Ahead of his matchup with the Steelers on Sunday, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers joined the Pat McAfee Show and spoke glowingly of the city of Pittsburgh and head coach Mike Tomlin.
When asked about his thoughts on the Steel City, Rodgers lit up and revealed that he has become quite the fan of a local celebrity.
“I’ve been around a lot of Pittsburgh people over the years and I have loved my time with all of them,” Rodgers said with a smile. “And I’ve learned to speak the language really well, which has actually allowed me to follow and become a big fan of Pittsburgh Dad.”
Rodgers’ experiences with former Packers and current Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy, a Greenfield native, gave him a crash course in the Pittsburgh dialect.
“That was most of my career with Mike in the headset trying to figure out what the hell he was saying,” Rodgers joked.
As for the city itself, Rodgers seems to be a fan.
“It’s a great blue collar town. There’s a lot of great people that live there. It’s got a lot of history, that city,” Rodgers added.
With regards to Tomlin, Rodgers sounds to have a true admiration for the Steelers head coach.
“I have a ton of respect for Mike. I think he’s a fantastic coach,” Rodgers said. “I love the way that he leads. I love the way he talks after the games. Always seems to keep things really even keel. And looks like he’s somebody that the players love playing for him.”
"I love Pittsburgh.. it's a great blue collar tahn & Mike Tomlin is a fantastic coach who knows hot to lead & players love playing for" ~@AaronRodgers12 on the Packers matchup with the Steelers this Sunday#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/mvSbBkpvKV— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 28, 2021
Rodgers’ comments on the Pat McAfee Show caused quite the stir on social media, as Steeler fans immediately began campaigning for the former MVP to make a move to Pittsburgh in 2022.
After a tumultuous offseason and public friction with his front office, it is widely believed Rodgers and the Packers will part ways after the season.
It is also widely believed that current Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will retire following the season as well.
The 37-year-old Rodgers has thrown for 51,894 yards, 418 touchdowns and just 91 interceptions over his 17-year career. He is a three-time MVP and defeated the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.
Pittsburgh travels to Green Bay this Sunday looking to snap a two-game skid.