Aaron Rodgers calls cancellation of Hall of Fame Game ‘unfortunate’
Aaron Rodgers wasn’t going to play in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game between his Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts, but the quarterback nevertheless said the cancellation of the game was “unfortunate.”
Officials decided to cancel the game due to concerns over player safety, mostly due to issues with the turf related to the misapplication of paint in certain areas of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, making the playing surface dangerous. Subsequent attempts to fix the problem further compromised the integrity of the turf.
Rodgers said Tuesday that when he took the field about three hours before the scheduled start of the game, he quickly realized there were issues.
“My first step on the end zone paint,” Rodgers said, via Ryan Wood of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I realized that’s a little odd. But then I went through my workout, and I realized something was going on at midfield. They had some issues with the way the paint had warmed up and kind of stuck together there like kind of a plastic consistency.”
The Packers veteran signal-caller said he realized the field was in rough shape as he watched groundskeepers frantically trying to remove paint and excess rubber pellets from the midfield area.
“They made the decision in the interest of player safety. The substance they were trying to get the paint off with, I can promise you, was not health-conscious at all,” he said. “So I think they ultimately made the right decision.”
Rodgers refused to blame anyone for the game’s cancellation when speaking with reporters Monday, but since he’s been given a lot of rest by Packers head coach Mike McCarthy during training camp, it didn’t impact his preparation for the season since he wasn’t going to play in the game anyway.
In fact, Rodgers, despite practicing for the first time since last Wednesday during Tuesday’s session, declared he’s ready for the season to start “right now.”
Given the arguably embarrassing sequence of gaffes that culminated in the Hall of Fame Game’s cancellation, the NFL probably couldn’t agree more with that sentiment.
[Pro Football Talk]