GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers is rooting for the University of Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, and the Green Bay Packers quarterback even has a suggestion for a possible replacement for departing head coach Bret Bielema.
The news of Bielema being hired by Arkansas broke during Rodgers’ weekly radio show Tuesday on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com.
“By the way, let’s mention Wisconsin football going to the Rose Bowl. Rooting for them – they’re playing against Stanford,’” Rodgers interjected as he discussed friend and ex-teammate Mark Tauscher’s work on the Badgers’ radio broadcasts. “Let’s go Badgers! C’mon. Big win against Nebraska, 70-31.”
Later, when Bielema’s departure hit social media and news outlets, Rodgers took the opportunity to champion his old coach at California-Berkeley, Jeff Tedford. Cal fired Tedford last month.
“Just throwing it out there,” Rodgers said with a chuckle. “I only know (avid UW supporter and ESPN golf analyst) Andy North down there. I am not very connected. I know Mark Tauscher and Andy North, two good guys to know, and Bo Ryan.”
The Packers have two ex-Arkansas players on their roster in long-snapper Brett Goode and tight end D.J. Williams.
“I am as shocked as you are, I can’t believe it,” Rodgers said of Bielema’s departure. “All I can say is it must have been a great deal of money to lure him out of that.”
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