Aaron Rodgers Being Considered For Vice President

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It would be a political announcement that would send shock waves throughout the country. Aaron Rodgers is one of the most celebrated NFL quarterbacks in the history of the game. Forging his illustrious career as the man leading the Green Bay Packers, Rodgers has amassed numerous accolades, including multiple MVP awards and a Super Bowl ring in 2011.

His unwavering excellence and adaptability has made Rodgers one of the best passers of all time. Despite contending with injuries and roster fluctuations, he consistently elevates his team’s performance. His improvisational brilliance and clutch plays have become the stuff of legend, solidifying his status as one of the game’s premier quarterbacks.

From performing charity work to hosting Jeopardy! Rodgers, 40, has shown himself to care for his community and smart enough to lead. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., allegedly believes those skills should be put to use on the campaign trail and in the Oval Office. 

Are you ready for Vice President Rodgers?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has recently approached the N.F.L. quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura about serving as his running mate on an independent presidential ticket, and both have welcomed the overtures, two people familiar with the discussions said to The New York Times.

Mr. Kennedy confirmed on Tuesday that the two men were at the top of his list. It is not clear if either has been formally offered the post, however, and Mr. Kennedy is still considering a shortlist of potential candidates, the people familiar with the discussions said.

Mr. Kennedy said that he had been speaking with Mr. Rodgers “pretty continuously” for the past month, and that he had been in touch with Mr. Ventura since the former governor introduced him at a campaign event last month in Arizona.

A representative for Mr. Rodgers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Mr. Ventura’s son, Tyrel Ventura, said in an email message late Tuesday: “No one has officially asked Gov. Ventura to be a vice-presidential candidate so the governor does not comment on speculation.”

ESPN reports that someone registered the website domain name last week using a GoDaddy host.

“Obviously,” noted the Worldwide Leader In Sports, “life on the campaign trail would pose a major conflict for Rodgers, who said in a recent interview that he hopes to play ‘two or three or four more years’ in the NFL. He’s under contract through 2025 and is due to make $35 million in salary and bonuses this season, all of it guaranteed.

The Jets had no comment on the report.

Rodgers has talked enthusiastically about returning this season for the Jets, especially after the disappointment of 2023. He suffered a torn Achilles on the fourth play of the first game, ending his season barely after it started.

He hasn’t talked publicly about the possibility of running for office, at least not in recent interviews, though he does share similar views with Kennedy on the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines and public health.”

Rodgers is currently a member of the New York Jets where he was injured during the first drive of last season. Sports media in the Big Apple have had a field day with the topic. 

“WFAN’s afternoon crew may have had the same reaction as just about every other person learning about Tuesday’s report that Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers was on the short list of vice presidential candidates for independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,” wrote The New York Post. 

‘”There’s no way this is true,’ Tiki Barber quipped as Shaun Morash read the New York Times report that broke in the afternoon. 

‘This is the most Jets story of all time,’ Morash said. ‘If he’s ‘welcoming overtures,’ even if it’s at five percent, he’s not all-in on quarterbacking the Jets.’”

Kennedy’s other rumored choice is a cultural icon in his own right. Jesse Ventura has left an indelible mark on American culture through his diverse career. Rising to prominence as a professional wrestler under the moniker “The Body,” Ventura captivated audiences with his charisma and athleticism in the ring during the 1970s and 1980s. His tenure in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) saw him become a household name, earning accolades and championships.

Transitioning from wrestling to entertainment, Ventura found success as an actor and media personality. He starred in several films, including notable roles in “Predator” and “The Running Man,” showcasing his versatility on the silver screen.

Ventura’s foray into politics further solidified his status as a dynamic figure. Serving as the Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003, he demonstrated a commitment to progressive policies and unconventional governance.

The former governor told outlets that he would not comment on the speculation. 

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