Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is already known well by national TV audiences for more than just his prowess on the football field, as his "Discount Double Check" commercials for State Farm have made him even more of a household name. But Rodgers has his eye on bigger and better things, pop culture-wise: He's interested in hosting "Saturday Night Live."
Rodgers mentioned the possibility several times yesterday on ESPN radio in Milwaukee, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN. The reigning MVP said he met with a couple of SNL cast members over the weekend in Indianapolis, and he's been networking to get on the show.
"I'm hopeful that we can figure something out there," Rodgers said.
Rodgers, 28, was the Packers' first-round draft pick in 2005. He took over the starting job in 2008 with the retirement of Brett Favre, and he vaulted quickly into the national spotlight by winning the Super Bowl last winter and league MVP honors just last week. Crossing over from "star athlete" to pure "star," however, may be the hard part, and hosting SNL would be a huge step in that direction. As Seifert notes, past athletes to host the NBC variety show include crossover stars like Fran Tarkenton, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Nancy Kerrigan and Walter Payton.