Aaron Rodgers is a god in Wisconsin. The Green Bay Packers legend has been a staple of the Wisconsin region for the past 13 years and while he’s from California, Packer fans have adopted the Super Bowl winning QB as one of their own.
Rodgers seems to love the area as well and looks like he wants to be a part of Wisconsin for years to come. Last night, during the Milwaukee Bucks playoff game against the Boston Celtics, Rodgers was introduced as an owner of the team. Rodgers bought a minority stake in the Bucks and was courtside with former NASCAR driver and girlfriend Danica Patrick and co-owner Wes Edens.
“I have proudly called Wisconsin my home for the past 13 years, and I am thankful for the friendships and the opportunities I have been given to live and play here,” Rodgers said in a statement released by the Bucks. “I am excited and honored to deepen my connection to the region by joining Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan, Mike Fascitelli and the ownership group of the Milwaukee Bucks. As a huge fan of the NBA and the sport of basketball, this is a dream come true for me, and I look forward to furthering my affinity for Wisconsin sports as a minority owner in a team I love and support.”
Professional athletes have dabbled in team ownership but it’s still rather notable when it happens. Some people, like Michael Jordan (Charlotte Hornets) and Derek Jeter (Miami Marlins), became majority owners of their teams once they retired. Others, like LeBron James (Liverpool FC) and Steve Nash (Vancouver Whitecaps and Real Mallorca) got into ownership as active players but bought a small enough stake that the team can be run efficiently without their day-to-day input. And you probably get to go to games whenever you want.
Rodgers’ ownership seems to be in the latter. As an active quarterback, he doesn’t really have time to get in on team ownership with both feet. Maybe it’s great for Rodgers to test the waters a bit now and then when he does retire, that might be an avenue for him to take on a bigger role in the future.