Wade Law is a firm in Carmel made up of die-hard Colts fans. They’re making their pitch to recruit Aaron Rodgers to Indianapolis — with a giant billboard outside the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
The digital billboard, which says #IndyWantsRodgers and features a Colts jersey with Rodgers’ name on the back, went up Thursday. It can be seen near Gate 9 of the Indiana State Fairgrounds, closest to the intersection of Fall Creek Parkway and Evanston Avenue.
“We have an amazing city, and we think that the best players in the league should want to play for the Colts,” said Joseph Wade, Wade Law’s founding attorney. “The better the Colts are, I think the better the city is. (Rodgers has) said he wants to be with a team that doesn’t need to rebuild. Well, we have that team.”
Rodgers will likely be the league’s MVP for the second straight season. He led the Green Bay Packers to the top seed in the NFC, throwing for 4,115 yards and 37 touchdowns. His future is uncertain. He could return to the Packers, retire or be traded to another team.
“Other teams around the league are making their play for it,” Wade said. “I figured maybe we can make it go viral and see if he would consider Indianapolis.”
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The 10-time Pro Bowler made just as many headlines this season for his off-field comments as for what he did on the field. Prior to the season, Rodgers said he was “immunized” — then tested positive for COVID-19 and followed protocols for unvaccinated players.
After entering the league’s COVID protocols, he appeared on the Pat McAfee Show and said he was in the “crosshairs of the woke mob”.
“So before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I’d like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies out there right now,” he said.
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He said he was allergic to an ingredient in mRNA vaccines, which meant he couldn’t get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. He also expresses concerns about the long-term effects of the vaccines, including on fertility. (According to a study on COVID-19 and male fertility found in the United States National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, “The results on effects of COVID-19 infection on the male reproductive system are currently insufficient as they are based on a small number of patients and therefore are often contradictory.”)
He then proceeded to say that he had been taking monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, zinc, Vitamin C and DHCQ (desethylhydroxychloroquine), and had been talking with Joe Rogan.
“I consulted with a good friend of mine, Joe Rogan, after he got COVID, and I’ve been doing a lot of the stuff he recommended on his podcast and on the phone to me,” Rodgers said.
After the Packers’ season-ending loss to San Francisco, Rodgers told McAfee, “I don’t want to be a politicized person.” He said he doesn’t believe the “mainstream narrative” on COVID.
“I don’t want my views bolstering the anti-vaxxers and triggering the vaxxed people,” he said. “I want to be somebody who has an opinion, who shares it, who does research, but who is also open to hearing both sides.”
Wade said “he couldn’t care less” about Rodgers’ “political opinions.”
“I don’t care about misinformation or anything that people claim he’s spreading,” he said. “I don’t care about his political views. I care about what he does on the field. He’s likely going to be the MVP for 2021, and hopefully, he can come to Indianapolis and be the MVP for 2022.”
Rodgers has said he will announce a decision on his future by late February — and maybe on McAfee’s show. Wade said the billboard will be up for at least a month.
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