Aaron Rodgers is an American football player, who is presently the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin. Rodgers was born in Chino, California on December 2, 1983. He lived with his parents, Edward, a chiropractor, and his mother, Darla, a dancer.
He also has 2 brothers, Luke and Jordan. Jordan appeared in the 2016 season of The Bachelorette. As a youth, Aaron excelled in football with his dad being his first coach.
After graduating high school in 2002, Aaron enrolled in Butte Junior College. He then transferred to The University of California, Berkeley, where he set several passing records as the team's quarterback. In 2005, he was the first round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers. The 6'2 football phenomenon was on his way.
Aaron Rodgers Football Career
Rodgers was ecstatic to be playing pro football, even though he spent the first 3 years as a spare quarterback. However, he was second to Brett Favre, so, it was not too shabby of a deal.
Upon Favre's retirement in 2008, Aaron took over as the Packers starting quarterback. In 2010, he led Green Bay to a Super Bowl win. Over the years, Aaron has garnered many accolades and set several records including:
- Super Bowl MVP (2010)
- 4x NFL - MVP
- 10x Pro Bowl athlete
- 4x NFL passing rate leader
- Associated Press Athlete of the Year (2011)
- Bert Bell Award (2011)
- Bart Starr Award (2014)
- 4x First team All Pro
- Member of the All Decade team in 2010
- 30+ other team and league records (including 402 consecutive passes without an interception)
- 4x ESPY Award winner for best NFL player
In addition to all of this, Aaron Rodgers is consistently referred to by sports commentators as one of the best quarterbacks of all time.
Aaron Rodgers Net Worth
There is no doubt that Rodgers is a wealthy man. Over the course of his career with Green Bay, he has made over $263.6 million. He just signed a new contract worth $50.3 million. This makes him the first American athlete to secure a contract over $50 million. Rodgers is also the 3rd highest earning player in NFL history. Tom Brady and Drew Brees currently hold the number 1 and 2 spots.
In addition to his football earnings, Aaron makes millions from endorsement deals and investments. His most lucrative single brand deal is with State Farm, which is reported to be worth between $2-3 million. Other deals that are reported to collectively bring in around $9 million a year are:
- Cash App
- Pizza Hut
- Capital One
Rodgers has also invested in and holds stock in several companies, including:
- Hydro (row machines)
- Tocaya restaurants
- Core Power Yoga Centers
- Hims (men's personal care)
- Manscspe (men's personal care)
- Therabody (therapeutic devices)
- Prive Reveaux (sunglasses)
- Mack Weldon (clothing)
Between his NFL salary,endorsement deals, and investments, Aaron Rodgers' overall net worth is estimated to be $200 million. For as much as this quarterback does to make money, he does just as much to raise money to help others. So what does Aaron Rodgers do for charity?
Aaron Rodgers Charity Work
Aaron Rodgers has deep roots in his hometown of Chino and never misses an opportunity to help those in the community who are in need. He also assists in many national and worldwide philanthropic endeavors.
1. Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer
Aaron has worked with this organization for over a decade and has raised over $3 million to further research into common childhood cancers. Specifically, he runs an annual auction called "My Cause, My Cleats", in which he auctions off game-worn cleats.
2. Andy North and Friends
He participates regularly and helps to organize this annual golf outing that raises money for the University of Wisconsin's, Paul P. Carbone Cancer Center.
3. North Valley Community Foundation
A foundation organized by Rodgers to help small businesses near his hometown of Chino. This charity was started during the pandemic to help store owners recover from closures.
Over $1 million was raised. In addition to those funds, he raised an additional $236,725 by guest hosting Jeopardy during a show run charity campaign.
4. The Aaron Rodgers Northern California Fire Recovery Fund
Through this charity, Aaron raises funds for relief efforts for victims of the wildfires in Northern California. The foundation donated over $1 million and that money was matched by both State Farm Insurance and Walmart.
5. The Salvation Army
Along with the Green Bay Packers, Aaron hosts regular events for the Salvation Army, including parties and meet and greets for children. He also hosts autograph signings and auctions of his memorabilia and matches the money made by patrons.
In addition, he hosts an event called "Twelve's Days of Christmas" (his jersey number is 12), where he partners with the Pro Player Foundation, The Salvation Army, and his fellow Packers to take 100 children on a Christmas shopping spree and pizza party each year.
6. The Infamous Capital One Match
Rodgers loves to play golf in the off season from football. One match he regularly takes part in is the Capital One Match. It's a celebrity event with people like Tom Brady and Steph Curry also playing. Last year, Aaron took the opportunity to raise money for his North Valley Foundation by a friendly back and forth with NBA icon, Charles Barkley.
Charles was having some lighthearted fun over Rodgers' "manbun" hairstyle. Aaron suggested that if Barkley beat him in the tournament, he could cut the bun off. But if Aaron out played Charles, he'd have to donate $25,000. Rodgers kept his bun and Barkley paid up.
7. Best Buddies International
Aaron also lends his name and time to serve, this foundation that helps pair people with intellectual disabilities with people to foster friendships and companionship. It also helps to secure employment opportunities.
8. Bree's Dream Foundation
Rodgers helped his fellow football player Drew Brees and his wife with their cancer charity. They raise money to help improve the quality of life for those living with cancer and their families. During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the organization also raised over $5 million to help support hospitals, healthcare workers, seniors, law enforcement, and daycare workers.
Aaron works with this organization that builds play spaces for children in underserved communities. Over 25 years, they have built 17,000 play spaces to help children grow, learn, and play.
10. Peyback Foundation
Working with another NFL great, Peyton Manning, Aaron helps this organization that assists disadvantaged children with educational opportunities and ways to expand their horizons. The foundation funds day and sleep away camps, after-school programs, field trips, and tutoring services.
11. Opportunity Village
Aaron helps promote and raise money for this charity that assists people with disabilities to integrate into their communities. They help with employment, housing, and social outings.
12. Compound Foundation
In keeping with his love of helping children, Aaron works to assist this cause. The mission of Compound, is to bring awareness to the plight of children in the child welfare system. Specifically, to help those children living in residential facilities learn life and employment skills.
Aaron gives much of his time and money to each of these organizations. The list does not end here however, Rodgers additionally helps these better known charities as well:
- Red Cross
- Make A Wish
- Feed America
- Boys and Girls Club
- Shriners Children's Hospitals
Aaron Rodgers Personal Life
Aaron Rodgers has quite an interesting personal life. He has had his share of high-profile relationships. Among them, race car driver Danica Patrick, actress Shailene Woodley, whom he was engaged to until earlier this year, model Jessica Szohr, and a controversial pairing with actress Olivia Munn.
It was when he was with Munn, that his now, very public feud with his parents and brothers came to the surface. It is rumored that Aaron's parents did not care for Munn and made that clear. Rodgers reportedly chose to side with Munn over his family and they ceased to speak. After his break up with Ms. Munn, the rift between Aaron and his family, sadly, continued.
Aaron has several homes around the country. During the football season, his home base is in Sunico, Wisconsin, where he lives in a spacious home he purchased in 2005. His main home, however, is a palatial mansion he bought in Malibu, California. The $28 million oceanfront compound was once owned by singer Janet Jackson. There is also a Miami mansion where Rodgers likes to spend time when not working.
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