Aaron Rodgers is pleased to be at his home in Malibu, Calif., after describing a harrowing tale of his departure from Peru due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback told the tale on “The Pat McAfee Show” on CBS Sports Radio of how he and three other people were able to fly out of Peru nine days ago just 15 minutes before the local airport shut down.
“Have you seen the movie ‘Argo’?,” Rodgers asked McAfee and radio co-host A.J. Hawk, a former Packers teammate of the quarterback. “The scene at the end where they’re racing to the airport. Nobody was chasing us thankfully or holding us.
“We didn’t have to speak Farsi to get back into the country, but there were some moments where we worried we were not going to get out. It was absolute pandemonium at the airport.”
Rodgers said he would not be at home in Malibu, where he is currently following isolation guidelines with girlfriend Danica Patrick, if his traveling party had flown commercially out of Peru. The group was going to travel to other locations in South America by private plane when the country announced it would close its borders on March 16 to fight against the spread of COVID-19.
“When we rolled up to the airport at like 7 in the morning, it was wall-to-wall people and you couldn’t move. I was thinking, ‘This isn’t very safe.’ Not many masks on, and there was definitely a panic in the air,” Rodgers said. “But somehow [we] made it down and then they shut the airport down because it was really bad weather. They had a drop-dead time where they were going to shut the entire airport down. We made it by about 15 minutes.”
Rodgers said he was not quarantined after the return to California and added no one from his group has encountered any symptoms of the virus because they were in a remote part of Peru where no cases had been reported.
The former MVP did joke he would use his time wisely by doing a 24-hour show with Hawk by working out, taking care of his kids and watch obscure WWE videos. But he was pleased after his fourth time grocery shopping that he was able to buy a six-pack of toilet paper, which has become a rare commodity these days.
“Thankfully there was some signs that one per family or one per household,” Rodgers said. “And I bought a six pack. And that was a good day.”
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