During Aaron Rodgers’ 2021 NFL season, he had a rocky start as he completed only 15 of 28 passes for 133 yards and threw two interceptions in a loss to the New Orleans Saints. However, he and the Packers were able to bounce back, winning seven consecutive games following the loss.
Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 in November and was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. Despite saying he was “immunized” during the preseason, he had not actually received a COVID-19 vaccine and had committed multiple violations of NFL COVID-19 protocols. After a review, he was fined $14,650, and his team was fined $300,000 for the violations.
Rodgers returned to play against the Seattle Seahawks in November and had a strong performance in Week 15, throwing for 268 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Baltimore Ravens. He also set a new record for the most career touchdown passes in Green Bay Packers history.
Rodgers finished the 2021 season with 4,115 passing yards, 37 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He earned his fourth career First-team All-Pro selection and was named the AP NFL Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season and the fourth time overall.
Despite rumors that he might retire or demand a trade, Rodgers confirmed in March 2022 that he would return to play for the Packers in the 2022 season. He signed a 3-year contract extension worth $150.8 million, making him the highest-paid player in North American sports history on an annual basis.