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Aaron Rodgers Bridges California’s Political Divide

June 3, 2011

The California state legislature has found little to agree upon lately. Things were no different at the Capitol on Thursday until Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers entered the room. The California native was welcomed with a standing ovation — by Republicans and Democrats alike — after being presented with an assembly resolution by Assemblyman Dan Logue and Assembly speaker John Perez.

Logue labeled Rodgers as a “Californian champion” and lauded the Super Bowl MVP for his work with the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund.

While Rodgers may lead the Packers on the field, he was not the first player to be honored by the California State Assembly this year.

In April, Jarrett Bush and Desmond Bishop were honored “not just for their outstanding play on the field, but for their off-the-field activism and commitment to their communities.” In her speech on the Capitol floor Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada called Bush and Bishop her “homegrown heroes.”

With the current NFL lockout, all three players have had ample time to commit to their respective charity work. Last month, Rodgers raised an estimated $225,000 for the MACC fund; on Thursday, Bush paid a visit to a local hospital to lift patients’ spirits and raise awareness; and both Bush and Bishop run youth football camps in their home state that benefit at-risk youth.

Being recognized by the California Assembly puts the three players in elite company, but Assemblyman Logue characterized Rodgers’ visit as ranking near the top.

“We’ve had Willie Mays here at the assembly and others,” Logue said. “Aaron is right up there with them.”

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