Big thanks to Cheesehead TV reader Packsmack for forwarding this link to a collection of photos that perfectly illustrate Aaron Rodgers' off-beat sense of humor. Those of you who have read Life After Favre will instantly recognize what they are. Those of you haven't, well, shame on you. Luckily, author Phil Hanrahan was kind enough to share the relevant text with me for this post.
To nobody’s surprise, Rodgers has also carried on a goofball tradition started by former Packers backup quarterbacks Doug Pederson and Craig Nall. Prior to every game, the Packers photograph that week’s team captains on the sidelines. Copies go to these players and another copy hangs outside the head coach’s office. Pederson and Nall made a habit of wandering into frame so they could appear in the background. Like Forrest Gump or Woody Allen’s Leonard Zelig, they were always in the shot. Rodgers loves this kind of nuttiness, so he decided to take it up a notch. In 2006, he mimed a different facial expression or gesture in each week’s photo; in one of them, he stares skyward, pointing at something overhead. In 2007, he worked variations on a theme, appearing in each week’s photo doing something with two fingers, like pretending to hold a cigarette or seeming to secure an earpiece as if he’s a security guard. Once his teammates caught on, that was often their first question to him after a game: Dude, did you make the captains’ photo?