Recently, NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers — who has played for the Green Bay Packers organization since 2005 — came under fire when news broke that he had been untruthful about receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.
ESPN summed up the situation in a recent article:
…[Rodgers acknowledged that] he might have misled people about his vaccination status — but stood by his decision — and said he hoped the reaction will be the same as always when he’s introduced at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
In his weekly appearance Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Rodgers attempted to clarify some of the points he made Friday, which drew criticism both in and out of the sports arena.
Rodgers remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive last week, when it was also revealed that he was unvaccinated despite him telling reporters in August that he had been “immunized.” The earliest he can be cleared is Saturday, one day before the Packers host the Seattle Seahawks.
Last week, the Pack’s seven-game winning streak was snapped when Jordan Love started at quarterback.
Now, an unlikely source has weighed in on the Rodgers drama. Star Wars icon Mark Hamill is less-than-pleased with Rodgers’s clothing choice when he defended himself on former Indianapolis Colts punter McAfee’s show.
Hamill noticed that Rodgers — a known Star Wars fan — chose a Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker sweatshirt for his recent appearance. The Things We Do In the Dark actor, who has an active social media presence, took to Twitter to say:
Of all the sweatshirts he could have worn, he had to take full responsibility in THAT one?
Of all the sweatshirts he could have worn, he had to take full responsibility in THAT one? 😩 https://t.co/c4vntkHAHg
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 10, 2021
Hamill has been vocal about his support of the vaccine, so his reaction is unsurprising. Rodgers has not responded to the Star Wars legend at this time.
Will Mark Hamill return to Star Wars?
The actor then went on to appear as Anakin Skywalker’s son in four more Skywalker Saga films — the rest of the original trilogy, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983), and two sequel trilogy movies, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017) and, very briefly, in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
He then, of course, made his epic return to the Star Wars universe as a CGI version of Return of the Jedi-era Skywalker in Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode (“Chapter 16: The Rescue”), shocking Star Wars fans everywhere.
Skywalker swooped in with his X-wing — and a green lightsaber — just in time to save Grogu, bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), and Nite Owl warrior Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks) from Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and his Dark Trooper squad.
The Jedi then left with Grogu and R2-D2 in tow, indicating that there is far more of his story left to tell. While we don’t know at this time if Hamill will continue portraying Skywalker in CGI form — this seems unlikely as a long-term solution, frankly — or if another actor, like Marvel’s Sebastian Stan, will be cast in the role, it seems to be all but a foregone conclusion that Skywalker will appear again in the “Mando-verse”.
Rumors of a full Luke Skywalker series remain unconfirmed at this time.
What do you think about Hamill’s comments?