One candidate revealed why they turned down being Vice President

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The 2024 race almost received its biggest jolt yet.

There is still the question lingering about who will serve as the running mate for Donald Trump.

And now one candidate revealed why they turned down being Vice President.

New York Jets Quarterback Aaron Rodgers explains he rejected an offer to join Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s ticket

Speaking to reporters at the New York Jets practice, quarterback Aaron Rodgers explained that he’s very much interested in a political career and that he very much supports Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s independent bid for the White House.

But he explained that he turned down the offer of serving as Kennedy’s running mate because joining the ticket would mean retiring from the National Football League.

And Rodgers said he still had a lot of football left in him.

“I love Bobby,” Rodgers told the press. “We had a couple of really nice conversations but there were really two options — retire and be his VP or keep playing. I wanna keep playing.”

Rodgers joined the Jets last year to much fanfare after a stellar career in Green Bay that included four Most Valuable Player awards and one Super Bowl Championship.

But disaster struck when Rodgers tore his Achilles tendon on the first drive of the Jets opening game against the Buffalo Bills.

Rodgers explains why he considered joining the ticket

In an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Rodgers said he was very much interested in being Vice President as he saw it as a chance to do good for a country he loves and drain the “Swamp.”

“My thing is, [Donald Trump] had four years to do it and didn’t drain the ‘Swamp,’” Rodgers stated.

Rodgers didn’t entirely fault Trump for not fully draining the swamp as Rodgers concedes Trump may have underestimated the “Swamp’s” power.

“And whether he just got scared because of what he learned when he was in there — I think it’s very plausible,” Rodgers continued.

 Rodgers told Carlson his overriding love of country led him to put aside any reservations about a football player taking on a prominent role in a national campaign.

“But that’s why I was interested when Bobby came to me and said, ‘Would you think about being my running mate?’ And I said, ‘Are you serious? I’m a f**cking football player.’ But I love this country, and I’d love to be a part of bringing it back to what she used to be,” Rodgers added.

“Oh yeah, I definitely thought about it,” Rodgers concluded.

Polls show Robert F. Kennedy Jr. taking more votes from President Joe Biden than former President Donald Trump.

What if?

But would that have been the case with Rodgers on the ticket?

The media hates Rodgers just like Trump.

He’s an authentic opponent of pandemic mandates and vaccines as well as the war in Ukraine.

Putting Rodgers on the ticket may have allowed Kennedy to tap into the anti-establishment voters who only turn out in Presidential years that Trump is counting on to put him over the top.

Would Rodgers have retired and joined the Kennedy ticket had he played a full season with the Jets in 2023?

That could end up being one of the great what-ifs in not only American sports but also American politics.

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