Monday night’s episode of The Bachelorette will feature an emotional conversation between JoJo Fletcher and her current fave, former pro football player Jordan Rodgers. According to a preview posted by People, that chat will focus on cheating allegations in one of Rodgers’ last relationships. The Bachelorette hasn’t told viewers much about Rodgers’ background, other than he’s a former star quarterback from Vanderbilt and the brother of two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers. But a quick scan of some biographical information reveals there’s some interesting facts about Rodgers, who may just end up getting the final rose from Fletcher.
He Was Signed To The Same Football Team That Once Cut Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Rodgers announced his retirement from football last year when he said he would not attend the B.C. Lions training camp. As TSN reported in May, 2015, Rodgers joined the roster of the Canadian Football League team in October, 2014, after cycling through three different NFL teams: the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Miami Dolphins, between 2013 and 2014.
But if Rodgers is bothered by the fact that his football career, once so promising, came to an abrupt end in Vancouver, he can take comfort in the megastar who was once in his shoes. As the Inquisitr reported previously, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was cut by the B.C. Lions back in 1995, bringing his athletic hopes to a swift conclusion and, according to the actor, sending him into a state of depression. The coach who fired Johnson, Wally Buono, was the Lions’ general manager during Rodgers’ short stay.
He Was An Honor Roll Student At Vanderbilt
Rodgers was a quarterback at Vanderbilt, but kept up with his classes. According to his school bio, he was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three years in a row: 2010, 2011, and 2012. He got his degree in Human and Organizational Development in December, 2012.
He May Have Retired From Football To Get Into Television
When Rodgers left the B.C. Lions, head coach Jeff Tedford told The Province that the Vanderbilt star was ready to move on from football. Other opportunities were starting to present themselves, and Rodgers was taking notice.
“In the offseason he had some chances to do some auditions and it worked out pretty well for him. His heart was kind of going in that direction. I admire him. It’s hard to say, at 26, that you’re finished with football, as much as he loves it. He understood that, if he’s not 100 per cent into this, he should be into something else.”
Rodgers had a lot to live up to; his older brother Aaron Rodgers was not only a two-time MVP, but also led the Green Bay Packers to the Super Bowl.
His Ex-Girlfriend Slammed Him On Social Media When ‘The Bachelorette’ Debuted
Bachelorette viewers will presumably learn more Monday night about how JoJo Fletcher got wind of those cheating rumors. But as the New York Post reported in May, Rodgers’ ex-girlfriend used Instagram to have her say when the football player got out of the limo to start courting the Bachelorette. Brittany Farrar wrote a scathing caption with several hashtags, including “#alwayswantedtobefamous.”
“Riding the bench doesn’t get in the way of a relationship, but cheating does.”
The Post quoted Rodgers’ on-air assessment of his breakup, saying he was too focused on football to maintain the relationship.
“I was in love, but I was so focused on football that I didn’t make time for anything else. When that relationship ended, it hurt really bad because it was my fault. The one woman I was in love with wasn’t in love with me anymore.”
He Could Bring JoJo Fletcher Into A Celebrity Circle
Aaron Rodgers is famously dating actress Olivia Munn. That alone, according to Sportsgrid, is reason for JoJo to pick Jordan. The two women could hang out and be “sister BFFs.”
The Bachelorette airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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