Apparently, last week was interview Aaron Rodgers week. The Journal Sentinel did a long-form Q&A with the Green Bay Packers quarterback and then — not to be outdone — the Press Gazette followed with their own.
We pretty much forgot what the JS interview was about, but we know what the PG interview was about (mostly because we just read it). It’s about Aaron Rodgers being just a regular guy… and a few other things.
“I think some people forget sometimes I do have to go to the grocery store, I do enjoy going out to dinner, I have to get my oil changed from time to time,” Rodgers said. “I do all the normal things. I cut my grass. People kind of forget that normal part that we do a lot of the stuff that everybody else does but we all have our talents, and mine is in football.”
Where does Rodgers grocery shop? Piggly Wiggly, yo!
“I think being recognized more is something you have to get used to, whether it’s here or in California or when I’m traveling. It’s more a part of my life. People recognize me from my play or a commercial I’ve done. It’s just a normal part of life now. I think it helps being in Green Bay where it’s more of a first-name-basis type of a feel. People are happy to see you but, it’s kind of, I guess it’s more normal for them than maybe in a big city where you never expect to see somebody and when you do see someone, maybe they go a little bit crazier than here. The people know I’m going to be down at the Piggly Wiggly or at Chives or at another place I like to go to. That’s just, they’re expecting almost to see me there.”
Should you stalk him at these places? No, you should not.
“I don’t ever feel like I have to always be “on.” However, some people when they see you, there’s an expectation that ‘oh there’s the quarterback, I’ve got to go talk to him about football or this or that, or get an autograph or picture.’ I try and be as courteous as possible and sometimes try to tell these fans that as much as I appreciate their support, there are times where I need to be able to have an uninterrupted dinner or not have to take a bunch of pictures or just be able to do some of the normal things.”
So what did we learn here?
1. Normal guy. 2. Piggly Wiggly and Chives for stalking. 3. Stalk from a creepy distance and do not interrupt dinner.
We recommend leering out from behind a plant.
If I saw Rodgers grocery shopping at Piggly Wiggly I’d say nothing, just do the belt, and keep on walkin.
Plant leering is always my go-to, just an all around solid maneuver.
And Rodgers was/is in a play? That’s pretty awesome, I suppose.
Tiny Tim, in a Christmas Carol, I think.
I don’t live in GB, (PA) but we try to visit as often as we can, football related stuff – game, training camp, etc. When I’ve seen the players around the stadium its absolute mayhem at times. Fans all over them begging for autographs. The guys really get surrounded & pounded. I would say a majority of them handle it well. I try to avoid that scene as much as possible. I’ve seen a few out and about in town and they have been real cool. Ran into Tramon Williams at WalMart, he was awesome. Chatted us up a bit. Since I don’t live in GB, it is initially a surprise to see them, but hey, I guess they need milk and TP too!
I ran into Monty at the strip club and he was a total Dbag. I wanted an autograph and maybe a pic with my daughter. He told us basically to F off cause he was in a hurry to make it rain. My 2.5 year old daughter is just a big fan and loves TP, especially article about Vikings and hot meal chili… Monty is no regular guy…
I’ve been to Piggly Wiggly many times and never had the good luck to see Aaron Rodgers.
I have seen Edgar Bennett around town, years ago. I once ate dinner at a table next to Nick Barnett at Tony Roma’s. He was there with his wife and kids. Great looking family. I don’t think anyone said a word to him though I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who knew who he was. Packer fans typically are better than that.
At the stadium or the practice facility is a different story. That is probably where people expect they can get some autographs or whatever.
Monty’s comment. LMAO!
U of Phenoix is pricey bra, but u high rollers aka nonregular guys wouldn’t know that
Chives restaurant in Suamico, WI you say….hum?
I’d have a business plan ready to present with my #s and hope he’d invest. He seems to like the restaurant biz anyways.