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Aaron Rodgers has Been Scouting Basketball Player Tarik Black

Tarik Black

Normally, we’d brush something like this aside as a joke. That is, Aaron Rodgers reportedly “scouting” Tarik Black. However, Rodgers seems genuinely interested in Black getting a shot with the Green Bay Packers.

It’s odd not only because Rodgers has taken an interest in Black, but because Black isn’t a football player. He’s a forward for the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team. He’s also never played organized football.

While that makes him a long shot to end up in the NFL, Rodgers actually threw some balls to Black while he was in Lawrence. Apparently, he liked what he saw.

“One of the guys in our media department said, ‘Aaron Rodgers likes you. Likes you a lot,'” Black said.

He went on to say Rodgers has asked him to try out for the Packers. The kid is 6-9, 260 and would be projected as a tight end if he made the NFL transition.

That’s certainly not unheard of. Tight ends Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas are all top-tier tight ends and former college basketball players. Gates didn’t play college football and Graham and Thomas only played one year. All three of them played four years of college basketball.

Now, let’s not jump to the conclusion that someone is going to draft Black in hopes of turning him into the next Antonio Gates. It looks like he is going to at least get an NFL tryout though. Three teams have contacted his agent to express interest.

If the Packers want him, they’d seem to have the inside track. Black is a Packers fan and he already has Rodgers’ seal of approval.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Cheese May 5, 2014

    He’s already a Packers fan, and Rodgers wants him on the team? What’s this kid waiting for?!?

  2. Savage57 May 5, 2014

    Red zone horror film star for opposing DC’s.

    Secret weapon on opponent’s field goal attempts.

    What a guy to have on the on-sides kick hands team.

    Anyone know what his vert is?

    1. The Money Mike May 6, 2014

      Now THIS is what I want to read on Total Packers! 42″ vertical…oh and a bachelor’s degree in organized leadership.

  3. K.L. May 5, 2014

    Nice… Rodgers might be on to something here.

  4. Jurgens May 5, 2014

    6-9? If he made it, that would have to put him in contention for one of the tallest receivers or tight ends in NFL history right?

  5. Tucson Packer May 5, 2014


  6. The Money Mike May 6, 2014

    Anyone see a pattern with all those converted guys? THEY KICK ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want this guy in training camp!