Packers Morning Buzz: Aaron Rodgers won't offer coronavirus advice from 'my ivory tower'
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers saying he has no plans to do any kind of public service announcement video about dealing with life during the coronavirus pandemic or how people should behave.
"One thing that I haven't done or will not do is (be) one of those celebs who's telling you how difficult it is, or stay-in-your-home stuff from a mansion," Rodgers said on former Packers teammate A.J. Hawk's podcast. "I just think that kind of falls on deaf ears. What I do know is that my friends who are small-business owners are really hurting. ...
"There's real people hurting, so I'm not going sit here in my privilege and tell people from my ivory tower to do this or do that ... I will say, let's all be smart about what we're doing and what we're seeing.
"But man, I know people are hurting and that is way more important to me than some sort of message that I can relate to you. That to me just falls on deaf ears."
Asked if he thought the 2020 NFL season might not start in September as scheduled because of the pandemic, Rodgers said, "We have to go from '10 or less' to 80,000 people. That's a pretty big jump, to start filling the stadiums back up."
You can listen to the entire 1-hour, 35-minute podcast here.
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