But he’s isn’t the only Rodgers making headlines.
Aaron’s younger brother is Jordan Rodgers, a former college quarterback in the powerhouse Southeastern Conference.
Jordan, 28, made a name for himself by winning the reality TV dating show “The Bachelorette” over the summer of 2016. He also recently landed a job with the SEC Network, a division of ESPN.
But not everything is so rosy. A rift between Aaron and Jordan has led to a family that has become divided.
Keep reading to learn more about Jordan Rodgers:
Jordan Rodgers Football Career
Jordan was the starting quarterback at Pleasant Valley High School, leading the team to an 8-3-1 record as a senior.
After high school, he went the Junior College route, landing at Butte College in California. Jordan was the backup, but his team went 12-0 to win the Junior College National Title in 2008. In his second season, he was the starter and threw for 2,219 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Jordan accepted a scholarship to Vanerbilt and spent his final two years of eligibility in Nashville, Tennessee.
In his first year with the Commodores (2011), he was the backup quarterback, but made 7 starts. Rodgers completed 108 of 216 passes for 1,524 yards and 9 touchdowns. His 420 rushing yards were good for second on the team. That team lost 31-24 to Cincinnati in the Liberty Bowl.
The following season, Rodgers was a starter and co-captain. Starting 11 games, he completed 191 of 319 passes for 2,539 yards with 15 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Rodgers capped his career with a 38-24 win over North Carolina State in the Music City Bowl. In that game he threw for two touchdowns and ran another one in as the Commodores finished 9-4.
Rodgers finished his collegiate career with an 11-8 record as a starter. He completed 299 of 535 passes for 4,063 yards, 24 TDs and 15 INTs. He added 491 rushing yards and 6 more scores.
Rodgers signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2013. After being released he was on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2013 season. Then 2014 he spent an offseason month with the Miami Dolphins before being released. Rodgers signed with the B.C. Lions of the CFL, but before training camp in 2015, he retired from professional football.
Relationship With JoJo Fletcher of ‘The Bachelorette’
While Jordan Rodgers was known in college football circles and by some NFL fans, he became a household name to pop culture fans after appearing on the ABC show “The Bachelorette” in the summer of 2016.
If you aren’t familiar with the show, it’s a reality TV dating program. The basic premise is this: there is a single bachelorette and a pool of eligible guys, and she must eliminate them until she finds her match.
This season the bachelorette’s match was Jordan Rodgers.
The bachelorette was JoJo Fletcher, and the two now are engaged. The couple now lives in Dallas, though no wedding date has been set.
While JoJo is close with Jordan’s parents, she has yet to meet older brother Aaron.
Relationship With Brother Aaron Rodgers
In one of the episodes of “The Bachelorette,” Jordan revealed on national television that there is a rift between he and his brother Aaron.
The brothers haven’t spoken in years. In fact, Aaron hasn’t spoken to any members of his family, including his father, mother and older brother. Patriarch Ed Rodgers told the New York Times in a recent interview that there was indeed tension and that “fame can change things.”
Apparently an argument led to a “blow-up” and the family hasn’t been in touch since. In a People.com story, a source close to the family said the incident happened about two years ago:
It wasn’t an argument about anything all that interesting. Some things were said on both sides that were regrettable.
The source added:
Their parents got involved in the middle of it. Everyone needed a cooling-off period. It could have ended there, but some people chose to go public with it, rather than keeping it a private family matter. And here we are.
Aaron has been mum on the topic, telling reporters just before training camp:
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. I’m not going to speak on those things.
Jordan Rodgers Job at ESPN
In August of 2016, Rodgers was hired to be a college football analyst for the SEC Network, ESPN’s channel dedicated to all things Southeastern Conference-related.
ESPN Senior Vice President Stephanie Druley said at the time of the hiring:
We began planning for the upcoming college football season in February and Jordan was one of our first calls. He had a unique perspective as a quarterback at Vanderbilt University and we were immediately impressed with his intelligence and passion for the game.
ESPN caught some criticism for the hiring with many saying Rodgers was only added to the network because of his popularity gained on “The Bachelorette.”
We first interviewed Jordan in March and he auditioned in May, before The Bachelorette had begun airing. We were struck by the clarity of his thought and strong, thoughtful opinion on the many layers of college football.