It was bad enough for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers that his team lost its season opener, 30-22 to the San Francisco 49ers -- the team Rodgers wanted to play for when he was a kid. Adding insult to defeat is the fact that Rodgers, who is apparently a big fan of the group Boyz II Men, made a bet with one of the Boyz that could have him making a regrettable fashion choice.
According to TMZ, Rodgers asked Boyz II Men to sing the national anthem before the opener at Lambeau Field. Nathan Morris of the group laid a bet on the table. If the Packers lost the game, Morris proposed, Rodgers would have to wear a 49ers jersey through this entire week. Morris would have had to wear a Packers jersey through this week had Green Bay won, but he's not a professional football player -- he doesn't have to go to team meetings and film room and all other game-prep functions wearing the colors of the opposing team.
Rodgers has limited prep time, as well -- the Packers play the Chicago Bears at Lambeau on Thursday night.
The history of Rodgers and the 49ers is a bit complicated. Rodgers was taken by Green Bay with the 24th overall pick in the 2005 draft. The 49ers, with current Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on staff, selected quarterback Alex Smith first overall. Rodgers, who was born and grew up in Northern California, wanted to play for the 49ers more than anything, but he had to go elsewhere to establish himself as perhaps the best quarterback in the NFL.
But on Sunday, it was the often-disappointing Smith who looked like the franchise guy. Rodgers completed 30 passes in 44 attempts for 303 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the 49ers' stout defense. Playing against a Packers defense that was decidedly less impressive, Smith went 20 of 26 for 211 yards, two touchdowns, and no picks. It was the best version of an Alex Smith game -- efficient, understated, and mistake-free. Rodgers, who usually takes defenses apart with his own excellence and McCarthy's formation diversity, couldn't say that this was ideal for him in any way.
"They've got a great front seven," Rodgers said of the 49ers. "We had some good looks to run the ball on the first couple of drives but didn't get a whole lot done. Then we went with some of our four-wide receiver personnel trying to get [Randall] Cobb matched up in a positive situation ... It's one game. [This] is a team that was in the NFC championship game last year. It's a good team. Hopefully, we see them down the road in the playoffs."
For Rodgers' sake, he should probably avoid making any bets. Now, we can but wait and see if he'll live up to this one.
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