Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is doing his part to help small businesses get back on their feet in light of COVID-19.
Rodgers has donated $500,000 to The Barstool Fund, which was founded by Barstool Sports CEO David Portnoy. In an Instagram live interview, Rodgers told Portnoy to put him down for the donation.
“We all have charities and stuff that are really important and do great work, but we’re talking about our people,” Rodgers said. “I mean these are our people. This is the backbone of this country, small business, and the middle class, that’s taking it on the chin right now, and I want to get involved. I have to get involved.”
The Packers’ quarterback also called on teammates, coaches, sponsors and other NFL players to step up and give as well.
Aaron Rodgers Gives Welcome Boost To The Barstool Fund
Portnoy started The Barstool Fund in December with $500,000 of his own money to assist small businesses hit hard by the pandemic. Once it went viral, then contributions soared through the roof. They now total more than $21 million and have been shared with 97 businesses around the United States.
“They’re (Barstool Fund) doing something that the government isn’t doing, and so many people who have been struggling with the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) grants and not getting any money or waiting around for some sort of stimulus check that really is not going to help pay the rent for so many small businesses,” Rodgers said.
“… This is real money. This is real change,” he said.
The Packers are sitting at home waiting to see who they play in the NFC divisional round.
Rodgers Reveals What He’s Doing When He Retires
Meanwhile, Father Time is taking his cue from Rodgers and giving the quarterback some hints about hanging up his cleats.
At the age of 36, Rodgers isn’t exactly considered a young spring chicken in NFL terms. Rodgers joined “The Pat McAfee Show” on SiriusXM recently to reveal his future plans.
McAfee asked Rodgers if there is a chance that we would see him in the commentator’s booth once he retires.
“No,” Rodgers answered. “Well, I’ve given a lot to this game. I’ve been playing since I was in eighth grade. I’ve been playing for 16 years, and I just feel like when I’m done, I want to be done.”
Rodgers did give a hint on where you could see him in the future. It does involve a football field.
“You know, I think it’d be fun to help out some – you know, an age group that I feel like is real impressionable still,” he said. “Like high school kids. I think being able to, you know, just volunteer, help, you know, or just help with some quarterback stuff. I think would be fun.”
H/T: Green Bay Gazette