Aaron Rodgers recalls ‘pandemonium’ at Peru airport as he rushed to escape country before coronavirus shutdown: ‘We made it by 15 minutes’

By Brian Marks For Dailymail.com

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He’s used to quick thinking and making important decisions on the football field.

Aaron Rodgers showed he’s able to keep it together in a real-life crisis too when he recounted his dramatic escape from a bustling airport in Peru.

The 36-year-old Green Bay Packers quarterback called in to the Pat McAfee Show on Friday to detail how he caught a flight out of the South American country just before the airport amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Nick of time: Aaron Rodgers, 36, recounted a last-minute escape on Friday from a Peru airport just before it closed due to the coronavirus; shown in 2019

Aaron, who was traveling with three other people, told the host that his flight out of the country nine days ago felt like a scene from Ben Affleck’s hit movie Argo, about a group of Americans trying to escape Iran after the 1979 revolution.

The film features a climactic scene in which the group have to rush for their own flight out of the country. 

‘Nobody was chasing us, thankfully, or holding us,’ he said, referring to the movie. ‘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.’

Suspense: Aaron called in to the Pat McAfee show to recount how his flight felt like the climactic airport escape from the Ben Affleck-directed movie Argo

Quick escape: ‘Nobody was chasing us, thankfully, or holding us,’ he said, referring to the movie. ‘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’; shown in 2018

According to Aaron, there was ‘absolute pandemonium at the airport’ as people rushed to make flights before the impending shutdown.

The passengers didn’t seem to be observing social distancing or taking any obvious precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

‘When we rolled up to the airport at, like, 7 in the morning, it was wall-to-wall people and you couldn’t move,’ he said.

‘I was thinking, “This isn’t very safe.” Not many masks on, and there was definitely a panic in the air.’

No social distancing: ‘When we rolled up to the airport at, like, 7 in the morning, it was wall-to-wall people and you couldn’t move,’ he said; pictured with his ex Olivia Wilde in 2015

Overwhelming: ‘I was thinking, “This isn’t very safe.” Not many masks on, and there was definitely a panic in the air’

Rodgers revealed on the call that he’s still symptom free, despite the total lack of social distancing.

He also recounted how his flight left the ground only minutes before everything was grounded.

‘Somehow [we] made it through, and then they shut the airport down because it was really bad weather. They had a drop-dead time where they were going to shut the entire airport down — we made it by about 15 minutes,’ he explained.

Feeling good: Rodgers, who was traveling with three other unnamed people, said he’s still free of COVID-19 symptoms; pictured in 2018 with his girlfriend Danica Patrick

Close call: ‘Somehow [we] made it through, and then they shut the airport down because it was really bad weather. They had a drop-dead time where they were going to shut the entire airport down — we made it by about 15 minutes,’ he explained 

As of Saturday, Peru has reported 635 cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and 11 deaths.

Meanwhile, the United States leads the world in documented cases with more than 113,000. It has reported 1,895 deaths, less than other nations that had earlier outbreaks.

Aaron didn’t specify who he was traveling with while in Peru, but the Super Bowl MVP is currently dating the former race car driver Danica Patrick, whom he struck up a relationship with in February 2018. 

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