Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is probably best known for his efforts on the field, but some of his heroics away from the game merit just as much recognition. We aren't referring to the Discount Double-Check here — sorry all you fans of "Grill Class" — we're referring to the work Rodgers does on behalf of so many of the non-profit organizations in Wisconsin. If you haven't seen an episode of "It's Aaron," the series follows Rodgers around as he goes out of his way to surprise kids dealing with challenging circumstances as a means to share their stories and promote the organizations looking out for them. Not only is Rodgers incredibly kind with the children he meets, he's also astonishingly normal. In his latest video with a young woman suffering from spina bifida who adores music, he gave the guitar a whirl while they sang a track together. He even confessed to being a fan of a certain member of One Direction. Pretty refreshing, especially considering some of the other off-the-field stories that are surfacing.
Fan's surprise for Adam Pardy:
We've all seen fans go to great lengths to recover potential souvenirs that end up in the stands, like baseballs hit into the bleachers or the occasional hockey puck deflected over the glass. But one hockey fan in Chicago took shocking measures on Wednesday night at United Center in an attempt to make sure he went home with a piece of memorabilia — he pried the helmet off the head of Adam Pardy after the Winnipeg Jets defenseman was checked through the boards. As if the gesture wasn't brave enough, the fan had the audacity to put the helmet on his own head.
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220 days in the making:
A devastating injury to Kevin Ware during an Elite Eight game last season against Duke seemed to make headlines the moment it happened. Those who recall the scope of his injury might find it hard to believe that the Louisville Cardinal guard could get back on the court, but as of Wednesday, Ware is officially back. Still working hard to get back to full strength, Ware's minutes were limited in the exhibition game against Pikeville but his appearance was marked by multiple standing ovations and thunderous applause after he hit his first bucket in 220 days.