Aaron Rodgers to skip Pro Bowl

Aaron Rodgers will not play in this week’s Pro Bowl, even though the American Football Conference QB of the Year claimed earlier that he would be ready for his fourth Bowl appearance after falling…

Aaron Rodgers to skip Pro Bowl

Aaron Rodgers will not play in this week’s Pro Bowl, even though the American Football Conference QB of the Year claimed earlier that he would be ready for his fourth Bowl appearance after falling ill in late April. Rodgers, 31, tested positive for the Norovirus, which can affect everyone but those with chronic medical conditions.

Norovirus is one of the top two gastrointestinal illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. It can be passed from person to person by fecal matter through close contact.

Rodgers said that he fell ill after attending the premiere of “In the Heights,” an award-winning musical based on the experiences of Hispanic and Caribbean immigrants in New York City, on April 19. “It all started with two days of riding bikes through town,” Rodgers said. “I went to play horseshoes, and I was working out at my baseball training facility. I just started getting sick.”

Rodgers noted that he felt the virus was down to dehydration and that he was also feeling a bit of a headache. He found out what it was from an NFL trainer and immediately had his stomach pumped at a hospital in San Francisco. He said that there was no lasting damage.

The Green Bay Packer’s quarterback hit the game field only to watch the NFC team that he’d helped dominate in Week One battle the AFC. The NFC prevailed 27-24, after Eli Manning of the New York Giants threw an interception in the end zone on the final play.

In his postgame press conference, Rodgers took one more shot at the AFC’s A’s for packing an offensive line with only three starters and saying that they were without one of their cornerbacks, according to multiple media outlets. “They say they have a good offensive line,” Rodgers said, “and they do.”

Rodgers added, “If you’re not injured, you’re playing in the Pro Bowl. I’m not leaving here because I was just kind of run down. Maybe I’ll go out of town and play a little harder.”

A fan of the A’s, Rodgers grew up in San Diego as an A’s fan. He has attended three all-star games, three Pro Bowls, and most recently the Super Bowl in February.

The Rodgers’ illness pushed back the Green Bay Packers’ pre-season schedule to Friday, August 16th. It was originally scheduled for Saturday, August 18th.

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