Rodgers: Bears fan Eddie Vedder owns Packers stock
At times, Aaron Rodgers has found himself on the nervous side of meeting a celebrity.
There are few people more famous throughout the country, so it doesn't happen often. On Tuesday, he recalled being nervous before meeting Michael Jordan and President Barack Obama. They may top anyone's list.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback met another icon Monday night. Rodgers saw Pearl Jam live perform at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Before the concert, he met lead singer Eddie Vedder.
"I didn't geek out in that situation," Rodgers said Tuesday on his weekly ESPN Milwaukee radio show. "I was proud of myself. I didn't really need a pep talk. I'd seen him perform before, and obviously was a big fan for a while, but I didn't feel those pre-meeting nerves."
Rodgers called the concert a "religious experience." It's like going to church, he said. He wasn't the only Packers player in attendance. Backup quarterback Matt Flynn, guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang, and rookie center Corey Linsley had their picture taken with Vedder after the concert.
Vedder, a Chicago native and notorious Bears fan, wore a No. 10 Packers jersey near the end of the concert. It's the same jersey Flynn wears, but Rodgers was quick to note it wasn't a Flynn jersey.
"Flynn obviously played along, or maybe in his mind believed that it was a Flynn jersey that he was wearing," Rodgers said. "I'm pretty sure it said 'Vedder' on the back, and obviously the Ten was for the CD title."
It wasn't Rodgers' first Pearl Jam concert. It was his first time meeting Vedder backstage. They traded a Packers jersey for a guitar. They also discussed music, the city of Seattle and an ESPN piece Vedder had done with Steve Gleason that highlighted the former New Orleans Saints player's battle with ALS.
Vedder shared one other interesting tidbit.
"He did say that he was an (Packers) owner," Rodgers said. "A buddy had gotten him stock certificate a few years back. As opposed to when we met the President and he made a joke about trading me to Chicago, there wasn't any conversation about that. We actually talked about some other things."
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