Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers Donates $1 Million to WildFire Victims, Packers Pledge $250K

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 2017
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 2017. Photo by Scott Taetsch/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9010037ah)

Ten days after wearing a Santa Monica Fire Department in support of the firefighters battling the ongoing wildfires in California, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers has pledged $1 million toward relief efforts for people affected by the fires.

The quarterback issued a statement before making the pledge, urging people to raise money for the affected.

“In Northern California, where I was born and raised, the city of Paradise burned to the ground, and many of the residents who go out are now displaced to my hometown of Chico and across the north state, Rodgers said in a video posted on twitter. “I personally reached out to my friends and the mayor of Chico to find out how to be of the most help. And raising money for both immediate needs and the long-term recovery is what is needed most right now.”

Packers Pledge $250K

Rodgers also confirmed the Packers will donate $250,000 toward the relief efforts while State Farm, a company affiliated to the quarterback, will donate $1 for every retweet.

Outside of football, MLB National League MVP Christian Yelich and teammates Mike Attanasio and Mike Moustakas started a campaign on Wednesday to help those affected. Dubbed “California Strong,” the campaign has raised a least $50,000 thanks to two-$25,000 donations by Yelich and teammate Ryan Braun.