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Wisconsin's basketball team cheered on by Aaron Rodgers, other high-profile NFLers

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The Wisconsin basketball team got a surprise following its 69-52 win over Baylor on Thursday night: A postgame locker room visit from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers congratulated each member of the Elite Eight-bound Badgers individually and even got coach Bo Ryan to break his famous gameface for a more goofy look. He later also tweeted his support for San Diego State, which lost to Arizona in the West regional's night cap at Honda Center.

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Though Rodgers supporting another top team from the Dairy State might seem like a natural fit, it's worth noting that he wasn't walking into a den inhabited solely by Packers fans. Many members of the team come from out of state, with three big contributors — Frank Kaminsky, Ben Brust and Duje Dukan — hailing from Bears Country. 

Despite those allegiances, Dukan said the entire team was happy to see Rodgers, who spent his college days at Cal. Dukan said he got a laugh from the 2011 NFL MVP when he told him that he was a Bears fan. 

"I'm a Bears fan but I was really, truly happy to meet the guy and shake his hand," said Dukan, who is from Deerfield, Ill., and now runs the risk of not being allowed back in his home state. "You get the best quarterback in the league acknowledging us for a hard-fought win, it's obviously a great thing."

Rodgers wasn't the only Super Bowl-winning quarterback cheering on the Badgers Thursday night. Nor was he the only NFL star, for that matter. Check out these tweets from two former Badger football stars: 

Maybe it's not quite the same as having Tim Tebow in the stands.

Still, it's hard to imagine a higher-profile trio of NFL stars supporting the same NCAA team right now.

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