OPINION: Could Aaron Rodgers’ anti-vax stance impact Johnson & Johnson-owned Jets’ decision?


It seems almost inevitable at this point that the New York Jets’ starting quarterback next season will be Aaron Rodgers. The whispers have gotten louder over the past few weeks – and days – and it may just be a matter of time before the Green Bay Packers ship him to the Big Apple.

Rodgers has made headlines on the field throughout his career as a Super Bowl MVP and four-time MVP, including in 2020 and 2021. Those seasons coincided with him making headlines for his controversial opinions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Jets are owned by Woody Johnson and Christopher Johnson of Johnson & Johnson, one of the manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccine. Rodgers has ranted against those vaccines, President Joe Biden, the CDC, and Big Pharma over the past few years.

Andrew Fillipponi and Danny Parkins of the Audacy Original Podcast “1st & Pod” discussed if Rodgers’ anti-vax stance could impact his willingness to play for the Jets or vice versa.

“I mean when a guy like Woody Johnson is flying out to see the guy, you would think because of the vaccine stuff that he wouldn’t want Aaron Rodgers at all,” Fillipponi said (3:00 in player above). “He’s Johnson & Johnson. No, seriously! You don’t think a billionaire would take that s–t personally? I’m kind of surprised he’s not.

“But Rodgers has also talked a bunch of s–t on Big Pharma,” Parkins replied. “Florio’s been making that point.”

“He said his first question at the press conference in New York to introduce him to the New York media should be ‘You said on Pat McAfee’s show that Big Pharma is one of the downfalls of American civilization. How does it feel now to be taking money directly from Johnson & Johnson?’ Parkins relayed. “That’s a great question.”

“It’s the New York media,” Fillipponi said. “Somebody should!”

“And I bet somebody will,” Parkins concluded.

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