Aaron Rodgers may be the most popular athlete in the state of Wisconsin. The superstar Green Bay Packers quarterback is a Super Bowl winner, and one of the best players in football. Now, he has a connection to another Wisconsin team. Aaron Rodgers is now a Bucks owner.
The quarterback attended last night's NBA playoffs game in Milwaukee. His appearance courtside made some waves, as he was public with new girlfriend Danica Patrick. The superstar quarterback and NASCAR driver have been together since January.
It was a solid game for Rodgers to experience in his new role as part-owner. Milwaukee blew out the Boston Celtics 116-92, to cut the C's lead in the series to 2-1.
The Bucks were paced by star forward Khris Middleton, who scored 23 points, and added eight rebounds and seven assists. It was a well-rounded performance by the team, with five Bucks scoring at least 14 points.
Milwaukee's ownership group welcomed Aaron Rodgers as new part-Bucks owner with this statement.
“Aaron is a winner, a Wisconsin icon, and we are honored to welcome him to our partnership group of the Milwaukee Bucks,” the Bucks ownership group said. “With our team in the playoffs and our new world-class arena opening this fall, it’s an exciting time for this city and the Bucks. We are thrilled for Aaron to be with us.”
Perhaps more notable, however, is what Rodgers had to say. His statement:
“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 Milwaukee 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.”
Aaron Rodgers has only ever played for the Green Bay Packers. However, at times he has been vaguely critical of the team's management, including recently following coaching staff and roster changes.
There isn't any real indication that Rodgers could move on from Green Bay, but it is definitely in the back of some Packers' fans minds. Obviously, this doesn't mean that he couldn't eventually look to move on, but he continues to build more and more roots in Wisconsin.