“The worst thing that has happened to the Packers this year has been Pat McAfee.”
After an ugly 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1, the forks came out for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Since then, the Packers have pulled off five straight wins, and the Rodgers-led offense has scored no less than 24 points in a game. Everything would be perfect in Cheesehead Land right now without NFL punter turned talk show host Pat McAfee. At least according to ESPN’s Tim Hasselbeck.
Aaron Rodgers has a weekly spot on Pat McAfee’s show
Aaron Rodgers has spent his offseason trying to get out of Green Bay. Reports emerged just before the 2021 NFL Draft that the 17-year-old veteran wanted a trade away from Wisconsin. However, football fans didn’t hear much about the flagman himself until he showed up at the camp.
It was then that Rodgers gave an epic press conference in which he brought his grievances to the Packers front office – specifically GM Brian Gutekunst.
Since then, Rodgers has delivered a few more press conference drive-bys. However, the place where he shares most of his thoughts is on The Pat McAfee 2.0 Show. Every Tuesday, he joins Pat McAfee, the former Indianapolis Colts bettor, to discuss a wide range of topics. He even gives book recommendations under the Aaron Rodgers Book Club.
This week, McAfee explained that the segment took place when the two, who previously didn’t know each other well, had a long conversation while having a few adult drinks at a rain-delayed golf tournament in the Bahamas.
âI’m so lucky for this platform, especially this one, to be here to talk to you guys. It means a lot to me, âRodgers told McAfee and his team. âBecause I think people see me in a little different light. “
He also said that being able to speak freely on McAfee’s show helps him to âstay sane,â âtell the truthâ and âin fact, set the record straight on some of these things â.
The appearances are definitely great for McAfee’s audience and apparently great for Rodgers’ sanity. However, another former NFL player who has a platform on ESPN says it’s not so good for the Packers.
Tim Hasselbeck says Green Bay Packers ‘biggest problem is Rodgers’ word
Tim Hasselbeck enjoyed a four-year NFL career in which he appeared in 12 games. He wasn’t as successful on the court as his three-time Pro Bowl brother, but he moved on to broadcasting and became an accomplished NFL analyst after his playing days.
Former Boston College Eagle has joined ESPN’S Get up morning show this week to discuss Rodgers in the wake of the quarterback’s last appearance with McAfee. During the conversation, the 5-1 caller explained his now famous “I own you” comments to Chicago Bears fans and took the opportunity to attack “the crowd awake” and “cancel the crop.”
Hasselbeck told Get up hosts:
I think the worst thing that happened to the Packers this year was Pat McAfee. I mean, let’s be honest. Think about it. Whether it’s a conversation about Mike Tomlin, whether it’s the offseason when Adam Schefter was like, “Hey, if you could just give Aaron Rodgers a truth serum …” It’s like , no, he doesn’t need a truth serum. He needs a scotch and Pat McAfee! And he’s going to tell you exactly what he’s thinking, and that’s going to spark a discussion about everything about his future: does he want to be there? How angry is he still with the organization?
Tim Hasselbeck on Aaron Rodgers and Pat McAfee
Hasselbeck admitted Rodgers “plays at a ridiculously high level”. Still, he believes the QB’s conversations with McAfee are becoming a distraction for the team, which could hurt his chances for long-term success in the 2021 season.
Like any good sportsman of shock, McAfee responded head on to the comments.
McAfee says he agrees with Hasselbeck’s assessment
Pat McAfee’s first response to Tim Hasselbeck’s comments was on Twitter. The old bettor tweeted a GIF of Peter Griffin from family guy, saying, “Woah, woah, woah.”
On the next day’s show, McAfee responded to the on-air comments:
We would like everyone to know that we are friends with Tim Hasselbeck. … Telling him that we are a threat on Get up, I think it was meant to be a joke. â¦ I appreciate everyone watching this show telling them to fuck off – which, by the way, I talk to people about fucking if they deserve it or whatever – but I think as Tim, Green [Mike Greenberg], and them, I think we have friends there.
Pat McAfee on Tim Hasselbeck and Aaron Rodgers
He also noted that he understood the point Hasselbeck was trying to make. It’s that “if you’re a front office member of the Packers, you’ve got to hold your breath, I guess, every Tuesday that Aaron comes here.”
And, in all of this, it is the best of all. No one ever knows what Rodgers is going to say when chatting with McAfee, and it must be terrifying for the Packers organization.
In the first six weeks of the NFL season alone, Rodgers spoke about his love for the Pittsburgh Steelers organization, the state of the media in 2021, Jon Gruden, Urban Meyer, Deflategate, UFOs and more.
Whether Tim Hasselbeck (or the Packers) like it or not, listening to Aaron Rodgers talk to Pat McAfee is one of the greatest pleasures of the 2021 NFL season.
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