Jodie Foster Explains Why Aaron Rodgers Thanked Her During His NFL MVP Speech


When Aaron Rodgers made his acceptance speech after being awarded the NFL’s MVP award at the beginning of the month, it was his revelation that he’s engaged that got all of the media attention. But in addition to thanking his mysterious, unnamed fiancé, the quarterback also inexplicably gave a shoutout to Jodie Foster. And now the actress is finally explaining what her special connection is to the football player.

During the speech, Rodgers said, “Off the field, I’ve got a great group of people that support me, so I’d like to thank my team off the field,” going on to name “my fiancée” and Foster before urging “people to read books, to meditate, speak things to life, manifest the desires of your heart, question everything and spread love and positivity.” On Thursday, Foster appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote her new film The Mauritanian in which she stars alongside Rodgers’s rumored fiancée Shailene Woodley—a couple who, at this point, multiple anonymous sources have confirmed have “a very intense connection” and “can’t wait to get married.” Kimmel asked Foster about the moment the NFL star called her out during the interview, to which she coyly replied, “I’m a big Packers fan.” She added, “You see, he said ‘my team,’ even though he said ‘off the field.’ That makes me a Green Bay Packer. People keep saying to me, ‘No, Jodie, that does not mean you’re part of the team.’ But it does mean I’m part of the team.” 

But Kimmel was unsatisfied with that answer, continuing to press her on the topic, asking directly, “Do you know Aaron Rodgers?” Foster replied emphatically “No!” But the late night host insisted, “You had no idea he was going to say this?” She once again elusively answered, “He just knows I’m his biggest fan.” Kimmel then went on to point out that Rodgers “mentions his fiancée, who is Shailene Woodley, who is your co-star in this particular movie. And that’s just a total coincidence?” The actress cooly replied, “I don’t know if that’s a coincidence, but yes, she is, and she’s fantastic. So we spent a lot of time on The Mauritanian together in a little tent with a little air-conditioning spitting at us, talking about our lives, and recipes, and people we hate, and things like that.” Kimmel added, “And the Green Bay Packers.” Foster responded, “And the Green Bay Packers somehow came up!”

But regardless of the real reason why she got a name drop from her favorite football team’s quarterback, the actress does plan to return the favor. When asked if she’d thank Rodgers should The Mauritanian win a Golden Globe, she said, “Absolutely. I may have to name the whole team. [Packers wide receiver] Davante Adams has to be in there somewhere.”

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