Thursday, January 13, 2011

Aaron Rodgers, the Man

A friend sent this, written by a Fox6 sports anchor.

This job affords me some incredible opportunities. Being a member of the FOX 6 Sports team means I've been able to witness and report on events and people that many can only admire from a distance. I never take these situations for granted and sincerely appreciate being involved in whatever capacity each permits.
Monday marked just the most recent case as I had the unparalleled privilege to be a part of Aaron Rodgers charity event to benefit the MACC Fund,...

...His favorite book is The Bible and he tries to read it every day not just when life's challenges and struggles surface.
His favorite movie is The Princess Bride which he admits he's caught flack for but says he and his childhood friends can recite every line from the film and it is simply a great story.

...My friend, the father of that young girl who passed, was there that night. He was one of several attendees brought up on stage where he caught a football thrown by the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.

He asked Aaron to sign the football he'd caught. He wondered if he'd make it out to his daughter. It isn't shocking that Rodgers obliged. What caught me off guard was the dedication he made. It wasn't until after Aaron left that I first saw the autograph... and the simple yet sweet message that brought tears to this father's eyes:

"To Cheri the angel. Save me a spot. - Aaron Rodgers"

It takes a real man to know his place in the universe.

10 comments:

Deekaman said...

He is most definitely NOT Brett Favre.

He also knows to "never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line!" That would be,"Inconceivable!"

Jim said...

And he went to my alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley.

Anonymous said...

If you're so enthralled with Rodgers, why do you dis on him by misspelling his name in your header. This has nothing to do with your poor grammar; and everything to do with you being a Packerfan in Name Only - PINO.

Badger Catholic said...

Awesome!

J. Strupp said...

How many times do we swoon over sports figures only to get burned in the end? I can't count that high. You know, it wasn't that long ago that Brett Favre was marketed by the NFL as the down-to-earth, common man gunslinger from small town Mississippi. And people ate that crap up because they felt an emotional attachment to the man as well as his play on the field. Nevermind that the guy was a complete stranger to them(and complete D Bag in reality).

Fact is, we don't know these people. I'm glad that Rodgers seems to be a quality guy. Great. I'm sure the NFL will market the hell out of his current image. But fans should keep in mind that these guys are complete strangers to us regardless of how many of these glowing articles are printed about them.

Dad29 said...

Keep that up, STruppster, and I'll have to cede my 'curmudgeon' title to you...

J. Strupp said...

Oh I hear ya. I was a buzzkill on that one. Should have just hit the delete button.

Anonymous said...

This is what a man of integrity looks like. What a class act.

Anonymous said...

One other thing that proves to those who need proof that Aaron is a very special man, indeed. This is a fact: For a couple of years Aaron Rodgers, elite NFL quarterback, has helped his neighbors out by BABYSITTING their children so they can have a free night from time to time! This is a well-known story in Green Bay, a small community, but most of the NFL doesn't know what a down-to-earth person this super-talented man really is! Does any other QB in the league volunteer to watch his neighbors kids so they can have a night out? Anyone? (sound of crickets chirping)

Dad29 said...

So...

The kids can now throw a football at 90 MPH, straight and true?

If not, Aaron's just not up to the job...

/snark