She told the AP the two first met at the 2012 ESPY Awards and that despite her allegiance to the Bears, "I told him a long time ago I'd always root for him as a player.
"Now I am probably going to cheer for the whole team," she added. "Take out the word `probably.' Now I'm going to cheer for the whole team."
Patrick is shifting her career off the race track and into the business of her personal brand. She'd like to close her racing career by competing at next month's Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, a farewell she's dubbed "The Danica Double."