There’s been much speculation about Aaron Rodgers’ sexuality since we reported the demise of a potential relationship between he and his rumored boyfriend, “personal assistant” Kevin Lanflisi. Whether you choose to buy into his “Christian relationship” with a woman or not, you can’t deny that the possibility of an openly gay Packers quarterback would be one of the biggest steps forward for LGBT athletes yet.
Rodgers, of course, has since denied that he is actually gay. But we can’t help but wonder, wouldn’t it be awesome if he were?
There’s so much to love about Aaron Rodgers! Here are the top five reasons it would be totally awesome if he were gay:
He’s smart, attractive and talented!
Lord knows most celebrities can either be one or two of the three (usually only attractive and talented), but if Aaron Rodgers were to come out as gay, he’d be the most desirable triple-threat around. Educated at University of California, Berkeley on a full athletic scholarship, this hunk boasted a 3.6 GPA and an SAT score of 1300.
He’s at the top of his game
If Aaron Rodgers were to come out, he would be the first professional athlete in a major American sport to do so in his prime. This man is not some tired, irrelevant former football player looking to take advantage of the limelight that comes with coming out—he’s been hailed as one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time and continues to deliver historic performances to this day.
He also carried the Green Bay Packers to the Super Bowl in 2011, where he won the prestigious MVP ring that his “personal assistant” loves so much.
He plays for the greatest team in the league
When it comes to football, you can’t get more quintessentially American than the Green Bay Packers. The Wisconsin team has delivered some of the most legendary names to the NFL Hall of Fame, including coach Vince Lombardi and quarterback Brett Favre, and has won 13 league championships, more than any other team in the NFL.
The Packers are also the only non-profit, community-owned team in the NFL. Aaron Rodgers literally has the best job in the entire NFL right now—a coming out would work wonders for LGBT acceptance in sports.
He was an underdog
Everyone loves an underdog, right? Despite his impressive current track record, Rodgers attracted little attention from Division I programs and considered quitting football altogether after being rejected from Florida State University. In an interview with E:60 in 2011, he attributed his underdog status to his subpar physical stats. As a high school player, he was only 5’10 and weighed 165 lb.
Ironically enough, Rodgers was originally passed by The San Francisco 49ers in 2005 before slipping to the Packers’ 24th pick.
He has a great sense of humor
I think I speak for us all when I say Aaron Rodgers is a man our community would love to claim. If his cute face, muscular thighs and impressive record haven’t hooked you, his sense of humor sure will.
To his teammates, he’s known as “the king of Photobombing.” To us, the owner of the greatest belt in the NFL:
Besides, don’t you think Tom Daley needs a break?