Many athletes venture into acting when they retire, seeking that Hollywood glitz and glamour as if they didn’t receive it during their playing careers.
Famously, O.J. Simpson had a pretty good acting career starring in “The Naked Gun” franchise and also a bit of a role in the blockbuster “The Towering Inferno,” but it was cut short when he was accused of double homicide in the infamous Trial of the Century.
But this current NFL star was all over the last “Game of Thrones” episode, “The Bells,” and not only was he killed; you might have missed him altogether.
Remember when All-Pro Hall of Famer, Howie Long, took his shot at becoming a movie star in the 1990s after he retired?
Long co-starred in “Broken Arrow” – starring John Travolta and Christian Slater, which was his first big role. But then Hollywood thought he was ready to take on a starring role two years later in 1998 with “Firestorm,” which was a critical and box-office nightmare; effectively killing his movie star career.
LeBron James co-starred in the smash hit R-rated romantic comedy, “Trainwreck,” but it was obvious that “The King” needed extensive acting lessons before he gave it another shot.
James’ former teammate, Kyrie Irving, starred in the moderately successful “Uncle Drew” – based off the character he created during his early NBA career where he dressed up as an old man and schooled people in public parks. “Uncle Drew” also stars Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber and Reggie Miller.
Rodgers is the second soldier in this picture:
The “Game of Thrones” writers and producers also gave him an epic death scene.
Aaron Rodgers cameo last night in Game of Thrones
He had a good run pic.twitter.com/VWJ76YTHyJ
— Jac Collinsworth (@JacCollinsworth) May 13, 2019
Now, the way these things work is that it’s not like the producers/writers sought out Rodgers to play a cameo role; it’s Rodgers that reached out to them asking if he could be in it – likely because he’s a big fan of the show.
When Nashville radio personality Sam Alex interviewed Aaron Rodgers at a party before the Kentucky Derby, he thought Rodgers was just joking around. “We gotta get you into a TV show or movie,” Alex told the Packers QB. “Is that gonna happen?” Rodgers thought a moment and said, “Episode five, Game of Thrones,” before running away.
— Sam Alex (@SamAlexRadio) May 10, 2019
As it turns out, he wasn’t lying.
Rodgers is no stranger to the Hollywood lifestyle. The All-Pro future Hall of Famer dated actress Olivia Munn for years before breaking up and moving on to now-girlfriend and recently retired NASCAR driver Danica Patrick.
Munn is known for “Office Christmas Party,” “The Newsroom,” “The Predator” and more famously playing Psylocke in “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Aaron Rodgers frequently visited the latter’s movie set and posted pictures on Instagram of him attempting to use a sword as skillfully as Munn could. Hint: he wasn’t any good.
But is there a future for Rodgers in acting? His sense of humor is too dry so that’s probably not the case.