Wade Law is a Carmel company made up of die-hard Colts fans. They’re laying the groundwork to recruit Aaron Rodgers in Indianapolis – with a giant billboard outside the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
The digital billboard, which reads #IndyWantsRodgers and features a Colts jersey with Rodgers’ name on the back, was put 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 believe the best players in the league should want to play for the Colts,” said Joseph Wade, founding attorney at Wade Law. “The better the Colts, the better the city. (Rodgers has) said he wanted to be with a team that doesn’t need to rebuild. Well, we got that team.”
Rodgers will likely be the league MVP for the second straight season. He led the Green Bay Packers to the NFC’s top seed, throwing for 4,115 yards and 37 touchdowns. His future is uncertain – whether he returns to the Packers, signs with another team or retires.
“Other teams in the league are playing their game,” Wade said. “I thought maybe we could go viral and see if he would consider Indianapolis.”
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The 10-time Pro Bowler has made as many headlines this season for his off-court commentary as for what he has done on the court. Before the season, Rodgers said he was “immune” – 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 “woke crowd’s sights”.
“So before my final nail is put in my cancel culture coffin, I’d like to set the record straight on so many blatant lies 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 expressed concerns about the long-term effects of vaccines, including on fertility. (According to a study on COVID-19 and male fertility found at the United States National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, “Findings on the effects of COVID-19 infection on the male reproductive system are currently insufficient because they are based on a small number of patients and are therefore often contradictory.”)
He then said he took monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, zinc, vitamin C and DHCQ (desethylhydroxychloroquine) and spoke with Joe Rogan.
“I consulted a good friend of mine, Joe Rogan, after he got COVID, and did a lot of things he recommended to me on his podcast and on the phone,” Rodgers said.
After the Packers’ season-ending loss to San Francisco, Rodgers told McAfee, “I don’t want to be a political person.” He said he doesn’t believe in the “mainstream narrative” on COVID.
“I don’t want my opinions to bolster anti-vaxxers and trigger vaxxed people,” he said. “I want to be someone who has an opinion, shares it, does research, but is also open to hearing both sides.”
Wade said he “couldn’t care less” about Rodgers’ “political views”.
“I don’t care about misinformation or whatever 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 probably going to be the 2021 MVP, and hopefully he can come to Indianapolis and be the 2022 MVP.”
Rodgers said he will announce a decision on his future by the end of February – and possibly on McAfee’s show. Wade said the billboard will be up for at least a month.
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