Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has revealed his sports hero
Green Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is widely considered to be the most talented quarterback in the NFL today, however, it seems he drew inspiration from a different sport growing up.
Rodgers recently formed quite the star-studded trio alongside NBA legend Michael Jordan and NFL legend Jerry Rice.
He revealed that he had been playing with two of the athletes he revered most growing up, via ESPN:
“Michael Jordan. It’s very simple — because he was the best, and basketball was my first love, as far as sports go. … The first time [we met] was at this round on a Sunday at Edgewood Tahoe, and it was he, me and Jerry Rice, and I was also a big Niners fan growing up. Jerry was grinding hard on his golf ball even though we were out of the tournament, but he was grinding away, so me and Mike just walked the fairways together, and he was fantastic. … He’s a really nice guy, I’m thankful he didn’t bet me with me on the course, because he would’ve taken all my money [laughs]. I was a little nervous — MJ plays the ball well and he has a great short game. I think in all the rounds we’ve played, I might’ve only beat him one time.”
It is safe to say that this was a memorable moment for Rodgers. furthermore, his admiration for both Jordan and Rice should hardly come as any surprise.
Jordan was the premier athlete of his generation and still largely remains as the undisputed greatest player in NBA history. His influence on basketball was so great that he remains one of the most influential people in pop culture today.
As a native of northern California, Rodgers also got to bear witness to Rice making his case as arguably the greatest player in NFL history with the San Francisco 49ers.
Although the Packers’ star may have been the only active athlete among the three, it is clear that he now has a new admiration for their skills on the golf course.