Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley recently bought new uniforms for the Allouez Buccaneers youth football team. (Sept. 26, 2017)
Green Bay Packers fans like to know their quarterback.
And by know, we don't just mean what they're capable of on the field but who they are off of it, too.
The Aaron Rodgers era has afforded fans the opportunity to learn everything from the MVP quarterback's local restaurant of choice (Chives) to his favorite TV shows ("South Park," "Game of Thrones") to his go-to karaoke songs ("Jack and Diane," "Don't Stop Believin'").
But with Rodgers out with a broken collarbone, it's time for a crash course in Brett Hundley 101 to get to know the new 24-year-old leader of the Pack.
Here are 10 fun things to know about No. 7.
1. He’s a foodie. On his Twitter account @BrettHundley17, he frequently asks his 55,900 followers what he should cook for dinner with the hashtags #chefhundley and #foodlover, often replying to their suggestions. (And yes, he says, he has his teammates over all the time to cook for them.) He also happens to be a photo buff, so he shares pictures of what he whipped up, everything from chicken katsu and mac salad to jerk chicken and spicy cilantro jasmine rice. When it’s a road game, he’s asking followers for the best place to eat in the city.
2. He’s adjusting to life in Green Bay. Coming from Los Angeles, where he played college football for UCLA, Hundley's introduction to Green Bay in 2015 was a bit of an adjustment.
“I remember flying into Green Bay and seeing nothing and just seeing the stadium. That was the first thing going through my mind,” he said in September as a guest on WIXX’s weekly “1-On-1 With the Boys.” The city’s population sign reminded him of “a little town.”
He recalls Rodgers asking him to go to a movie and Hundley thinking there was no way they would be able to get through the theater and enjoy a movie without being mobbed by fans. It never happened.
“The people here are really laid back, like chill. It was perfectly fine. So that was a big shock to me,” he said on “1-On-1 With the Boys.” “It’s almost like a family atmosphere, literally. You’ll see the hi’s and the waves and stuff, but everybody is so relaxed and laid back. You can talk to anybody and like have a great conversation, and everybody is so cool.”
3. His wife Dawnielle is a singer. A Los Angeles-based R&B/pop singer, she records under the name Dionne Anylah. According to her professional website, the LA native is an unsigned artist who expects to make her official debut this year. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in philosophy and a minor in music industry and was a sprinter on the track team. She and Hundley met in college and married in 2016.
4. He's a Junior. He was born Brett Alan Hundley Jr. in Phoenix. His father, Brett Hundley Sr., played running back at the University of Arizona.
5. He’s an ambassador for Athletes vs Epilepsy. Named to the Epilepsy Foundation’s nationwide program in July, Hundley is among the athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans who help raise money to support new therapies and research for people with epilepsy. It's a cause dear to Hundley’s heart. His sister, Paris, who is a year older, was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 11 and was in and out of the hospital more than 100 times.
In a 2012 interview with the Los Angels Times, as UCLA’s redshirt freshman quarterback, he said, “I play for her. I play because her seizures stopped her from running track, and she was faster than anything. Sometimes I think she can live vicariously through me.”
Paris has been seizure-free for more than three years. Brett has called her one of the strongest people he's ever seen.
6. He has a rescue dog. Dakota the pup, a border collie mix, has her own Instagram account @itsdakotasworld. She gets around, from trips to Los Angeles to hanging out on a beach in the Bahamas to going for hikes with Hundley at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.
7. He has a response for all the times people ask him questions about Rodgers. “I get a bunch of questions about Aaron, and I just tell them, ‘I’m Brett,'" he said on WIXX.
8. He does a pretty good "Men in Black" impersonation. For the Welcome Back Packers Luncheon in August, Hundley and Rodgers dressed up as Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent Jay (Will Smith) from the movie.
9. He bought the Allouez Buccaneers new uniforms. When Hundley learned this fall the youth football team made up of eighth-graders from around the area was considering getting new uniforms to commemorate the team’s winning streak, Hundley offered to spring for all 36 sets of the white pants and jerseys.
Hundley told the Green Bay Press-Gazette he wanted to help out the team because he remembers playing football at their age.
“The uniforms are a special part of the game," he said. "When I was playing (at their level) it was about going out there and having fun. Even in high school, there wasn’t any politics and there shouldn’t be. It’s about that you’re feeling good and having fun.”
10. He's funny. Just check out his video post from last Halloween.