Aaron Rodgers Day has been decreed by the state of Wisconsin on, appropriately, Dec. 12 — 12-12-12 — but Rodgers won’t get the benefit of a paid day off.
There’s a big game against an arch rival on the schedule, after all.
“Mike’s probably going to have a padded practice and I think we play the Bears that week, so it will be an amped-up practice,” Rodgers, alluding to coach Mike McCarthy, said during a news conference at Lambeau Field on Wednesday. “Hopefully it won’t be just another day, but at that point in the season, it’s difficult to get through the grind, but I know this is going to make us — at least me, personally — reflect back on the last seven years. I think it’s a great opportunity to get perspective on how a career and a way of living your life can have an impact on society.”
Rodgers had a record-setting season last year en route to earning 48 of 50 first-place votes and being named the NFL’s MVP. Rodgers threw 45 touchdown passes against six interceptions, good for an unprecedented passer rating of 122.5.
Those were among the numerous on-the-field facts on the resolution. In all, “Whereas” led off 14 portions of the document.
“I think if anybody knows me, I’m not big on a lot of whereases or a lot of personal attention,” Rodgers said.
State Rep. Garey Bies (R-Sister Bay) was the lead author of the resolution, though it was Packers fan Jennifer Brilowski of Stevens Point who got it all started when she created a Facebook page titled “Let’s Make 12-12-12 ‘Aaron Rodgers Day.’” The page, which she started on Nov. 11 — 11-11-11 — has been “liked” more than 10,200 times.
Rodgers, flanked by Rep. Gary Bies and Jennifer Brilowski
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Brilowski had the honor of reading the proclamation and presenting the plaque to Rodgers.
“It’s a great appreciation that we have for Aaron being with the Green Bay Packers, not only for his actions on the field but for his actions off the field, which I think makes him a very special individual,” Bies said.
Asked how Wisconsinites should celebrate his day, Rodgers joked: “Put ‘The Belt’ on.” And in a nod to the bipartisan bitterness that has gripped Wisconsin’s political scene, Rodgers noted: “I’m glad it passed unanimously through both houses. I would have been a little disappointed if there would have been a snag in there.”
Rodgers was dressed in a shirt and sports jacket while various politicians and their aides were wearing No. 12 Rodgers jerseys. Rodgers, who prefers to hold his weekly news conferences at his locker rather than the media auditorium, seemed a bit embarrassed by all of the attention.
This is a first-of-its-kind honor for Rodgers.
“On the ‘Welcome to Chico’ sign, there was a wooden board that said ‘Home of Aaron Rodgers,’” Rodgers said. “It recently got taken down ... stolen. But, no, nothing like this ever.”
Here is the resolution, in its 14-whereas entirety:
Whereas, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback playing in the National Football League and wears jersey #12; and
Whereas, Aaron Rodgers in just a few years as a starter has established himself as a great leader of the Green Bay Packers and confidently takes the trust his teammates and coaches have placed in him to lead his team to further greatness; and
Whereas, Aaron Rodgers was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLV; and
Whereas, Aaron Rodgers was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 season, winning 48 out of 50 possible votes; and
Whereas, Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers on a 19-game winning streak between the 2010 and 2011 seasons; and
Whereas, Aaron Rodgers became the only player in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards in each of the first two seasons as a starting quarterback; and
Whereas, Aaron Rodgers played the best season of his career in 2011, throwing for 4,643 yards, 45 touchdowns, and just 6 interceptions, good for a passer rating of 122.5, which is now the best single-season passer rating in NFL history; and
Whereas, Aaron Rodgers earned the National Football Conference Offensive Player of the Month award for September, October, and November, and FedEx Air Player of the Week six times (Weeks 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 13); and
Whereas, Aaron Rodgers currently holds the record for all-time consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes at 13; and
Whereas, Aaron Rodgers' performance on November 24, 2011, during the annual Thanksgiving Day Classic earned him the coveted Galloping Gobbler Most Valuable Player award; and
Whereas, the Green Bay Packers finished the 2011 regular season at the top of their division with a record of 15-1, thanks in large part to Aaron Rodgers; and
Whereas, Aaron Rodgers is actively involved in the charitable organization Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (the MACC Fund); now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the assembly, the Senate concurring, That in appreciation of Aaron Rodgers' athletic accomplishments and humanitarian activities, the Wisconsin legislature hereby commends Aaron Rodgers on his accomplishments and declares that December 12, 2012, is proclaimed "Aaron Rodgers Day" in Wisconsin; and, be it further
Resolved, That the assembly chief clerk shall transmit a copy of this joint resolution to Aaron Rodgers.
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