‘Super Bowl hopes could be dashed’: Packers fans react to Aaron Rodgers’ COVID-19 diagnosis

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Rick Scuteri

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws as Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz.

MADISON, Wis. — While Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ teammates had his back Wednesday — at least publicly — after news broke that Rodgers had tested positive for COVID-19, football fans in Madison seemed less quick to forgive him.

Multiple reports surfaced Wednesday morning saying the star quarterback would be out for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers later confirmed the news, adding Rodgers to the Reserve/COVID-19 list and announcing Jordan Love will start his first NFL game in Rodgers’ place.

Some fans in Madison said they were surprised by the news while others were not. While responses varied, fans unanimously expressed worry about the team’s current seven-game win streak.

Whether it was disappointment in Rodgers for putting himself in a position to get the virus or for a lack of transparency surrounding his vaccination status, fans are not alone in their frustration.

“(I’m) bummed out, disappointed, frustrated, Super Bowl hopes could be dashed now,” Packers fan Mary Celley said.

“I feel like the team was trending up, we were ranked number one in the power rankings, and it’s just kind of a bummer to hear right at this point in the season when we seem to have gathered all the momentum.” fan Andrew Geissler said.

Fan Rob Gehl offered another take.

“Maybe we might save $30 million next year,” he said, laughing.

Fans said at this point, all they can do is hope for the best from Love on Sunday.