There are certain football players and coaches I don’t like. I hold a grudge.

I feel that they were the cause of my favorite former high school, college and NFL football player quarterback Ingle Martin not reaching the heights of football stardom that he should have obtained.

When I lived in Nashville, Tennessee, me and my husband watched high school football at MBA (Montgomery Bell Academy). I had been doing graphic design work for country music singers and Tanya Tucker’s sister, LaCosta, told us to check them out. I think she had a family member on the team.

I love watching quarterbacks who are passing quarterbacks and Ingle Martin was right up my alley. When Martin was on the team, MBA won three consecutive Tennessee state championships with 32 consecutive wins. He got all kinds of accolades and rankings as a top football QB. I loved watching him. He was fantastic.

He went on to play for the University of Florida after high school. He played as a backup for Rex Grossman under coach Steve Spurrier and he also punted and played wide receiver. 

He started in the first four games of the season in Florida in 2003, but under new head coach Ron Zook, he was replaced by QB Chris Leak.

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Martin moved on to Furman University after the end of his junior season where he set a number of passing records for their team.

After college, he went into the NFL and played for the Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos and then for the UFL New York Sentinels before they folded in 2012.

When Martin was with the Green Bay Packers, he never had a chance to be a star on the field because he was third-string QB behind Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.

Aaron Rodgers.

He is one of the QBs who was ahead of Martin on the roster and is still playing. And I still root against him. So what if he’s a great passer? I’m still holding a grudge.

Or at least I was until the pandemic came along and Rodgers tried to game the system by telling everyone that he was “immunized” when they asked if he had been vaccinated. I found that pretty impressive.

After testing positive for COVID-19, Rodgers got lots of criticism for not being vaccinated.

Rodgers told the woke crowd that he had an allergy to the ingredients that are in the mRNA vaccines and that he believes in bodily autonomy and the ability to make choices for his own body.

He talked about not having to acquiesce to “some work culture or crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something. Health is not a one-size-fits-all for everybody.”

Quoting Martin Luther King Jr., Rodgers said that he had a “moral obligation to object to unjust rules and rules that make no sense.”

He has questioned why there aren’t more conversations about legitimate COVID-19 treatment options including the therapies that he took including Ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies.

More recently, Rodgers was right on target when he said that science that can’t be tested is “propaganda.”

So while I will continue to follow the NFL teams with my favorite Alabama QBs including the Dolphins, Patriots and Eagles, I am now pro-Green Bay Packers and pro-Aaron Rodgers because of his eloquence in calling out the COVID-19 propaganda crowd.