New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently took a dig at Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce over his recent partnership with Pfizer to push for the COVID-19 vaccine, but on Friday the two-time Super Bowl champion responded with a dig of his own.
Kelce, 33, was questioned by reporters at a news conference ahead of Sunday’s match against Minnesota Vikings regarding Rodgers’ comments earlier this week in which he indirectly called Kelce “Mr. Pfizer.”
“I thought it was pretty good,” Kelce said with a laugh.
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“I mean, with the mustache right now, I look like a guy named Mr. Pfizer. Who would have thought I would get into the vaccine war with Aaron Rodgers, man? Mr. Pfizer versus the Johnson and Johnson family over there,” Kelce joked in reference to Jets owner Woody Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson company.
Rodgers made the remark during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” following the Jets’ 23-20 loss to the Chiefs.
“There’s kind of a moral victory that we faced the champs and our defense played well,” Rodgers said. “Pat (Mahomes) didn’t have a crazy game, and ‘Mr. Pfizer,’ we shut him down. He didn’t have a crazy impact game. Obviously he had some yards and all that, But I felt like, for the most part, we played really hard on defense and played well the last three quarters.”
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Kelce has been featured in ads for the pharmaceutical giant behind its COVID-19 and flu vaccines.
Asked about the partnership, Kelce doubled the bet on his belief in the vaccine.
“Once I got the vaccine, I got it to keep myself and my family safe and the people in this building safe. So yeah, I stand by it a thousand percent. Completely comfortable with the fact that he calls me Mr. Pfizer.”
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Rodgers has been outspoken about his opposition to the vaccine throughout the pandemic and afterward. In 2021, he was sidelined due to a broken toe, which many assumed was “COVID toe”, a side effect he debunked when he showed his bare foot to the journalists at a press conference.
Ryan Morik of Fox News contributed to this report.