Sometimes it pays to confess your love for your favorite athlete, especially immediately following a surgical procedure.
Diehard Green Bay Packers fan Callie Kessler was still under anesthesia when she was overcome with emotion while talking about how much she loves Aaron Rodgers. To her credit, Kessler had no shame and posted the video on her Twitter account. Beware that it contains some inappropriate language.
— callie kessler (@Calliekessler) February 5, 2020
As you can see, Kessler tagged Rodgers in the post. That caught the attention of Rodgers’ longtime girlfriend Danica Patrick, and the NASCAR driver responded by telling Kessler that Patrick and Rodgers would love to buy her 400 popsicles.
— Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) February 8, 2020
This isn’t the first time we have seen a sports fan deliver a message to his or her favorite player while drugged out after surgery, but things don’t always work out. We’re glad Callie’s message made it into the right hands.
Aaron Rodgers’ family reportedly was bothered by the quarterback’s recent comments about religion.
Rodgers sat down with his girlfriend Danica Patrick for an interview on her “Pretty Intense” podcast. A video clip of Rodgers talking about his views on religion was posted to Patrick’s YouTube account on December 27.
In the interview, Rodgers talks about how religion was a big part of his life when he was younger and the structure within his community. However, he says he did not find connection with his Christian upbringing, and that began to become clear when he was high school.
“Rules and regulations and binary systems don’t really resonate with me,” Rodgers said.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback says he didn’t find church very welcoming. He says you could only bring certain people to church and had to dress a certain way. He also said he views religion as a crutch for some.
“Religion can be a crutch. Religion can be something people have to have to make themselves feel better. Because it’s binary, it’s us and them; it’s saved and unsaved; it’s heaven and hell; it’s enlightened and heathen; it’s holy and righteous and sinner; and that makes a lot of people feel better about themselves — ‘I’ve got Jesus and I’m saved,'” Rodgers told Patrick.
Rodgers questioned the existence of God.
“I don’t know how you can believe in a God who wants to condemn most of the planet…to a fiery hell. What type of loving, sensitive, omnipresent, omnipotent being wants to condemn most of his beautiful creation to a fiery hell at the end of all this?”
Rodgers’ thoughts apparently did not sit well with his family.
“They were dismayed,” an insider reportedly told People. “The family is very dedicated to their Christian faith.”
“To them, his comments are basically a slap in the face to the fundamentals of who they are. It’s basically him turning his back on everything they have taught him.”
Rodgers has had a strained relationship with his family over the past six or so years. Going back to 2016, we heard about him having issues with his family. Rodgers’ brother even confirmed the issues two years ago. It would not be a leap to figure that Rodgers’ differing beliefs from his family — including those on religion — have contributed to the strained relationships.
- Aaron Rodgers
There are some who will be pulling extra hard for the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and at least a few of them are probably associated with State Farm.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers have become closely associated with the insurance giant due to their appearances in the company’s commercials. Fans who watch sports regularly will certainly be familiar with the ads, including recent ones that feature Mahomes and Rodgers appearing together.
Rodgers is very closely identified with State Farm and has been for years. In fact, the “Discount Double Check” dance he once debuted in a State Farm commercial has become so closely associated with the Packers quarterback that rivals have used it to taunt him.
Companies like this are looking to sign athletes who are well-known and will make deep playoff runs. Rodgers has been a reliable partner for that, and Mahomes looks extremely promising as well. The dream scenario would be the two facing off in a Super Bowl. That game would generate two weeks of chatter about the quarterback matchup, and there would be a decent chance that the State Farm connection comes up a few times in the media before a Chiefs-Packers Super Bowl.
From State Farm’s standpoint, the attention would be invaluable, and they probably couldn’t be rooting any harder for it to happen.
Marshawn Lynch abruptly bolted out of the Seattle Seahawks’ locker room following the team’s 28-23 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, but he had a good reason for doing so.
