Dear Mr. Rodgers ( I couldn’t resist),
I’m sure you watched the Superbowl and saw Tom Brady win his 7th championship ring. I can assure you that I don’t like it anymore than you do, though I will allow that your particular proximity regarding the matter is certainly more intimate than my own.
That said, there’s more to life than football, and I suspect you know that. Brady is going to be remembered as the Greatest (quarterback) Of All Time, but it seems unlikely he’ll be remembered as a great human being. Great human beings do more than excel at a sport.
Take Alan Page, for example. He played 15 years in the National Football League, eleven with the Minnesota Vikings and four with the Chicago Bears. He was the first defensive player in NFL history to win the league MVP. He went to four Superbowls with the Vikings and lost every one of them. I’m sure he was very disappointed. I know I was. I was born and raised in a small town in southeastern Minnesota and watched every one of those losses on TV. It was brutal.
But Page was undeterred. He got his Juris Doctor, served in the Minnesota Attorney Generals office for a few years, and then ran for state Supreme Court and won. He served in that position for 22 years. He’ll be remembered more for that than for playing football and that’s as it should be. He’s a great human being.
So, to my point.
You’ve had a great career with the Packers. You’re in an exclusive club: quarterbacks who’ve won Superbowls. You’ve been league MVP three times. Your numbers are stellar. But, like I mentioned above, there’s more to life than football.
Over the years you’ve demonstrated an affinity for progressive politics. You’re a smart guy. You care. At 37 years old you’re getting a little long in the tooth to play football. But you’re a kid when it comes to politics. You’re nearly a rookie. Think about it.
Ron Johnson is up for re-election in 2022. He’s a blight on the state of Wisconsin. He needs to go. You could defeat him with ease. You have the name recognition, the status, the gravitas, the money, the brains. It wouldn’t even be a contest. I’d pay more money to attend a debate between you and Ron Johnson than I would to watch you face off against Brady next year in the NFC championship game.
So please, give it some consideration. “Senator Rodgers”. It’s got a nice ring to it.