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Aaron Rodgers makes surprise appearance with Brad Paisley at Resch Center

Jan. 21, 2011
 
Country star Brad Paisley can do just fine on his own. But with Packers spirit in full force, he enlisted the help of a few friends at the Resch Center on Thursday night, including Aaron Rodgers. / Press-Gazette photo

Today's rally

Brown County and the city of Green Bay are hosting a fan rally Friday to show support for the Green Bay Packers.

It will take place from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on the 300 block of Walnut St. near the courthouse.

Fans are encouraged to bring signs and wear their warmest green and gold. Various community leaders will lead the cheer.

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Today's pep rally in downtown Green Bay has its work cut out for it if itís going to top the star-studded one Brad Paisley threw Thursday night at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon.

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Photos: Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker.

The Country Music Association's reigning Entertainer of the Year tipped his hat to the Green Bay Packers throughout his nearly two-hour concert, but it was a surprise appearance by quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the middle of "I'm Still a Guy'' that made a crowd of 6,796 come unglued. Chants of "Aaron! Aaron!'' broke out as a beaming No. 12, in jeans, a plaid shirt and black cap, pumped his fists and high-fived fans along the catwalk.

"This is a class act,'' Paisley said as he introduced Rodgers. Whatever words came after that were lost in the boisterous cheering from a crowd that was equal parts cowboy hats and Packers jerseys.

And that was just a warm-up. By the time Paisley got around to "Alcohol'' for his encore, Rodgers, guard Josh Sitton, tackle Bryan Bulaga, kicker Mason Crosby and about a dozen other players joined him onstage for a toast with red plastic cups, more high-fiving and more thunderous applause.

It was the culmination of an evening that felt celebratory from the start, and not just because it was the first date on Paisley's H20 Frozen Over Tour -- with bitterly cold wind chills to boot. Sunday's NFC championship game against the Chicago Bears got several shout-outs from opener Darius Rucker (as did Clay Matthews), who said, "I'll see you Feb. 6,'' before ending his 50-minute set with a cover of Prince's "Purple Rain.''

During intermission, spontaneous pockets of ďGo Pack Go!íí popped up across the arena.

Paisley, who made his entrance by climbing out of what was made to look like a pool as he sang "Water,'' teased the crowd early on: "Are you rootin' for anybody this weekend? You have a favorite?'' Packers graphics showed up in his video for "Celebrity,'' he swapped his white Stetson for a Packers stocking cap while making a trek through crowd during "Mud on the Tires'' and said it was a privilege to play "for the most diehard fans anywhere'' as he sat on a diving board on a small circular stage at the back of the arena.

"Thank you for letting me be the drunken preparty for the game,'' he said. "Hope y'all have fun in the Super Bowl.''

Got any photos of Rodgers?

If you were at Thursday's show and have photos of Aaron Rodgers' appearance with Brad Paisley, send them to trozwado@greenbaypressgazette.com and we'll post them on the Hub's Facebook page.

UPDATE: Here's some video posted to YouTube of the Rodgers appearance.

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