Aaron Rodgers Claims Viewers Were 'Rooting Against' Packers Due to His Vaccination Status

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Aaron Rodgers believes Saturday's Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers game drew viewers for more than just football.

The NFL quarterback, 38, alleged on Tuesday's episode of The Pat McAfee Show that his stance on getting vaccinated was a major factor.

"There were a ton of people tuning in rooting against us for one reason, and one reason only," Rodgers claimed. "It's because of my vaccination status and them wanting to see us lose so they could pile on and enjoy and revel in the fact that my vaccination status was some sort of reason why we haven't had success in the playoffs."

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The Packers, who last appeared in (and won) the Super Bowl in 2011, fell to the 49ers 13-10 in the divisional playoff game.

Rodgers continues to be a polarizing figure due to his views on COVID-19, recently criticizing how how President Joe Biden's administration has approached vaccinations in a Friday interview with ESPN

"When the president of the United States says, 'This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,' it's because him and his constituents, which, I don't know how there are any if you watch any of his attempts at public speaking, but I guess he got 81 million votes," Rodgers told ESPN of a phrase Biden, 79, has previously used.

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"But when you say stuff like that, and then you have the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], which — how do you even trust them? — but then they come out and talk about 75% of the COVID deaths have at least four comorbidities. And you still have this fake White House set saying that this is the pandemic of the unvaccinated, that's not helping the conversation," he added.

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The statistic Rodgers referenced comes from a CDC study of 1.2 million fully vaccinated individuals conducted between December 2020 and October 2021. During the study, just 36 people suffered COVID-19-related deaths, 28 of which (or about 78%) had at least four comorbidities.

Rodgers confirmed on The Pat McAfee Show back in November that he was not vaccinated against COVID-19, shortly after contracting the virus — despite telling reporters in August that he had been "immunized" against the virus.

Additionally, Rodgers said his phrasing was not deceptive, but rather deliberate.

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After the Packers' playoffs loss over the weekend, a source close to the quarterback told PEOPLE that any decision about Rodgers' tenure with the team will not come easily.

"He has a lot to think about in the months to come," the insider said. "Not just about his future in football, but what happens when football inevitably ends. What does he do?"

After his stint guest-hosting Jeopardy! did not lead to a full-time gig, Rodgers has been keeping his options open for opportunities. The source told PEOPLE he has had offers for jobs as a pundit for some television shows, mainly for conservative media outlets.

"It really feels like a lot of doors have closed for him in the past few months, but he's thinking maybe that's not a horrible thing," said the insider. "Maybe that will guide him to his next act, away from football, doing something he loves and is passionate about."

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