GREEN BAY – As one might have expected, Aaron Rodgers was indeed less than thrilled with the CBS News magazine 60 Minutes portrayal of him on Sunday night.
But what bothered Rodgers more than so much of the segment being devoted to depicting him as being sensitive about his height (6-foot-2) was the fact that the show completely ignored the MACC Fund, the Milwaukee-based charity that funds research of childhood cancers and blood disorders. While 60 Minutes attended and filmed “An Evening With Aaron Rodgers,” one of the events he and the charity put on annually, there was nary a mention of the charity or its work.
“To be honest, I was really surprised,” Rodgers said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com. “It’s always interesting to see how (a piece like that) comes out. I just felt like the editing of the piece could have been done in a way that was maybe a lot more respectful of myself.
“If I’m sensitive about anything through the whole process, it’s that they come to the MACC Fund event in May, which is very, very important to me and even more important considering the two boys that we lost this year to cancer – Jack (Bartosz) and Bo (Johnson).”
Rodgers became close with Jack several years ago and got to know Bo earlier this season, when he spent a day with the Packers as part of a Make A Wish foundation opportunity.
“For them to not even show really any of the content from that night, any of the kids, not say anything about the MACC Fund (or) what they do with kids with cancer, I think that was the thing that was most disappointing about the piece,” Rodgers said. “They had an opportunity to do some great things and really show some things that I’m passionate about, and they didn’t do that.”
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