Aaron Rodgers Was Considered as Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Presidential Running Mate (UPDATE)

The New York Giants quarterback is under contract through 2025.

Aaron Rodgers in a blazer and shirt smiling onstage at a sports event
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UPDATED 3/26, 8:16 p.m. ET: Aaron Rodgers won’t be running for VP after all.

According to the Associated Press, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has selected Nicole Shanahan, 38, as his vice presidential candidate for an independent White House bid. The lawyer and philanthropist was announced as Kennedy Jr.’s running mate on Monday in Oakland, California where Shanahan grew up.

Rodgers has not issued a response on his social media pages. ESPN reports that he is under contract with the Jets until 2025, so maybe 2028 will be his year to take office.

See original story below.

Could Aaron Rodgers be running for office? 

As unserious as it sounds, the New York Jets quarterback is reportedly eyeing a political career.

According to the New York Times, Rodgers is on the shortlist to be Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s running mate on an independent presidential ticket this November.

Kennedy confirmed to the Times that Rodgers and former Minnesota governor/WWE wrestler Jesse Ventura are under consideration. It’s not clear if the men have received any formal offers, but a source tells the NYT that they have “welcomed the overtures.”

The domain name kennedyrodgers.com was registered last week, signaling that perhaps a confirmation could be coming soon.

Last week Rodgers retweeted an RFK Jr. video captioned "The State of Our Union," adding, "This is presidential. #Kennedy24 #RFK."

This is presidential. #Kennedy24 #RFK # https://t.co/8CCoZ4k38r

— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) March 9, 2024
Twitter: @AaronRodgers12

Kennedy announced his independent presidential bid in October, but the move reportedly had Republicans concerned that the anti-vaccine activist could sway votes from former President Donald Trump, according to the Associated Press.

It’s uncertain how Rodgers, 40, would balance the second-highest office in the land with his obligations to the Jets. According to ESPN, he is under contract through 2025 and set to earn a guaranteed $35 million through his salary and bonuses this season.

The outlet notes that Rodgers shares similar views with Kennedy Jr. when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines, and other public health topics.

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