First attracted to golf while in junior high, Aaron Rodgers’ 103. 2 QB rating was the NFL’s fourth-best during the 2009 season.
figuring this game out a little bit.”
Both Crosby and Rodgers picked up golf young.
Crosby got a job at a golf course near his home in
Georgetown, Texas, and with his job came free golf.
So he figured, why not try it?
“I was a cart boy at a golf course, and it seemed
like three or four of my buddies worked at other
courses,” Crosby says. “We could play for free or
Rodgers didn’t have a job at a golf course but
found other, more creative ways to play for
free near his home in the Northern
California town of Chico.
“I started in junior high when I’d go
with a friend of mine, and we’d wait to
go out after the starter left the starter’s
booth at like 6 p.m.,” explains Rodgers,
who is a member at Green Bay Country
Club, where his best round is even-par 72.
“We’d play as many holes as we could
But golf wasn’t always so kind to the
Pro Bowl quarterback.
“When I got into high school, a lot
of my friends were on the golf team, so
I tried out for the team,” Rodgers says.
“The only team I ever got cut from
was the golf team my sophomore year
of high school.”
These days, no one is turning
Rodgers away on the golf course.
He’s one of the marquee names in
the annual American Century
Celebrity Golf Championship in
Lake Tahoe, Nev., every July,
which is a who’s who of sports
and entertainment figures and is
aired nationally on NBC.
“That’s the best week of the summer,” says Rodgers. “For me, as a kid who was a huge sports fan growing up, to be able to rub shoulders with Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Elway, Dan
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