Aaron Rodgers makes seven-figure donation to Cal football

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Aaron Rodgers‘ name was already all over Cal’s football record book, and now it’s on a building.

The school announced that the Packers quarterback made a “seven-figure” donation to the schools’ football program, which will be used to renovate the locker room and endow a scholarship.

“I’m pleased and proud to make this gift to support Cal football,” Rodgers said. “My years at Cal were among the best years of my life. My time in Berkeley created lasting, unforgettable memories. Coach [Justin] Wilcox was on the coaching staff when I was a Bear, and I am excited about the team’s direction with Justin pointing the way. He is a tremendous football coach and an even better role model for his players. I hope that my contribution can help him move this program forward.”

Rodgers spent two years in Berkley after transferring from Butte College, and the scholarship endowment is earmarked for a junior college transfer.

He’s the second NFL star to make a million-dollar donation to the alma mater this offseason, after Aaron Donald wrote a big check to Pitt.

38 responses to “Aaron Rodgers makes seven-figure donation to Cal football

  1. ‘The Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship’ has a nice ring to it.

    Nice work Aaron!👍

  2. I’m a Cal alum and I dont even know what’s going on with the team -I thought Sonny Dykes was still the coach…The Jeff Tedford era with players like Rodgers, Marshawn, Desean, Keenan Allen, Marvin Jones, Jahvid Best et al were definitely the glory days.

  3. Of course, all the Rodgers haters will find something negative about him for this, too.
    Good job Aaron and it’s the kind of thing you have been doing all along which no one knows about.

  4. This is one more breathtaking philanthropic display from arguably the greatest player in the history of the game.
    ____________________________________

    Tom Brady: “Aaron, hold my beer – literally.”

  5. While this is a great gesture, I’m not sure why the NCAA needs donations to keep afloat when they don’t pay the talent that brings in so much revenue. Where does the money go that requires them to seek donations from alumni?

  6. He’s the second NFL star to make a million-dollar donation to the alma mater this offseason, after Aaron Donald wrote a big check to Pitt.

    7 figures is NOT a million-dollar donation. Do not put Rodgers in the Donald category for charity.

  7. He doesn’t have college-age kids yet but when he does, their spot at Cal is already reserved.

  8. That’s very nice but I’m sure most NFL players make donations to their alma maters. They just don’t feel the need to make such a big donation that it gets their name on a building and in the newspaper. Rodgers made $80 million this year so he has to find someplace to spend it.

  9. It’s his money to with as he pleases, but does an organization (NCAA) that makes billions off of unpaid college players really need more?

  10. He can donate a Billion dollars and they STILL will not beat the Trojans!!!

    -Fight On

  11. I am somewhat surprised over all the thumbs down. It’s a charitable donation, and I know he does a lot more charity work that doesn’t get publicized. Get over yourselves losers, get a life……

  12. toothfairyretributionmanifestosays:

    June 11, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    He’s the second NFL star to make a million-dollar donation to the alma mater this offseason, after Aaron Donald wrote a big check to Pitt.

    7 figures is NOT a million-dollar donation. Do not put Rodgers in the Donald category for charity.
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    You should remember the saying of better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt. By definition 7 figures is at minimum a million dollars.

  13. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    June 11, 2019 at 3:20 pm
    He’s the second NFL star to make a million-dollar donation to the alma mater this offseason, after Aaron Donald wrote a big check to Pitt.

    7 figures is NOT a million-dollar donation. Do not put Rodgers in the Donald category for charity.

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    1. ones
    2. tens
    3. hundreds
    4. thousands
    5. ten-thousands
    6. hundred-thousands
    7. millions

    Now I’m sure you’re going wow us and say “10,000.00 is 7 figures and that’s not a million” so let me just go ahead and help you. 10,000.00 is NOT 7 figures. 10,000.00 is 5 figures. Nothing to the right of the decimal is a figure. It is only a percentage of a figure.

    Maths.. I’m so old, I remember when they used to teach ’em.

  14. “7 figures is NOT a million-dollar donation. Do not put Rodgers in the Donald category for charity”

    Hmm, maybe counting figures is not your strong suit. That’s exactly what 7 figures means. A million or more.

  15. mark0226 says:
    June 11, 2019 at 3:19 pm
    While this is a great gesture, I’m not sure why the NCAA needs donations to keep afloat when they don’t pay the talent that brings in so much revenue. Where does the money go that requires them to seek donations from alumni?
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    Read the post, genius. The money helps create a scholarship for a junior college player to go to Cal.

  16. Don’t you just love how our fellow Packers fans can stay delusional all the time? It’s just one benefit of living with tunnel vision. And wearing blinders.

  17. Why doesn’t Aaron invest in Wisconsin?

    Maybe he doesn’t like it here.

  18. Aaron should make a donation to our GB welfare system. Then everyone around here could share in it.

  19. This is a very generous gesture that echoes the path Aaron himself took through college to the pros.
    But, I’d like to add that it pales in comparison to the time and money Aaron has invested over the years in the MACC fund to battle and add comfort to young kids battling various childhood cancers.
    He is without a doubt, one of the most giving and caring athletes in the Midwest.

    Just a footnote or two: Seven figures is indeed, at least one million dollars.

    And for those griping about the NCAA not playing athletes, factor in what tuition, room and board, as well as tutors and per diem meals go for in any given semester.
    And that doesn’t even factor in all of the exposure college athletes get for participating.

    Now, I realize we are talking about a small percentage of full ride athletes here, but seriously, how many college athletes really move the needle on a Saturday afternoon.
    Most don’t go on to a professional sports career and it’s up to them to take advantage of what the machine is offering them.

  20. “7 figures is NOT a million-dollar donation. Do not put Rodgers in the Donald category for charity.”

    The inaccuracy of this statement has been commented on numerous times on this post. I couldn’t help but notice that there were some that actually gave a thumbs up to it. I hope that maybe they were in agreeance with the Donald part of the statement and not the other!?!?!

  21. Can’t fault him for making a donation, but I would be more impressed if the donation was for an academic program rather than for a renovated locker room for football players.

  22. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    June 11, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    Why doesn’t Aaron invest in Wisconsin?

    Maybe he doesn’t like it here.
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    He is part owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.

  23. It’s sad that certain people are so miserable in life that they have to find something negative to say about anything. Even something as kind as paying for a kid to go to school gets ridiculed by these pathetic individuals.

  24. I couldn’t help but notice that there were some that actually gave a thumbs up to it. I hope that maybe they were in agreeance with the Donald part of the statement and not the other!?!?!
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    Those are Viking fans who go through and thumbs up anything even slightly negative towards the Packers. They don’t have much else.

  25. gtodriver says:
    June 11, 2019 at 7:06 pm
    Milwaukee is a suburb of Chicago.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I like to think so too………..the best one.

  26. beedubyatoo says:
    Read the post, genius. The money helps create a scholarship for a junior college player to go to Cal.
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    OK, Genius! Like I said, the school already makes millions of dollars off the free labor by giving scholarships to athletes (from HS and Jr College). With your thinking skills, I’m guessing you were a lineman.

  27. It’s HIS money. Don’t be telling him how to be philanthropic until you, yourself, at the very minimum, tithe. Look it up if you are boggled.

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