The South American nation of Peru has sealed its borders in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. Some American travelers have unfortunately gotten stuck in the country, unclear when they'll be able to go home. One of those who was able to escape the country in the knick of time was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers and his group were on a trip through South America, that was set to hit a number of countries. When Peru announced its decision to shut down the borders, Rodgers was in a remote part of the Cusco region of the country. While the virus has not been confirmed there yet, they decided not to risk things and head back to the United States.
Now, he's back with girlfriend Danica Patrick. The pair is socially isolating at the Malibu mansion that they bought last year. Today, he called into Pat McAfee and former Packers teammate A.J. Hawk's show to discuss the situation. He compared the process of getting out of Peru to the Ben Affleck Academy Award winning movie Argo.
"The scene at the end where they’re racing to the airport. Nobody was chasing us, thankfully, or holding us," he said about the mad dash to the airport, as transcribed by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "There were some moments where we worried we were not going to get out. It was absolute pandemonium at the airport.”
Aaron Rodgers said that there a "panic in the air" at the Peruvian airport at 7 a.m. Luckily, he made it out without further issues.
It has been a busy few months with Rodgers, who came out strong against the NFL's CBA proposal last month. It wound up passing, which will have a big impact on the sport moving forward.
Of course, the biggest concern right now is getting to a point where we can safely have an NFL season at all, and getting the coronavirus under control in time for one.