Lynch headed into the Packers’ locker room at Lambeau Field to do a jersey swap with Aaron Rodgers, his former Cal teammate.
Marshawn Lynch just walked into the #Packers locker room with his jersey. He gave fellow Cal alum Aaron Rodgers a big hug. Rodgers took his jersey from his locker and they just went down a hallway to presumably exchange and share some words.
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) January 13, 2020
In unique Marshawn Lynch fashion, the running back just entered the Packers’ locker room for a jersey exchange with Aaron Rodgers. They’re signing one another’s game uniforms.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 13, 2020
Lynch and Rodgers teamed up at Cal in 2004 when the Golden Bears went 10-2. Rodgers was a junior and Lynch a true freshman on that team, which was ranked in the top 10 for most of the season and finished ranked No. 9 after losing their bowl game. Rodgers left for the NFL after that season and was drafted by the Packers. Lynch stayed two more seasons and then went to the NFL, where he was drafted by the Bills.
Even after a tough defeat, Lynch still found time for his former teammate.
There were numerous rumors that Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy did not get along during the coach’s final days in Green Bay, but if they were ever true, the bad feelings seem to have faded now.
Rodgers said Wednesday he had texted a congratulatory message to his former coach after McCarthy landed the Dallas Cowboys job, and McCarthy sent him a reply. Rodgers even went as far as suggesting that he would be interested in seeing the Packers and Cowboys hold joint practices during training camp.
Aaron Rodgers sent a congratulatory text to Mike McCarthy on getting the Cowboys job and McCarthy responded. Rodgers said there might be some campaigning to get out to California for joint practices during the preseason soon, but he’s happy for his longtime former coach.
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) January 8, 2020
It’s a far cry from what we were hearing in 2018 as McCarthy was on the way out in Green Bay. After all, this is a quarterback who was reportedly undermining his coach at every turn, though both have denied that it was anywhere near as bad as those reports indicated. Time heals all wounds, though, and Rodgers is pleased for his ex-boss. After all, they did win a Super Bowl together, and now that both sides have moved on, the worst memories have likely faded a bit.
The Green Bay Packers won their biggest game of the season on Monday night to clinch the NFC North title, and Aaron Rodgers seemed glad to capture the victory in Minnesota.
After he led the Packers to a 23-10 win over the Vikings, Rodgers made it clear that he didn’t forget how fans in Minnesota cheered when he suffered a broken collarbone two years ago.
Aaron Rodgers: “It’s great to win in this stadium after I was jeered a couple years ago leaving the field with a broken collarbone.”
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) December 24, 2019
Some cheers could be heard as Rodgers was carted to the locker room after taking a vicious hit from linebacker Anthony Barr in 2017, and that is obviously something that stuck with the two-time NFL MVP.
Monday’s win was one of the most important for Green Bay in years. Rodgers didn’t play all that well with 216 yards passing, no touchdowns and an interception, but it was enough to clinch the division. Being able to shut Vikings fans up was a nice bonus for him.
The Green Bay Packers were bailed out by a terrible call in the first half of their game on Sunday, and the Carolina Panthers have every right to be furious about it.
Facing 3rd-and-13 from deep in Green Bay territory, Rodgers was just barely able to get rid of a pass from his own end zone before he was taken to the turf. The hit looked clean, but defensive lineman Gerald McCoy was flagged for a personal foul. McCoy did not hit Rodgers high, and it even appeared he made an effort to not land directly on top of the quarterback.
I have no idea how this is roughing the passer on the Panthers against Aaron Rodgers pic.twitter.com/dmF0LQVcs8
— Tom Downey (@WhatGoingDowney) November 10, 2019
Rather than having to punt from their own end zone, the Packers were awarded a first down. The call was a complete game-changer at a time when the Panthers were trailing 14-10.
The NFL has made an effort to crack down on roughing the passer over the past few years, but we have seen far too many questionable calls that change the outcome of games. The call on McCoy was certainly one of them.