Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted he was emotional after returning to the field in Week 10. Rodgers returned to the team following his 10-day absence and led the Packers to a 17-0 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
"A lot of emotions for sure," Rodgers said. "Good to be back with the guys, good to be back at home, good to be on the field, really. The most emotions from the whole night was probably walking off the field after the game.
It definitely got me a little misty. It was good to feel those types of emotions and good to be back with the guys." When asked why he got "misty" after the game, Rodgers said: "I just don't take these things for granted, walking off the field as a winner.
It's fun beating that squad. We've had some battles over the years. Just walking out with [teammate] Preston [Smith], who I have so much love and appreciation for, and then hearing that type of response from the crowd -- it was a little extra special today."
The Packers were confident Rodgers would figure it out
"I wouldn't say it was tough to game plan but you're always wondering how it's going to look on game day when you haven't had any reps with him," Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said.
"But we've got so much confidence in his ability to go out there and execute. I thought there were a lot of plays, for whatever reason, that didn't quite work out." After the game, Rodgers admitted he was tired.
"I'm happy; I'm just so tired," Rodgers said. "It's been a long, long 10 days ... I felt great on the field, but it's been a couple weeks since I've been out there playing. So it was fun to be back out there and I'm excited for our guys, I really am."
Rodgers said in August he was "immunized" But it was revealed that he wasn't vaccinated after he tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago. "Everybody has an opinion and I understand that it's a very polarizing issue for some individuals but I'm just focusing on the support that I got and it was deep and wide, and greatly appreciated," Rodgers said.
"There's always going to be criticism in this world. I don't define myself by the criticism but I understand it's a part of this because this issue is definitely polarizing. But again, I'm just so deeply grateful for all the people that reached out."