Aaron Rodgers opens up on Deflategate, Phil Simms’ comments with Pat McAfee
Posted On October 13, 2021
Aaron Rodgers wanted to set the record straight when he appeared on “The Pat McAfee Show” weekly on Tuesday.
From the reason he lets his long hair grow out (he says it wasn’t just for his Halloween costume) to Deflategate, Rodgers has had the floor to clarify anything he says is misleading or wrong to his. topic.
Deflate? Yes, that Deflategate scandal that involved Tom Brady and the New England Patriots from 2015.
The topic of Deflategate was started after McAfee, a former NFL bettor, asked Rodgers about his first quarter interception against Cincinnati and if he likes the air pressure in the ball to change depending on the weather he is in. will play.
“I like them the same every week and for 14 years,” said Rodgers, who explained that Sunday’s pitch was “wobbly” and it was just “not a good pitch,” despite the conditions. windy.
Rodgers said he liked the balloons to be between 13 and 13½ (pounds per square inch). According to NFL rules, soccer balls must be inflated to a gauge pressure between 12½ and 13½ PSI.
In Deflategate, 11 of the Patriots’ balls were found to be under-inflated in the 2014 AFC Championship game.
The case went to federal courts and after Brady initially rescinded his four-game suspension, the quarterback was ultimately suspended for four games at the start of the 2016 season. The Patriots were fined $ 1. million dollars and also lost draft picks.
So what does Deflategate have to do with Rodgers?
“I’m glad you asked that question because I love to refute the insanely false accounts,” the three-time NFL MVP told McAfee. “I can finally suppress this ridiculous tale that started with a bizarre question in my opinion about intentionally deflating soccer balls when it’s cold.”
Rodgers said “there was this story during the Brady Deflategate that I love over inflated soccer balls”.
This story began from a broadcast on November 30, 2014, when the Packers were playing against the Patriots, months before that AFC Championship game.
During the show, Phil Simms, then on the NFL’s main broadcast team for CBS, said Rodgers at a production meeting told him something “unique” about it. meaning he liked to “push the limit on how much air we can put into football.”
Rodgers said Simms asked him at that meeting if he intentionally deflates balls in winter to get better grip. Rodgers said Tuesday he remembers being taken aback by the question and told Simms he wouldn’t because he “can’t throw a flat ball.”
“I have big hands and strong grip pressure so I would rather if there was a problem, I would rather have an overinflated ball as a kicker rather than underinflated,” Rodgers recalls, adding that he knows the acceptable PSI range.
“Then he goes on the air and says I like over-inflated balloons,” Rodgers continued.
McAfee was about to move on to the next question, but Rodgers was not finished.
“You can’t even throw an over-inflated ball because the referees have the ability to search the bag before the game and they check the PSI levels on each soccer ball,” Rodgers said.
The topic seemed closed when the conversation turned to Rodgers’ long hair after McAfee co-host AJ Hawk asked him if he had chosen his Halloween costume. Rodgers cleared things up on this as well, but then returned to Deflategate.
“Let me go back to Deflategate,” Rodgers repeated.
Rodgers said Simms’ statement was actually used in the case by Brady’s attorneys at an appeal hearing in 2015.
“This is how things can go from a production meeting question to me saying ‘no I can’t throw a football flat’ to what is signaled as I overinflate the balls to whoever is. used as a defense in a court case, ”Rodgers said. “It’s part of the ridiculous where stories can go from time to time.
“I have no problem with Phil Simms.… He obviously misspoke and this thing has become a bigger deal than ever.
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