Drew Gooden and Aaron Rodgers: Internet and Video Game Bros
The leading member of the Drew Gooden fan club is an unexpected, prominent figure in sports. When the Washington Wizards signed the NBA veteran to a 10-day contract in late February, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers immediately expressed his support of the move via Twitter.
The former NFL and Super Bowl MVP kept at the praise after Gooden’s first good game versus the Utah Jazz.
The #Championship hash tag for Gooden’s 12-point output was a little excessive, but when one of the best players in the NFL wants to show love toward a a player on a struggling pro basketball franchise that’s desperately trying to be successful, more power to Green Bay’s No. 12.
The good times kept rolling for Gooden and he was unreal in a key comeback victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Washington.
It was time for Rodgers to take a victory lap for his boy.
As the NBA playoffs tipped off on Saturday, Rodgers proudly declared where his rooting interests will be this post season and tweeted out a picture of his autographed Drew Gooden Wizards jersey.
“To Aaron: You inspire me bro! Thanks 4 the Support!” —Drew Gooden
Before the Wizards team traveled to Chicago on Saturday after practice, I asked Gooden about his number one booster. He revealed that their relationship began when Gooden played for the Bucks.
“He (Rodgers) has been one of my biggest supporters once I got to Milwaukee. He came to a lot of our games, watched our games,” revealed Gooden. “Slowly but surely he started telling me, ‘Hey man, I am playing a lot with you on the video game.’ (NBA 2k12 at the time, or 2k11.) ‘Hopefully you can put those same numbers up in real life.’”
“I kind of came close to those numbers. It was a joy for him to watch, and I became, I guess, his favorite player on the Bucks. He always came to represent us courtside, talked to me after the game, and texted me after the game ‘good job.’ It kind of escalated from there.”
Considering the trauma that Rodgers inflicts on the Chicago Bears fans every season, he might be the perfect ally for Washington to have in their first round battle versus the Bulls.