Aaron Rodgers' 'I got engaged' news takes Packers fans, Twitter by surprise

Kendra Meinert
Green Bay Press-Gazette
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Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after the Green Bay Packers defeated the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sept. 27. Other things the Green Bay Packers quarterback did in 2020: "I got engaged."

Aaron Rodgers’ idea of an engagement announcement: “I got engaged,” in the most R-E-L-A-X-ed delivery imaginable in the middle of his MVP acceptance speech.

Reaction on social media to that announcement:

“Aaron Rodgers got ENGAGED???” 


“Did Aaron Rodgers just announce that he’s ENGAGED?”

“Hold up ... Aaron Rodgers is engaged?”

“Aaron Rodgers?? ENGAGED???? Excuse me???”

You get the idea. The surprise on Twitter was universal. Only the number of question marks, degree of capitalization and creativity varied.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback casually dropped the news Saturday night after being named MVP — the third time in his career — at the "NFL Honors" virtual ceremony. He slid it in somewhere between “180 straight days of getting my nose hairs scraped” and “I played some of the best football of my career” while reflecting on 2020.

Then, in case you weren’t sure you heard him right, he thanked his unnamed “fiancee” as part of a rapid-fire list of other people he did name, including actress Jodie Foster (a noted Packers fan) near the end of the speech.

Which brings us to the next question ...

It turns out there's a GIF for that ...

People magazine, citing "a source who knows the couple," confirmed Monday his fiancée is indeed Shailene Woodley.

Rodgers' announcement came during the same week E! News reported he and the "Big Little Lies" and "Divergent" actress have been dating. "They have kept things private and low key," according to the unnamed source.

That would seem to be an understatement, given the surprise over news of their engagement. Neither Rodgers, 37, or Woodley, 29, have confirmed their relationship.

A Twitter account dedicated to sharing news about the actress was looking for answers, too, tweeting at Woodley on behalf of its 26,000 followers.

Some fans flocked to Woodley's Instagram, where she last posted in October about a cast reunion of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" in October, to offer congratulations. "Welcome to Wisconsin, you're gonna love it!!!" from one.

Shailene Woodley attends the Golden Globe Awards in 2020.

Rodgers had previously dated former race car driver Danica Patrick for more than two years. The two vacationed together in Peru in March. A representative for Patrick confirmed in July they were no longer together.

That Rodgers' announcement came on Super Bowl LV weekend prompted some fun about rings — engagement and otherwise. Page Six led its report this way: "Aaron Rodgers didn’t end the 2020 NFL season with a ring, but it appears his “fiancée” did." 

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Contact Kendra Meinert at 920-431-8347 or Follow her on Twitter @KendraMeinert

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