Aaron Rodgers was coy, like he was looking off a receiver, when he let the news slip as he received the MVP award last month.
“2020 was definitely a crazy year,” the 37-year-old Green Bay Packers star quarterback said at NFL Honors. “Filled with lots of change, growth, amazing memorable moments … 180 days of having my nose hair scraped … playing for very little fans or not fans the entire season.”
And then adding: “I got engaged and I played some of the best football in my career.”
To retired NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, his girlfriend of two years?
She had publicly stated her desire to marry him and have a family.
But no, their breakup was announced last summer.
Rodgers’ fiancee is 29-year-old actress Shailene Woodley, the star of HBO’s Big Little Lies, as well as numerous other endeavours.
Woodley was quite candid talking about their engagement Monday on The Tonight Show, saying she didn’t know Rodgers as a “football guy” but as “the nerd who wants to host Jeopardy!”
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Coincidentally, it was announced on Tuesday that Rodgers will fulfill that dream when he sits in Alex Trebek’s old seat for 10 episodes beginning April 5.
“When I first met him, I think my dog like pulled me aside and was like, ‘If you don’t date this dude, I will disown you as my mother, because the three feet that I run with you when you throw a ball is nothing compared to the marathon I’m able to run with him,” Woodley told host Jimmy Fallon.
The couple had a long-distance relationship while Rodgers was leading the Packers to a 13-3 season and the NFC championship game and Woodley was in Montreal, working on the set of Misanthrope.
“We met during this whacky, whacky time, and all the stadiums were closed that he was playing in, so I have yet to go to a football game,” she said. “He’s first off, just a wonderful, incredible human being. But I never thought I’d be engaged to somebody who threw balls for a living. Like I never thought as a little girl, I was like, ‘Yeah, when I grow up, I’m going to marry someone who throws ball, yeah!’ But he’s really just so good at it. He can throw fast balls, he can throw slow balls, high balls, low balls.”
One more quality receiver to catch those balls and Rodgers just might have a big 2021, too.
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