'Purple Doritos,' Scorpions karaoke, Jack Handey: 10 fun things we learned about Aaron Rodgers from '10 Questions' podcast
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers poured himself a glass of 15-year-old Balvenie single malt scotch and sat down for the premiere episode of "10 Questions with Kyle Brandt."
The new podcast for The Ringer challenges the guest to correctly answer 10 trivia questions specifically selected for them, with each cleverly leading into a discussion on a wide range of more serious topics. Rodgers had to have some help on the first question out of the gate — The proper term for a baby goat is what? — but had plenty to say about uppercase GOATs, TV sports media, NFL protests, the coronavirus impact on the upcoming season and his future with the Packers, during the 85-minute episode.
No need to go deep here. We're sticking with the fun pop culture stuff for this list of 10 things we learned about Rodgers from listening to the podcast. (By the way, it's a kid! A baby goat is called a kid.)
1. Heck yeah, he’s GIF-ed himself. He confessed to typing his own name in the GIF search field to see what kind of animated images of himself are out there. All those where he’s wearing a Bon Iver T-shirt (the Eau Claire band is one of his favorites) and sporting a Sam Elliott-caliber mustache? Those happened when former Packers tight end Martellus Bennett brought the people from GIPHY to Lambeau Field. Sometimes Rodgers sends one of those GIFs to Bon Iver singer Justin Vernon for laughs. Sometimes people think it’s humorous to send Rodgers one of his own GIFs. "There's some funny ones out there for sure," he said.
2. He loves Jack Handey. Rodgers went through a phase in 2013 when he would just tweet out random, ridiculous quotes from Jack Handey, whose “Deep Thoughts” segments were a regular fixture of “Saturday Night Live” in the 1990s. He has a personal note from Handey, on a signed joke card, in his office. It’s right next to a letter from President Barack Obama and his oversized check for $50,000 for charity for winning “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015. “That’s my three big things on my mantle there,” he said.
3. His diet once consisted of jelly beans and "purple Doritos." During his younger years, he was all about Starburst jelly beans paired with the spicy sweet chili-flavored Doritos in the purple bag.
4. He used to grab the mic at Mikey’s Pub in downtown Green Bay. As a rookie, Rodgers and his buddies would often sing karaoke on Friday nights at the Broadway bar. He usually picked “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey or “Jack and Diane” by John Mellencamp. Not everyone was impressed. Rodgers said a woman came up to him one night and said, “If you play quarterback as well as you sing, Green Bay isn’t going to be in good shape for a long time.” His response? “You’re drunk.”
5. He tried to ad-lib one of his lines on “The Office.” It didn’t fly. He played himself in a 2013 episode of one of his all-time favorite shows. He's one of three celebrity judges who breaks the news to Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) he doesn’t have what it takes to be the next great a cappella singing sensation. The script called for Rodgers to say “flag on the play.” He wasn’t crazy about it. It felt “a little cheesy,” he said, so he ad-libbed his own lines — something more “authentic.” They did a dozen takes of the scene, but it was ultimately “flag on the play” that won out. "Challenge!"
6. He knows his Scorpions lyrics. He didn’t just recite the lyrics that come next in “Wind of Change” for one of the 10 questions on the podcasts, he sang them. The 1990 power ballad is one of his go-to karaoke songs, and yes, he claims he can even do the Klaus Meine opening whistle. He takes his karaoke so seriously he has a machine at home that rates karaoke performances. He sometimes breaks it out after a home game — and a couple of scotches — when he has friends in town. House rule: Everybody has to sing.
7. No, that’s not him running into the alley with all the fire on “Game of Thrones.” Rodgers made a very brief cameo on the second-to-the-last episode of the HBO series in 2019, but it wasn’t in the scene that many people think. “That was not me. I think you would know that based on the running style of that individual.” Blink and you’ll miss it, but that’s him as a soldier in the scene when Arya Stark runs through the street and comes down the steps. It was “10 milliseconds” of screen time for 10 hours on set and an hour in wardrobe and makeup, but well worth it, said Rodgers, who is a superfan of the show.
8. He stands by his choice for the greatest film villain of all time, and it’s not Darth Vader. Brandt asked Rodgers to make the case for something he said on the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” a few years ago — that baddie John Kirby in the 1982 Chuck Norris movie “Silent Rage” is the GOAT of movie villains. “He did something in that movie that no one else has ever done, in my opinion,” Rodgers said. “How do you become the greatest villain of all time without having a speaking line in the entire movie?” Don’t even get him started about acting opposite a shirtless Norris, “one of the greatest actors of our generation.”
9. He’s been to Hobbiton. A private tour of the movie set used in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy was the highlight of a 2018 trip to New Zealand with then-girlfriend Danica Patrick, an adventure that also included landing on a glacier by helicopter. Spoiler alert: While Hobbiton was “totally magical,” Rodgers said he was surprised to find out the homes aren’t actually livable. There are no rooms inside.
10. He has a house manager named Joy. She’s so good at what she does, he told her she was a GOAT. She doesn’t handle everything, however. Rodgers said he pays his own bills.
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