It’s pretty apparent that Aaron Rodgers not only likes hoops, but more specifically — the Wisconsin Badgers.
I have no problem with that one bit. Yes, he may have thrown touchdown passes for Cal, but he has been ingrained in the sausage and cheese tradition since getting drafted 24th overall in 2005.
And then the bomb was dropped. CBSsports.com senior college football columnist Dennis Dodd decided to tarnish the Badgers win that propelled them into their second straight Final Four appearance.
Like most people nowadays, Dodd used Twitter as his personal psychologist’s couch. He wrote that Rodgers shouldn’t have been on the floor following the win and that the two-time MVP quarterback should’ve also made time for an irritable writer.
And even if Rodgers did take the time for an interview, it wasn’t like he was going to reveal when the Packers were going to wear their throwbacks this season. And Dodd would’ve have made it a small paragraph buried at the bottom — so Rodgers did both parties a favor.
The fact that Rodgers said no was great and really speaks to who he really is. If it was a ho-hum regular season game in the doldrums of January, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. But this was the Badgers’ time. There are only four men’s basketball teams still alive because they shot 79 percent in the second half vs. Arizona.
Rodgers didn’t do anything other than cheer for his adopted hometown team. And his response to Dodd later on was priceless. Thirty-one may be old in the world of the NFL, but Rodgers proved he has plenty of time to put people in their place.
So if by chance you’re not a fan of Rodgers’ precision, intelligence and competitiveness while somehow maintaining the underdog spirit then you may have a new reason to like No. 12.
He’s loyal. He’s been friends with Badgers’ forward Sam Dekker for a few years now and he didn’t put his stardom over friendship. He easily could’ve, but with actress Olivia Munn confidently by his side, he was perfectly fine to sit in the backseat and let others enjoy the ride.
That’s not easy for a lot of people to do. Remember, this is a quarterback – the most important position in all of sports. When the team is struggling or playing amazing, he is the de facto mouthpiece of the team. It was Rodgers that took questions following the Bills loss in upstate New York and it was Rodgers that gutted out answers following the NFC Championship collapse in Seattle.
He’s used to being in control because he has to be. A Packers team without Rodgers in control is a team that isn’t converting third downs, isn’t scoring touchdowns and most importantly isn’t winning.
So appreciate Rodgers’ humbleness. Superior athletes aren’t used to deflecting the spotlight, because it’s usually glowing extra bright on them.
It may have taken a few cheap shots by Dodd to bring out Rodgers’ character, but Rodgers proved that he’s a much better person than the player you see zipping touchdowns, giving scripted high-fives and debating with coach Mike McCarthy each fall.
Media had to stay outside three point line (really) while Badgers cut nets. A Rodgers allowed unrestrained access to court. Fair?
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) March 29, 2015
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) March 29, 2015
Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn