Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appears to have been living it up ever since leading his team to a Super Bowl victory over the Steelers and grabbing MVP honors with an outstanding game. First he went to Disneyworld, then he appeared with his celebrity crush Ellen for an interview, and most recently he was at an Oscars party taking pictures with Stacy Keibler and meeting Mila Kunis. Oh yeah, that was all before leaving the same party with “girlfriend” Jessica Szohr.
We said Rodgers appeared to be doing what any Super Bowl MVP would do — leveraging the popularity into media appearances and meetings with hot girls. Teammate Clay Matthews took note and ribbed Rodgers for the exact same thing, as I learned via Adam Rank at NFL.com. Matthews joked with Rodgers on twitter saying “Is it true ur dating Mila Kunis!? Ur so Hollywood bro!!”
Rodgers responded by saying “if by dating u mean met for the first time the other night, then yes. Uve changed bro. Ur so socal now.” Maybe the socal jab was a reference to Matthews being like the Hollywood paparazzi and bringing up the Mila Kunis thing, but it’s clear they were just messing with one another.
Everything seems like it’s in good fun, and I trust that of all athletes Aaron Rodgers is one who can remain level-headed despite his surge in popularity; think about the type of character he has to have endured the Brett Favre drama and thrived. But much like Adam Rank pointed out at NFL.com, they need to remember what kind of focus it took to reach the Super Bowl. Somehow I don’t think partying it up was part of the recipe. (Or maybe they know there will be a lockout and they’re not concerned).