“Excuse My Language…”: Hours After Asking Aaron Rodgers To “Shut Up”, Stephen A. Smith’s Reversed Take On Packers Legend And Playoff Chances Surprise Pat McAfee

Published 01/06/2023, 6:59 AM EST

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Stephen A. Smith started his week with by calling out NFL star Aaron Rodgers. The ESPN journalist straight away told the back-to-back MVP to “Shut the hell up!”. The Green Bay Packers are gearing up for a possible season ending run in with the Detroit Lions. While, Smith is a very vocal supporter of Rodgers, a few days ago he decided to give the QB a piece of his mind. However, the 55-year-old somewhat flipped the script with his take after he explained his frustration in more detail.

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Stephen A. Smith recently made an appearance on the Pat McAfee show, which belongs to another one of the Rodgers fan factions. The host of the show could not resist but confront his guest on the latest shot at the 39-year-old QB. Explaining why he said what he said, Smith turned the ship around on what seemed to be a simple case of player bashing.

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Stephen A. Smith still thinks Aaron Rodgers is a game changer

The long time A-Rod backer started by saying, “Aaron Rogers is the greatest talent I’ve ever seen in the quarterback position in my life.” Putting the Super Bowl champion ahead of younger contemporaries like Patrick Mahomes. But even after the praise, Smith explained that the player’s latest press conference remarks really irked the journalist. According to him, after going 4-8 in the season, the Packers should be rejuvenated with their play-off chances. Instead, it was the QB making other less energetic revelations. “You sit there ‘well the memories were nice and yeah I mean if this is it this is it’, excuse me excuse my language the f**k are you talking about?” Smith said, venting about the comments.

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Nevertheless, the popular sports media figurehead is still an ardent campaigner for Rodgers. “I don’t care about who lost how many playoff games… You’re Aaron freaking Rodgers excuse me, you get in, it’s a game changer,” Continued Smith. “When you got fans like me, who is a fan of Aaron Rodgers. I want that brother like this, ‘we here. You shouldn’t have let us get here. Ya’ll are in a load of trouble cause here we come’.”

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A season defining matchup

The NFC North rivals, Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers are both on an 8-8 record. With their final showdown of the regular season this Sunday, their playoffs fate will be sealed. The winner will stand to get a chance to make it to the postseason. This is assuming that the Seattle Seahawks also lose their matchup.

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Aaron Rodgers will have work cut out for him. The Lions have looked a very dynamic team under HC Dan Campbell. Even the once cast out Jared Goff is making a case for his stay in the NFL. Whatever the result maybe, the fans are in for an entertaining winter night in Wisconsin.

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Avinash Singh

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Avinash Singh is an NFL author for EssentiallySports. He has honors in Economics from Amity University, Noida. His favorite player is Tom Brady, as he credits the GOAT and his story for making him a fan of the sport.
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