In early November after testing positive for COVID-19 despite being “immunized” against the coronavirus, Aaron Rodgers referred to himself as a “critical thinker” during an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show while lashing out at media members “on a witch hunt.”
Bearing that in mind, it is totally possible Rodgers is trying to send the media on a wild-goose chase with a vague Instagram post he shared online on Monday night.
Rodgers started the post off with a message to former bride-to-be Shailene Woodley. “Thanks for letting me chase after you the first couple months after we met, and finally letting me catch up to you and be a part of your life,” he wrote. “Thanks for always having my back, for the incredible kindness you show me and everyone you meet, and for showing me what unconditional love looks like, I love you and am grateful for you.”
The Packers quarterback continued his #MondayNightGratitude note by thanking the members of Green Bay’s quarterback room, in the past tense, before going on to thank his past and current teammates. “You are the icing on the beautiful cake we call our job; football. the friendships that we have will transcend our collective time in this game and I am so thankful for the role that each of you have played in making my life that much better,” he wrote. “I love you guys, and cherish the memories we’ve made.”
The note concludes: “To everyone else, Spread love and gratitude you beautiful people, and read a book once in a while too while you’re at it. Love and peace.”
Along with the post, Rodgers posted nine photos, eight of which he appears in. He’s absent in the final photo, which shows Green Bay receivers Randall Cobb and Davante Adams standing during the national anthem. Rodgers would normally be in the empty space between them, but he’s not with Cobb and Adams in the shot because it was taken at the game Rodgers had to sit out after testing positive for COVID-19.
What does it all mean? There’s really no way to know for sure, but perhaps it would be wise to look back at what Rodgers himself said back in November. “I realize I’m in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now,” he said. “So before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I think I would like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself.”
If Rodgers really wanted to clear the air about his future plans with his Monday night post, he could have. Instead, he just put out a vague statement with some intentionally puzzling photos that raise questions instead of providing answers. The #MondayNightGratitude post is just grist for the woke-mob-media mill and ensures that the witch hunt into Rodgers’s future plans will continue — which appears to be just what he wants. Rodgers may be done playing for the Packers or with football in general, but he’s still playing games.