Aaron Rodgers jokes about ‘definitely’ shaking Richard Sherman’s hand
Aaron Rodgers will attempt to avoid the kind of drama that ensnared one of his fellow NFL quarterbacks earlier this season, as evidenced by his joking remark about shaking Richard Sherman’s hand ahead of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.
Appearing Tuesday on ESPN Radio’s “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz,” the Green Bay Packers quarterback sagely avoided potential controversy when the host attempted to bait him into providing bulletin-board material for the San Francisco 49ers.
When Le Batard asked if he intended to duck Sherman, Rodgers knew he was being set up given his response.
“No, I’m definitely gonna shake his hand pre-game,” Rodgers laughed, as transcribed by NBC Sports Bay Area. “Show him the respect, mutual respect. It’s gonna be all love and respect.”
Rodgers is of course making reference to what was referred to in some circles as “Handshake-gate.” It all stemmed from Sherman claiming Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield snubbed him and his 49ers teammates during pregame handshakes, either before or after the coin toss, ahead of the teams’ “Monday Night Football” showdown on Oct. 7.
Sherman blasted Mayfield after the game, calling the Browns signal-caller’s conduct “some college s—.”
The outspoken 49ers cornerback later walked back his remarks after video evidence contradicted his accusations, as Mayfield was shown in said footage participating in the pregame handshakes. Mayfield also downplayed the situation by joking about it.
Despite Rodgers’ jovial remarks ahead of Sunday’s tilt, the Packers quarterback will have revenge on his mind when taking the field at Levi’s Stadium. Rodgers vowed on the day his hometown 49ers passed on him in the 2005 NFL Draft that the team would live to regret it.