Aaron Rodgers is an incredibly talented (super dreamy) quarterback that’s well loved by Packers fans and middle-aged women alike. Let’s just say he’s got a massive fan base (over a million fans on facebook). So how does he like to hang out with fans? He dresses up in feather boas and cowboy hats, and bounces his 225 pound frame on a trampoline with a 5th grade cancer survivor.
Through his itsAaron campaign, Rodgers is starting to raise awareness for great causes. He visits kids who’ve battled early onset diseases such as Maggie Conlon who beat cancer. Rodgers may be best known for his work behind the offensive line, but off the field he sets an example for athletes and celebrities that can have a big hand in social good.
ItsAaron, recently created by Rodgers and Milwaukee attorney David Gruber, helps support theMACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer), a non profit that has contributed $41 million dollars to childhood cancer and related blood disorder research since 1976.
This video, the org’s first, shows 10-year-old Conlon who was born with a golf-ball sized tumor under her tongue. When she was only six weeks old, she was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. After 19 months of intense chemotherapy, and multiple surgeries, Conlon is cancer free, sharing her story, and playing soccer with a pro football player(how she does it in those trendy ballet flats, we just don’t know).
It’s great to see a total bro like Rodgers drop his ego and do something awesome. Of course he’s not the only famous face supporting a cause, in fact the NFL participated in breast cancer awareness month by selling pink gear. Rodgers’ video looks like it cost a lot of money to make, but hopefully the awareness it raises (with more than 65,000 views) is a good trade off.
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Last weekend, Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders Megan M. and Crystal B. shaved their heads to support Colts head coach Chuck Pagano’s battle with leukemia. So far, the Colts players and cheerleaders have raised $250,000 for leukemia research.
Sam Gordon wants to be a professional soccer player when she grows up. But this little phenom might be heading to the Super Bowl rather than the World Cup. Millions of people have watched Gordon’s insanely fast little legs juke, jive, and sprint their way to football fame, all thanks to one YouTube video posted by her dad.
In Gordon’s first season playing football for her Salt Lake City gremlin league team, the pint-size girl rushed nearly 2,000 yards, racking up 35 touchdowns and 65 tackles. She’s also nine-years-old, weighs less than 60 pounds, and plays on a team of all boys.
Underneath that enormous helmet, she’s got a mess of tousled sweaty hair, and a ton of talent. And not just for a girl. According to her father Brent Gordon, out of the 172 kids in the district who tried out, Gordon tested the fastest in every speed and agility drill. (That sh!t cray.)
Her father captured Gordon’s talent on video and posted a highlight reel to YouTube called “Girl football player is fast and fun to watch.” Sounds like a bit of an undersell given that Gordon’s video has now earned more than 2 million views and counting. She’s undoubtedly fast, and so fun to watch that she’s been compared to football greats on NFL.com.
Some commenters voice concern over the fact that she’s a girl playing a contact-heavy, male-dominated sport, and that in a few years she won’t be able to keep up. What does Gordon have to say? “It’s just fun because all the boys are like, “Woah… it’s a girl,” she said via Skype on Good Morning America Thursday morning.
As long as she’s enjoying herself and destroying the game, well then, get it girl! Plus who cares, she’d rather play soccer anyways.