NY Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce are engaged in a seemingly friendly war of words over the former's recent comments on The Pat McAfee Show.
Rodgers referred to Kelce as "Mr. Pfizer" in a recent appearance on McAfee's show, a reference to the star tight end's appearance in a commercial for Pfizer that encouraged people to get vaccinated.
Kelce fired back at Rodgers on Thursday when asked about his comments. The eight-time Pro Bowler was in good spirits about the comment, insisting that he had no issues with Rodgers' new nickname for him.
If anything, he doubled down on his vaccine support while having some fun with Rodgers in the process. Kelce specifically made sure to note that Rodgers' current employer, Woody Johnson, is the heir to one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
"I thought it was pretty good. With the mustache, I look like someone named Mr. Pfizer. Who knew I'd get into vax wars with Aaron Rodgers, man? Mr. Pfizer vs Johnson and Johnson family over there."
Aaron Rodgers and Travis Kelce are having some fun with a sensitive topic
Rodgers made headlines two years ago following his claim that he was "immunized" from COVID-19, a misleading claim since he never actually received the vaccine. He's been very outspoken against the vaccine since then.
As for Kelce, he reaffirmed his stance on Friday, insisting that he got the vaccine to keep himself, his family, and his co-workers safe. He also told reporters that he's fully "comfortable" with Rodgers calling him "Mr. Pfizer."
While it's easy to blow a situation like this out of proportion, it does appear that neither Rodgers nor Kelce holds any ill will toward the other. The two were seen chatting it up before Sunday's game and, by all accounts, are at least friendly with one another.
Both Rodgers and Kelce probably have bigger things to worry about than a light-hearted vaccine debate. Let's hope this is the end of a brief and forgettable chapter in both of these teams' seasons.