Sports rivalries can get vicious, but with the right people and in the right circumstances, these feuds can be laid to rest. Or can they? NASCAR driver Danica Patrick is testing that theory by dating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and she's getting some interesting results.
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You see, the Patrick family are lifelong Chicago Bears fans, but the Packers and the Bears have the longest-running rivalry in the NFL, which means that when the time came for Rodgers to meet the family, interesting things began happening. Patrick's father, TJ, told Autoweek, "I'm still a Bears fan. I'm always going to be a Bears fan. I can't be a Packers fan. Danica is still a Bears fan, but that doesn't mean she can't be an Aaron Rodgers fan."
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He also said that when Patrick first brought Rogers home to meet the family, TJ planned to wear a Bears jersey but then couldn't find it. Rodgers had a good sense of humor about it. TJ said of Rodgers: "He walked in and asked, 'Where is your jersey?' I told him I couldn't find it. He said, 'I would respect you a lot more if you had it on.'" He added, "He's good about it. He knows. He is very intelligent and still has a sense a humor."
Rumors began swirling in late 2017 that Patrick and Rodgers were dating. Patrick confirmed their relationship to the Associated Press in January. She said the two met back in 2012 at the ESPYs and remained friendly.