Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers famously waited long after he thought he would in the NFL draft after coming out of college.
The former Cal Bears star landed with the Packers despite the team be invested in Brett Favre – much to Rodgers’ chagrin for a few years.
However, after learning under Favre and becoming a star in his own right, Rodgers is paying it back to his former program.
According to a release from the school, Rodgers donated a “seven-figure” sum to the school.
Here’s what he said about the move:
“I’m pleased and proud to make this gift to support Cal football,” Rodgers said.
“My years at Cal were among the best years of my life. My time in Berkeley created lasting, unforgettable memories. Coach Wilcox was on the coaching staff when I was a Bear, and I am excited about the team’s direction with Justin pointing the way. He is a tremendous football coach and an even better role model for his players. I hope that my contribution can help him move this program forward.”
Thank you @AaronRodgers12!!
Aaron has made a seven-figure gift to the program that will be used to renovate the football locker room and create the Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship. #EarnIt
— Cal Football (@CalFootball) June 11, 2019
The two-time NFL MVP and first-team All-Pro selection owns the highest average annual salary in the NFL so this move shouldn’t break the bank.
It’s an awesome gift for the current Cal players and head coach Justin Wilcox as he looks to build the program.