New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a special nickname for the Kansas City Chiefs tight end
The New York Jets’ Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was disappointing. Moral victories aren’t usually considered something to revel in, especially at the NFL level. With that said, there were plenty of surprises from the Jets.
One of those was the containment of Travis Kelce. Kelce had six catches for 60 yards but was held out of the end zone for the first time this season. Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers took notice of the team’s effort against the future Hall of Fame tight end. He also dubbed Kelce with a new nickname.
Appearing on the Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers spoke on the progress of his Achilles injury and the Jets’ recent game against Kansas City. When referring to Kelce, who has gained notoriety for his romantic involvement with Taylor Swift, Rodgers didn’t hesitate to throw a friendly “jab” (we’ll call it) at the Chiefs’ tight end.
“There’s some sort of moral victory out there that we hung with the champs and that our defense played well,” Rodgers said of the Jets’ performance. “Pat [Mahomes] didn’t have a crazy game; and ‘Mr. Pfizer,’ we shut him down. He didn’t have a crazy impact game. Obviously he had some yards, but I felt like for the most part, we played really tough on defense, and played well the last three quarters.”
Aaron Rodgers casually calls Travis Kelce "Mr. Pfizer" while talking about how the #Jets limited him on Sunday night.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) October 3, 2023
The comments come days after Kelce was seen starring in a new Pfizer commercial promoting the COVID-19 boosters. It is the only video on Kelce’s Instagram page that has the comments turned off.
NFL Tight End Travis Kelce is Pfizer’s Latest Poster Boy for the New COVID Booster
Note: This is his only post with the comments turned off pic.twitter.com/AaYR03JEvf
— Chief Nerd (@TheChiefNerd) September 23, 2023
As most fans are aware, Rodgers has an interesting history with COVID-19 and the regulations that occurred in the NFL during the virus’s peak. Rodgers famously declared himself “immunized” when questioned as to whether he’s received the COVID-19 vaccination.
Aaron Rodgers said “yeah I’m immunized” when asked if he was vaxxed previously pic.twitter.com/hCBFaZpYE0
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 3, 2021
Since then, it’s been common knowledge that the Jets quarterback is not vaccinated against the virus – and that’s led to a storm of comments from media members.
Despite the nickname given to the Chiefs’ tight end, Rodgers did have a conversation with Kelce prior to the Jets-Chiefs game on Sunday night. So maybe the nickname is more of a joke among friends than malice against another player.
wonder what they’re talking about pic.twitter.com/FEH31AtqCL
— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 1, 2023
“I think some things need to be left on the field,” Rodgers said. “It’s a better story, probably, left up to the imagination. I saw some different things on speculation about what we were talking about. But I’ve known him for a long time, it was just a quick chat.”
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