Packers' Aaron Rodgers compares stay-at-home orders to 'house arrest,' wants sports back

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Aaron Rodgers just wants to get back to work.

Speaking with Green Bay reporters during a conference call, the Super-Bowl winning quarterback sounded off on the country's current stay-at-home orders while it battles the coronavirus pandemic:

For many of us — and I've seen a lot of comments on this and obviously my story coming back from Peru before the country kind of went into a lockdown — I think we all were buying into the idea of quarantine to flatten the curve and I think there are a lot of questions now that it's more of a house arrest to find a cure with people wondering exactly what that means as far as the future of the country and the freedoms we're allowed to have at this point.

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Rodgers mentioned that while the country is facing unprecedented crises — unemployment rates and the suicide hotline up "8,000 percent" — the veteran QB hopes that sports are a part of the solution once the country begins to reopen and get back to some normalcy.

"There's really a lot of problems going on in the country right now associated with the fear around this pandemic and I hope that we can use some common sense moving forward and make decisions that are going to be in the best interest of all people moving forward, and I hope that sports is a part of that at some point," he said.

The sports world has been halted since March 12, when the NCAA conference tournaments, the NBA season, the MLB season and other events were postponed or canceled worldwide.

In March, Rodgers spent time in Peru and found himself in a mad dash to escape the airport as the country shut down because of the pandemic. He compared his escape from the country to the Ben Affleck movie "Argo."

"The scene at the end where they're racing to the airport," Rodgers told ESPN in March. "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."

Parts of the United States are softly reopening, with sports still (seemingly) a bit away. The NFL is currently operating under business-as-usual circumstances, so maybe Rodgers will get his wish of an NFL season soon.

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