As Amy Poehler would say on Saturday Night Live…really??!! In Wisconsin, there are only two other people more popular than Aaron Rodgers – Jesus and Abraham Lincoln. According to a poll by Public Policy Polling, 89 percent thought favorably of the Green Bay Packers quarterback. Lincoln garnered 91 percent of the popularity vote and Jesus rounded out the top three with 90 percent. Aaron Rodgers is as popular as Jesus?
The original poll of Rodgers’ popularity was done weeks ago, but PPP wanted to know who would top him, thus the national poll done last weekend to find out what worldwide figures appealed to the masses more than Rodgers. As we’ve already pointed out, Abraham Lincoln and Jesus are more popular than Rodgers, but who did Rodgers surpass in terms of popularity? You’d be surprised. George Washington (86 percent), Mother Theresa (83), Martin Luther King Jr. (74), Santa Claus (67), Gandhi (64), Nelson Mandela (64) and Steve Jobs (62).
Ryan Weyls, a writer for OC Weekly and Village Voice, says the results really are not a surprise. Of athletes, he said:
“They represent our aspirations. We Americans love our underdogs. What else is a 25-year-old guy from a working class background who becomes an NFL quarterback? He’s Rocky Balboa in the flesh.”
He went on to add:
“The public isn’t responding to Rodgers the individual as much as his skills as a quarterback, which will eventually fade. It takes a hugely influential figure, a Lincoln or a Jesus, to stay resonant for hundreds or thousands of years. Athletes leave the public imagination once they fade out or retire.”
Meanwhile, Rodgers’ popularity certainly has soared even more in Wisconsin, as the Packers go 10-0 after today’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Thoughts on the matter? C’mon, I know you want to weigh in on these findings, so let your voices be heard in the comments section below!
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