GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers got his chance to be a pirate after all.
After getting poked in the eye during a Sept. 30 victory over New Orleans, the Green Bay Packers quarterback joked that he might consider wearing an eye patch as protection in the team’s next game – since he steadfastly refused to wear a clear plastic shield. As it turns out, Rodgers donned an eye patch for last Sunday’s victory over Jacksonville when he and backup quarterback Graham Harrell did Rodgers’ customary photo-bombing of the pre-game captains’ photo.
For the uninitiated, Rodgers has been sneaking into the background of the weekly picture of the captains for as long as folks can remember – according to the website rodgersphotobomb.com, which has archived all of Rodgers’ greatest hits, the prank dates back to the 2006 season, Rodgers’ second in the NFL – and his appearances have become more brazen each year.
On Sunday, in honor of Halloween, Rodgers said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com, he opted for the pirate look, with a little help from a friend.
“I’ve got to give credit where credit is due here: Don Raddatz, ‘Mr. Headset Sound Guy,’” Rodgers said, referring to the Packers communications coordinator. “I was alerted that he had some props this week. This, to me, is just amazing. You think of some things that kind of start as a joke and how far they go and (you ask) how far is too far? And obviously in this case, I love it. When Don Raddatz is bringing props for me to use for the pre-game photo bomb, you have to love it.
“So Don had a bunch of stuff, (and) in about five seconds, I tried to grab a couple of eye patches and give one the Graham and he put it on real quick. It was pretty good.”
Rodgers has used props before, including New Year’s Even noisemakers and Gatorade cups. He pointed out that the captains’ photos are only posted on Packers.com – and given to the captains – after games the Packers have won, so some of his greatest hits may never have seen the light of day.
“There’s been a bunch,” he said. “I can’t list them off because I can’t remember.”
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