Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Aaron Rodgers’s brother Jordan gets a big win on ‘The Bachelorette’

Aaron Rodgers may have a Super Bowl ring, but after a huge, nationally televised win of his own Monday, Jordan Rodgers got to put a ring on it. The younger brother of the Packers’ quarterback became the last man standing — or, in his case, kneeling — on “The Bachelorette,” getting engaged to JoJo Fletcher.

“Gimme that hand, gimme that hand” — ah, the romance. (Cue my wife pointedly asking, “Hey where was my sunset-on-the-beach proposal?”)

Rodgers, a former quarterback in his own right, having played at Vanderbilt before enjoying cups of coffee in the NFL and CFL, fended off 25 other suitors in winning Fletcher’s heart. Both leagues tweeted out congratulatory messages Monday, as did a former Commodores teammate of Rodgers, Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

Not offering congrats, at least via social media, was Aaron Rodgers, which was no surprise, given his previous comments about his brother. Jordan had spoken of the Green Bay star’s estrangement from his family on the show, causing Aaron to tell Packers reporters last week, “As far as those kinds of things go, I’ve always found that it’s a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I’m just — I’m not going to speak on those things, but I wish him well in the competition.”

In what may have been a makeup call, given the awkward sibling situation, the NFL’s Twitter account posted a Rodgers highlight from Sunday’s Packers practice session, shortly after the congratulatory tweet to his brother. Or it might simply have been a coincidence, but in keeping with the spirit of the reality-TV show, it’s more fun play up the dramatic angle.

Jordan Rodgers has reportedly parlayed his “Bachelorette”-driven celebrity status (okay, and his Vanderbilt career) into a gig as an analyst for the SEC Network. But wait — does that mean he wasn’t on the show for, gasp, the right reasons? Good heavens, that might mean that his engagement won’t turn into a long, happy marriage!

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