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'Something that’s always been part of me': Aaron Rodgers shows appreciation for the military

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Posted at 4:10 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 17:10:21-05

GREEN BAY -- Aaron Rodgers may be known for his incredible talent on the football field, but he also has a talent for showing appreciation to "something much bigger than yourself."

In a Players' Tribune article, the star QB takes readers on a journey of his appreciation and history with men and women who have served in the United States armed forces.

"I’ve always had an appreciation for the men and women who serve in our military. My grandfather, Edward Rodgers, was active duty in the Air Force in the Second World War. His plane was shot down and he was a prisoner of war for nine months," Rodgers said.

"He passed away in 1996. I had just turned 13, so I never really got a chance to spend time with him on an intellectual level...But from what I know, I think that in his opinion, serving was one of the greatest achievements of his life," he added.

Rodgers went on about how this experience excited him for an opportunity to golf with the Wounder Warriors.

He watched these soldiers, some without a leg, some without arms or even an eye, overcome these disabilities by hitting the golf ball.

"What really struck me was the joy that these men and women took in getting back to doing something they had loved to do before they were in the service — before their injuries," he said.

As for other ways to help these veterans, who are struggling to fit into society, struggling to find jobs and dealing with PTSD, "I don’t think there’s any limit to what we can and should do."