Aaron Rodgers seems like a genuinely nice guy. Why, you ask? Just check out this account from Rodgers and a pair of Bears fans who happened to introduce each other in downtown Chicago.
It was the weekend of the Packers-Bears game at Soldier Field on Nov. 12, and Nicoll and her 11-year-old son, Peter, decided spur of the moment to take the 4:30 p.m. train from their home in Mount Prospect, Ill., to check out the early holiday decorations in the city. They were waiting along with other people to cross the street when Peter said to his mom he thought he recognized Aaron Rodgers standing by them.
“I’m whispering to him like (in a doubting tone), ‘Really? I don’t think Aaron Rodgers is standing right next to us on the corner on a Saturday evening.’”
“Somehow I had it in me to say, ‘Are you ...?’ really quietly. I didn’t even finish the sentence, because I didn’t want the other people at the corner to bug him if he just wanted to be alone, which I totally get, so I kind of stopped myself.
“He looked right at me and said, ‘I am.’”
The next thing she knew, he turned around and introduced himself to Peter with a “Hi, I’m Aaron.” He told them he was out enjoying the energy and lights of the city before his dinner reservations. They talked about how he was feeling after his collarbone surgery. He asked Peter all kinds of sports-related questions. When Peter apologized for being a Bears fan, Rodgers told him no need. He should be. He lives in Chicago.
When a group of passers-by recognized Rodgers, Julia and Peter excused themselves and crossed the street. They had stopped to text a photo of Rodgers with Peter to Julia’s husband when No. 12 caught back up with them.
“He just started talking to us again like we were all neighbors and friends. We walked with him again for the next 15 minutes, 20 minutes to Michigan Avenue,” Julia said. “The thing for me that really stood out as so awesome was he asked us questions. I would say he asked us more questions than I asked him, because I didn’t want to be nosy and because I didn’t want to invade his privacy.”
He asked about the Nicoll family’s Thanksgiving plans and their daughter who will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire next year.
“He was asking me questions that most people would think, ‘Why would Aaron Rodgers care?’ It was so amazing. It was really something, I have to say. It still is,” Julia said. “I told so many people. We just couldn’t believe it, my son and I.”
The Packers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday at Lambeau Field.