|Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers takes his facial hair very seriously. (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
This story has been around for a few days but we feel it still merits a mention in light of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' performance against the Saints in Thursday night's season opener. The same guy whose career began with an agonizingly long wait in the 2005 NFL Draft green room, and who spent the next three seasons as Brett Favre's backup, has made himself into one of the league's best quarterbacks, maybe even the best.
We were again reminded of that Thursday, when Rodgers followed up a Super Bowl MVP showing with a clinical effort against New Orleans. When it was over, the Packers had outlasted the Saints, 42-34, Rodgers had completed 77 percent of his throws (27 of 35), amassed 312 passing yards and tossed three touchdowns. And he made it look effortless.
The only thing missing from this virtuoso performance? A ridiculously awesome mustache, something Rodgers had sported during the preseason (as he's done so in previous years). And while he was clean shaven for the Packers' regular-season opener, facial hair isn't a joke to him. Or maybe it is. Either way, his homage to Goose Gossage caught the attention of the American Mustache Institute.
"You can't help but be in trance by the amazing covering up of the upper lip. You don't know whether the person is smiling or going to pull a gun as we've seen from such wonderful shows as Reno 911." - Aaron Rodgers
For those of you too lazy to watch the video, the transcribed highlights are below (courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunn by way of Shutdown Corner):
On what has a better ring to it -- "Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers" or "Mustached American Hero Aaron Rodgers:" "I'd say it's probably neck and neck. It's tough to pick between the two. Being a mustached American is something I dreamt about when I was a kid and being a Super Bowl champion is something I dreamt about as a kid as well."
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On if having a mustache makes it easier to pick up sideline reporters: "If I needed to pick up any sideline reporters, my first line of business would be to grow a very thick mustache. I'm often encouraged when I watch a movie such as Tombstone, my favorite movie, by Sam Elliott's mustache. I'm very jealous of the fact that he can cover up both lips with one blade of hair that's consistent over his upper lip. I often look to a movie like that for support if I'm at a low point in my life and realize that growing a mustache can really turn your fortunes around very quickly."
On if Joe Namath could have sealed the deal with [ESPN sideline reporter] Suzy Kolber if he was rocking his 70s mustache: "That's tough to say. As you all know, a mustache grows on you whether you're the one wearing the mustache or whether you're the one staring at it. You can't help but be in trance by the amazing covering up of the upper lip. You don't know whether the person is smiling or going to pull a gun as we've seen from such wonderful shows as Reno 911...If Joe Namath would have had a mustache in that situation, who knows what the response might have been."
Rodgers is redefining the NFL quarterback position. Not just with his play, but also in the way he presents himself off the field. Guessing we won't see him in UGGs anytime soon, and skinny jeans are definitely out of the question. Then again, you don't need a guy rocking a porn 'stache to tell you that. Or at least you shouldn't.
Whatever, Rodgers definitely has a future in law enforcement and/or auto insurance.
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