“I’ve Been Cast as the Villain”: Aaron Rodgers Hits Back at Media Criticism Over His Recent ‘MVP Over Super Bowl’ Comments

Published 01/25/2023, 10:30 AM EST
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 25: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on from the sidelines during the first half of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

It is never an entertaining saga without Aaron Rodgers. The quarterback is under scrutiny for some of his remarks about winning the MVP. Several NFL fans and even Rob Gronkowski called out the Packers’ QB1 for the statement. But A-Rod has finally responded to the criticism he received over the past few days.

Aaron Rodgers recently made his regular guest appearance at the Pat McAfee Show. The host and former NFL punter spoke about the criticism he received after several people misinterpreted his comments. Rodgers also had a large response, but he began by saying that the storylines came down early this time.

A-Rod looks unhappy over the media


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The Green Bay Packers quarterback lambasted the media outlets and said how they turned him into a villain. Aaron Rodgers said, “There’s heroes and villains in sports and entertainment, and I think because of my stance on COVID and maybe some other things, I’ve been cast as the villain. Especially the last few years and so that is the way that a lot of things I said are often interpreted. I’m not upset about that; I don’t feel like a victim in any way. I don’t have that mentality, that’s fine. I’ve actually embraced that role a little bit.”

Aaron Rodgers added that he saw which of his comments got bent, saying they did not see the entire clip. However, such things do not offend Rodgers, and he does not care about them.


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During the show, Rodgers also criticized the All-Pro TE’s comments about his MVP statement. The quarterback said that everyone wants to capture a title and become a member of a championship football team. But in any sport, everyone wants to become the MVP.

Additionally, with the trade speculations, Aaron Rodgers could land in a fascinating situation.

Packers could trade off Aaron Rodgers in AFC Conference

Aaron Rodgers’ final game in Week 18 provided several hints that this would be his last season in Green Bay. The quarterback has not stated his next destination but is willing to compete for a different team. The Packers are also considering not trading A-Rod within the same conference, which could land him in the AFC.


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In an appearance on SportsCenter, Adam Schefter suggested that trading Rodgers to the AFC might be the Packers’ front office’s next move. Moreover, since the quarterback’s agreement does not contain a no-trade provision, the franchise is under no contractual obligation to seek the quarterback’s permission.


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It is yet to see how the scenario will play out.

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Pavitra Shome

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Pavitra Shome is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He began writing while working for an online news portal and holds a Master's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Although Pavitra enjoys watching WWE, Gronk and Brady turned him into an NFL aficionado.