Aaron Rodgers’ usual encounter with Chicago Bears fans include trash talk, insults and profanity but that’s not the case with this unique encounter.
During the weekend of the Packers-Bears game in Solider Field in early November, Chicago Bears fans, Julia Nicoll and her 11-year-old son Peter, took the train out from Mount Prospect, Ill. to look at Chicago’s holiday decorations, but it wasn’t the light that brightened their mood.
It was the weekend of the Packers-Bears game at Soldier Field on Nov. 12. Julia and Peter were standing at a street light in downtown Chicago when Peter realized Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was waiting at the stoplight with them.
Julia told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that she didn’t believe Peter at first, but then she asked the Packers QB “are you…?” and he said “I am.”
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Rodgers, then introduced himself to Peter and said he was out enjoying the lights before dinner. He had a conversation with Peter about sports, and Peter apologized for being a Bears fan. Rodgers told Peter that he didn’t have anything to apologize for. Peter is a Chicago native and should root for his hometown Bears.
Some other fans began recognizing Rodgers, so Julia and her son Peter decided to say goodbye and continued walking. Surprisingly, then, Rodgers surprised Julia and Peter by catching up to them talking to them like old friends. Their amazing encounter with Rodgers continued down Michigan Avenue for another 15 to 20 minutes.
“He was asking me questions that most people would think, ‘Why would Aaron Rodgers care?’ It was so amazing. It was really something, I have to say. It still is.”
Here’s what makes the story even more amazing.
Once they officially ended their conversation with Rodgers and said their goodbyes, Julia and Peter went to Macy’s where they spotted a woman decked out in Green Bay Packers gear. They approached the woman and explained them what just happened to them, and the woman just patted Julia’s arm and said she was “Ty Montgomery’s mom.”
After that night, Julia has not been able to stop talking about meeting Aaron Rodgers. She shared a photo of Rodgers with Peter on Facebook to spread the word.
“I’m not bragging that I met him. That’s just pure luck. I’m sharing with the world what a fabulous human being Aaron Rodgers is,” Julia told the Press-Gazette.