Cancer Patient, Packers Fans Upset by Aaron Rodgers Criticism

by: cancercompass

Wearing a pink Green Bay Packers baseball cap and a pink Green Bay Packers sweatshirt, breast cancer patient Jan Cavanaugh and her husband drove to the airport right after Jan  received chemotherapy treatments last weekend to see their beloved football team off to Atlanta.

Canvanaugh was interviewed by WBAY while she waited for players to arrive at the airport, stating that she wanted to get Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to sign her pink hat.

Rodgers claimed to have not seen Cavanaugh as he passed her by in the airport a few minutes later, and now some claim he "snubbed" her.

However, Canvanaugh's love for Rodgers and the Packers hasn't waned. In fact, she's upset by the backlash.

“I am very unhappy with people making so much out of this, because this really isn’t that big of a deal. It’s up to the players to decide who they want to give an autograph to, and that’s their prerogative," she told WBAY.

Others in the sports community are rallying behind Rodgers as well. CBSSports.com National Columnist Gregg Doyel claims Rodgers is "a great guy off the field" despite what people think of the incident on Saturday. Doyel further explains that Rodgers is on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer and cares deeply for his fans - especially the kids.

“Look, I’ve dealt with Aaron Rodgers on several occasions, and I have to say that you’re not going to find a more accessible, stand-up guy,” NBCSports.com writer Rick Chandler notes. “Of course it’s now come to light that Rodgers has signed several items for Cavanaugh in the past. With so many legitimate questions out there concerning the character of certain NFL quarterbacks, it’s a shame that this typhoon-in-a-teapot needs to be so blown out of proportion.”

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