He grew up in California, an admitted San Francisco 49ers fan, but Aaron Rodgers admits to having a special regard for Bears fans.
Super Fans, that is.
Rodgers has seen his Q Rating soar from just the world of football into a far broader population segment because of commercials for State Farm Insurance. Past spots relied on humor and have involved Rodgers teammates Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji.
Now Rodgers has had to endure being wedged into an airplane middle seat between none other than Bears Super Fans Carl Wollarski and Bob Swerski, arguably the worst possible place for a Green Bay Packer.
But Rodgers has had fun doing the skit with two originals from the “Saturday Night Live!” Super Fans skit — Swerski George Wendt (Swerski) and Robert Smigel (Wollarski) — although he wasn’t altogether sure about the whole thing at the beginning.
“It’s surprising,” Rodgers said. “Especially after I read the first script the first year, I didn’t think it was going to be what it is now.
“But it’s been a blast to work with them, the production team, the staff is hilarious, and it’s always fun to be there for that day, just being around people like George and Robert. Obviously to be a part of that skit, I was a big fan of it when I was growing up.
“I have an appreciation for Chris Farley [who played Todd O’Connor) and those guys doing that skit, their affection for Mike Ditka. I’ve obviously rocked the moustache over the years and have a strong affection for moustaches. The whole thing has been a blast to be part of, and bringing Bears and Packers fans together.”