Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of the biggest names in sports. It’s common knowledge that he can throw a deep ball just as well as any passer in the NFL and that his left calf raises giant concerns in Green Bay’s divisional playoff game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Even the fact that he’s dating actress Olivia Munn is now old news.
His dry sense of humor, on the other hand, flies under the radar, particularly during the football season when Rodgers stays away from social media. But regardless of how far Green Bay goes in the playoffs, the time is near for the creator of the championship belt celebration to return to his best public platform, Twitter.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an article bringing to light Rodgers’ interactions with teammates and opponents on the field. In the article, it says he frequently quotes the movie “The Princess Bride” just to see if his teammates pick up on the reference. He also will make small talk with opposing players, like when he asked Tampa Bay linebacker Mason Foster how his alma mater of Washington was doing as the two were jogging down the field between plays.
But Twitter is the place where fans can see these types of behaviors on a daily basis. If you have an account, go ahead and give him a follow. It’s something you probably won’t regret.
Some of his best banter comes with former teammate Tom Crabtree, who was a tight end during the Packers’ run to a Super Bowl title in 2010. The two often engage in fun arguments back and forth with topics ranging from PETA to Nickelback. All of it is in good fun as the two apparently remain good friends. Rodgers nominated Crabtree for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge through Twitter.
But his humor just begins there. Follow him during the NBA playoffs, and you’re bound to get commentary regarding his admiration for power forwards who have solid mid-range jump shots. He has made numerous references to Juwan Howard and Washington’s own Drew Gooden. He was very active on Twitter during the Wizards’ run in the playoffs last year, especially during Game 1 of the Indiana Pacers series, in which Gooden had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) May 6, 2014
The best part about Rodgers’ Twitter interactions is his intelligence. In high school, Rodgers had exemplary SAT scores, and if football didn’t work out, he was considering a career in law.
Unlike some athletes, who use Twitter to endorse products or throw up an inspirational message, Rodgers interacts with people, sometimes responding to fans or other humorous accounts. He’s got a knack for pop culture references, and once got a response from a parody account for White Goodman, the antagonist in the movie “Dodgeball.”
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) April 22, 2014
(For those who haven’t seen the movie, Average Joe’s is the rival of Goodman’s Globo Gym Purple Cobras.)
A California native, Rodgers has adopted Wisconsin as his own, and uses Twitter to communicate about other athletes in the state. He expressed a great deal of satisfaction when the Milwaukee Bucks selected Jabari Parker as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
He is also very genuine, as shown below from this past summer, when he and the other quarterbacks on the Green Bay roster shared a message showing support for Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who was battling cancer.
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) June 18, 2014
Rodgers doesn’t tweet during the season, but he’s on it from almost the minute after his season ends to the last day of the preseason. For a good eight to nine months, Rodgers is a must follow on Twitter.