Aaron Rodgers and Travis Kelce are taking jabs at each other over their vaccination beliefs.
In his weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee Show reviewing the Jets' to the Chiefs last week, the injured New York quarterback made fun of the Kansas City tight end for receiving and endorsing COVID-19 and flu vaccines, calling Kelce “Mr. Pfizer.”
“You know, Mr. Pfizer, we kind of shut him down a little bit. He didn’t have, you know, his like, crazy impact game. Obviously, you know, he had some yards and stuff,” Rodgers said.
Kelce has been the target of baseless criticisms from conservatives for being a spokesperson for Pfizer, which produces COVID-19 vaccines. He recently appeared in a commercial promoting the shot with his mother, Donna Kelce.
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Kelce responded to Rodgers' comments while talking to reporters last week, poking fun at the fact that the owner of the Jets is Woody Johnson, who is the heir of the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune.
“I thought it was pretty good. I mean, with this stache right now, I look like a guy named Mr. Pfizer,” Kelce said. “Who knew I’d get into the vax wars with Aaron Rodgers? Mr. Pfizer vs. the Johnson & Johnson family over there, man.”
Kelce emphasized the importance of the vaccine, which is proven to be safe and effective by countless studies.
“I got it because of keeping myself safe, keeping my family safe, the people in this building. So yeah, I stand by it, 1,000 percent, and I’m fully comfortable with him calling me Mr. Pfizer.”
“Mr. Pfizer said he didn’t think he’d be in a vax war with me. This ain’t a war, homie. This is just conversation,” Rodgers said.
Kelce may be too busy to partake in such a debate, as it has already been settled, and he is slated to play against the Denver Broncos on Thursday despite recently spraining his ankle. He is also in the middle of a media whirlwind over his developing relationship with popstar Taylor Swift.