This is an MVP move right here.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers made a huge splash earlier this week when he made a $500,000 donation to the Barstool Fund to support small businesses damaged by government shutdowns during the pandemic. His half-million-dollar donation matched Barstool's El Presidente, Dave Portnoy's, initial 500K contribution.
On Tuesday, Rodgers made his regular appearance on the Pat McAfee show where he discussed his donation and why he chose to support this particular charity.
It's a great interview and really shows how compassionate Rodgers is and how he wants to give to something that directly helps the people who are most impacted by the government imposed shutdowns of small businesses.
Here's an excerpt of what Rodgers said:
That's the thing that you gravitate towards the most. It's just not having a reliance on the government to help you out...
I mean they've put these rules in place- they're not even following their own rules. I mean, you know, how many people have gotten caught- "Don't travel, don't leave the state!" Oh, here's so-and-so on a vacation, here's so-and-so at a salon. "Don't eat out at a restaurant unless you wear a mask and separate." Oh, here's a picture of the Governor of California violating those rules."
"Oh, public schools are closed, but I can send my kids to a private school, in-person."
For us to count on the government to help us out is becoming a joke at this point.
Rodgers absolutely puts the hypocrites in power on trial and destroys them for their lack of empathy as well as their personal selfishness. Taking a very specific shot at Gavin Newsom's visit to the French Laundry during the lockdown. Aaron takes no prisoners.
Rodgers also criticizes the government's handling of Covid relief and extolls the importance of personal charity. Rodgers is making this large contribution because he knows that it's real money going to real people.
People are hurting not just financially, but mentally. And I think this is such a great message of hope that there is [sic] people, there is [sic] good Samaritans out there who are gonna come step up and help out...
We've seen, you know, they drop a 500 page bill and millions and in some cases billions of dollars going to other countries, like, it's not like they're keeping this money on the home front for us.
Rodgers' message is simple: You can't rely on the government to take care of you, so we have to take care of each other.
Neighbors helping neighbors. That's what it's all about.
At the time of writing, the Barstool Fund has raised more than 22 million dollars for small businesses across the US.