"Check it out, guys," said Rodgers, as his teammates gathered around. "My mom got it for me. It's an official NFL ball. The same size and everything used in the NFL. But it's my very own."
Green Bay backup quarterback Graham Harrell said the football was "awesome" and that it made the junior Nerf football he had received from his parents "look lame."
Rodgers said he didn't even ask for the football or put it on his Christmas list, but it turned out to be his favorite gift.
"My mom knows how much I like football," said Rodgers. "I've played on a team for a lot of years now. I guess she just assumed I'd like a real, official ball. And she was right. I love it!"
The quarterback's mom, Sandra Rodgers, said her son's face lit up as soon as he opened tore of the wrapping paper covering the ball Christmas morning.
"He still had half of his presents to open, but he took it out of the box and immediately ran outside to throw it up in the air to himself," said Mrs. Rodgers. "He said, 'Thanks so much, mom! I love football!' It really made me happy to get him a gift he loved."
After Rodgers and his teammates threw the ball around at the team's facility on Wednesday morning, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy eventually had to ask the quarterback to put his football away so the team could start practice.
He went on to be a star quarterback and the kid on the left is now a star murderer.
Who cares what shape their state is? This is sports, not geography, you nerd.
I can see that. But you'd think someone who looks like McCarthy would be more hip to the trends.
Fact: No quarterback has ever won a Super Bowl after partying with DJ Pauly D.
So did all the teams who passed over him in the draft.
Little Thomas Riley, age 5, was one checkout aisle away from Rodgers with his mother when the quarterback paid and left.
"Sure, Mr. Big Shot has enough money to buy groceries all brand names, I might add," said Thomas' mother, Cindy, "but can't give any money to my son. Who knows what Thomas will die from? He needs help."
"I don't want to die," said Thomas, overhearing his mother. "Am I dying, Mommy? I feel good. I don't want to die."
"Yes, honey," said his mother. "You're dying. And Aaron Rodgers doesn't care."
With Thomas now in tears, sadness filling what could be his final days, Rodgers was long gone and on the way to his nearby mansion.