Legendary former NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw took current NFL star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the verbal woodshed Sunday, ripping the unvaccinated Green Bay Packers' signal-caller for saying he was "immunized" against COVID-19 and then catching the virus.
What are the details?
Bradshaw made his statements about Rodgers in front of a cheering throng of cadets at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, as "Fox NFL Sunday" broadcasted remotely from the military installation in the run-up to Veterans Day.
And Bradshaw can play to a crowd as well as he used to throw a football.
"I'd give Rodgers some advice: It would've been nice if he'd have just come to the Naval Academy and learn how to be honest," Bradshaw said, after which the camera switched to the cheering uniformed cadets, apparently loving the shout-out from the Hall of Famer.
Apparently affirmed, Bradshaw continued to scold Rodgers, telling him he should "learn not to lie because that's what you did, Aaron. You lied to everyone. I understand 'immunized,' but what you were doin' was taking stuff that would keep you from gettin' COVID-19 — you got COVID-19."
Bradshaw then repeated the falsehood that "ivermectin is a cattle dewormer; sorry, folks, that's what it is." What the former QB — and many others boasting large platforms — failed to say is that ivermectin is not a "cattle dewormer" when prescribed for human consumption by medical doctors.
"We are a divided nation politically. We are a divided nation on the COVID-19 — whether or not to take the vaccine — and unfortunately we got players that pretty much think only about themselves, and I'm extremely disappointed in the actions of Aaron Rodgers," Bradshaw added.
Bradshaw's comments begin at the 1-minute mark:
It wasn't the first time Bradshaw maybe talked just a little bit too much.
In January he implied during a "Fox NFL Sunday" broadcast that co-hosts and fellow Hall of Famers Michael Strahan and Howie Long used steroids during their careers — after which Bradshaw apologized.
In 2019, he apologized to fellow "Masked Singer" judge Ken Jeong for calling him "the little short guy from Japan."
In 2012, Bradshaw apologized for saying during a "Fox NFL Sunday" show that running back Reggie Bush looked "like he was chasing a bucket of chicken" during a touchdown run.
What's the background?
Rodgers last week was barred from playing Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to testing positive for COVID-19. The Packers lost to the Chiefs 13-7 in Rodgers' absence.
Arguably the biggest issue was that Rodgers previously said he was "immunized" when he was unvaccinated.
On Friday, Rodgers explained on "The Pat McAfee Show" that he has an allergy to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines and consulted with doctors on a personal protocol, which is what he meant by "immunized."
Rodgers added to the show's hosts that "everyone on the squad knew I was not vaccinated, everyone in the organization knew I wasn't vaccinated. I wasn't hiding it from anybody." He added that he wanted the issue "to go away" and to avoid ongoing chatter about it.
He also said some media members knew he wasn't vaccinated and were "sitting on it for a couple of months."
'Woke mob' is conducting a 'witch hunt'
In addition, Rodgers blasted leftists for being against vaccines under former President Donald Trump and then loving them once President Joe Biden took office — to the point where the "woke mob" is conducting a "witch hunt."
"When Trump in 2020 was champion[ing] these vaccines that were coming so quick, what did the left say?" Rodgers said. "And I'm talking about every member of the left: 'Don't trust the vaccine, don't get the vaccine, you're gonna die from the vaccine.' And then what happened? Biden wins, and everything flips. Shouldn't that initially give you a little bit of pause ... isn't this s**t about health and not about, like, politics?"
During an appearance on McAfee's show last month, Rodgers absolutely destroyed the "woke mob" as well as "cancel culture" that's focused on "silencing" and "shrinking" others.
"Now the rules of the game are that you must acquiesce with the woke mob at all times. You must," he said, before bringing a little zen to the mix. "However, when you live above the game, the game does not exist — and, Pat, that's where I'm at. I'm not a part of this game that's being played. This game is being played out by these individuals. And I see it, I hear it, but to me it's comedy."