for 60 yards in the controversial 23-20 win over the Jets, helping the Chiefs improve to 3-1 on the year.
Rodgers (center) made the joke Tuesday during a conversation with ESPN’s Pat McAfee (left).
Kelce and Rodgers spoke during Sunday’s Jets-Chiefs game (left). Kelce currently represents Pfizer (right)
Prompted by McAfee, Rodgers spent the next few minutes talking about COVID, a virus that has killed more than a million Americans, and the vaccine, which health experts credit with saving even more lives worldwide.
Asked if he planned to have Kelce ‘Mr. Pfizer” on the air Tuesday, Rodgers deflected.
“No, he’s promoting Pfizer, so I’m sure he owns it,” Rodgers said.
McAfee also urged Rodgers to reveal what he and Kelce discussed on the sidelines before Sunday’s game, while Swift sat in a luxury suite with Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.
“I think some things should be left on the field,” said Rodger, refusing to take the bait. ‘It’s actually a better story left to the imagination. I saw some speculation about what we were talking about. But I’ve known him for a long time, it was a short conversation.’
Taylor Swift (center) watched Chiefs-Jets with Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds (right)
Rodgers was fired just four games into his Jets career and is now out for the season
Rodgers quickly returned to the topic of COVID.
Reflecting on his brief pre-game conversation with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Rodgers explained that the two MVPs can never take the field at the same time.
“I just need to talk to Pat about how we have to play each other every time – one year he got hurt and I had a COVID toe, and this year… but yeah,” Rodgers said.
“COVID toe” is a reference to Rodgers’ battles with reporters in 2021, when he misled the media about his vaccination status before causing a major misunderstanding over a foot injury.
The season started with Rodgers telling reporters that he had been “immunized” against COVID-19, only to later reveal that he had not actually been vaccinated but instead received a doctor-prescribed treatment to boost his antibody levels.
The treatment failed and when he contracted COVID in November 2021, it was revealed he had never actually been vaccinated, leading to a wave of criticism against the then-Packers quarterback.
Later that month, Rodgers said he had “no lingering effects other than the Covid toe.”
Rodgers proved he has no lesions on his toes, insisting he did not have COVID toe
It may sound like a pseudoscientific diagnosis, but Covid toe, also known as pernio or chilblains, has been found ‘in children and young adults’ who have battled the virus
As we now know, Rodgers was joking when he referred to “COVID toe” and was actually dealing with a breakup.
The problem was that the COVID toe is real and is impacting people who have battled the virus.
So when the Wall Street Journal Carefully reporting what Rodgers said and researching the effects of the COVID toe, the former Super Bowl champion went on an offensive offensive attack on reporters.
“I’ve never heard of COVID toe,” he continued. ‘I have no injuries on my feet. It’s just a classic case of misinformation. It’s surprising that this comes from what was once a renowned journalistic institution. But that’s the world we live in today.’
On Tuesday, Rodgers brought up the article again with McAfee.
“Great story that was written,” he said.