Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on a mission to tell the truth these days. It started in the offseason when he said he didn’t want to come back to the team in 2021. It and continued when he returned and let the team’s front office have it in an epic press conference. Now, Rodgers is even setting the record straight on a comment he made years ago. It was a comment that ultimately involved him in the court case around Deflategate.
Tom Brady brought football PSI to America’s attention with Deflategate
(L-R) Phil Simms, Aaron Rodgers | Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images; Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images.
For anyone who has mercifully forgotten about Deflategate, here is a quick refresher.
In the 2014 NFL AFC Championship game, the Indianapolis Colts requested that NFL officials test the inflation levels of the footballs at halftime of the game against the New England Patriots. What the league found was that the balls’ inflation levels fell under the required 12.5 pounds per square inch (psi) of pressure.
An ensuing league investigation found that Patriots QB Tom Brady intentionally ordered team equipment managers to deflate the balls to make them easier for the signal-caller to grip.
Brady and the Patriots vehemently denied these claims and fought the NFL’s penalties in federal court. The Deflategate saga dragged on for the entire 2015 season and into 2016.
The end result was a Brady suspension for the first four games of the 2016 season, a $1 million fine for the organization, and the Patriots losing their 2016 first- and 2017 fourth-round draft picks.
What does this have to do with Aaron Rodgers and his crusade to set the record straight?
Apparently, a comment that Rodgers made to former New York Giants QB and current CBS analyst Phil Simms about the PSI Rogers likes his footballs at made its way into the court case surrounding Deflategate.
However, the way some interpreted his words back then was incorrect. So, Rodgers used his weekly spot on The Pat McAfee Show 2.0 to bring the truth to light.
Aaron Rodgers set the record straight on how inflated he likes his footballs
“I love rebutting narratives that are incredibly false.. there was a narrative used during deflategate that I like balls over inflated but all I ever told Phil Simms was I can’t throw a flat ball” ~@AaronRodgers12#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/fpA5xU2RXc
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) October 12, 2021
Aaron Rodgers joins former NFL punter Pat McAfee and his crew every Tuesday during the NFL season. The conversations are always wide-ranging and even include Rodger’s book recommendations for the listeners.
While discussing last week’s Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals game, the host mentioned Defategate and asked Rodgers how he liked his footballs inflated.
The 17-year veteran took this opportunity to explain his connection to the Tom Brady scandal and how the misrepresentation that he likes his footballs overinflated came about.
“I love rebutting narratives that are incredibly false,” Rodgers explained. “There was a narrative used during the Brady Deflategate that I like balls overinflated. And this came from a comment …read more
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