State assembly passes resolution naming 12/12/12 'Aaron Rodgers Day'
Jay Sorgi and the Associated Press
Aaron Rodgers. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MADISON - The state Assembly has passed a resolution to name a day after Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, following an effort spawned through Facebook by a woman from Stevens Point.
The chamber voted unanimously Tuesday to support the bipartisan proposal designating Dec. 12, 2012, as Aaron Rodgers Day.
Rodgers, who wears No. 12, led the Packers to a Super Bowl victory last year and helped them to a 15-1 regular season record this past season, earning the National Football League Most Valuable Player award.
18 state representatives and 10 state senators from both parties introduced the legislation.
A campaign for the day began last December through the efforts of a woman from Stevens Point.
Jennifer Brilowski, who's from Stevens Point, launched a Facebook Page called "Let's Make 12/12/12 Aaron Rodgers Day."
Still, she says that she never reached a legislator to turn it into a government resolution.
"I contacted no one," said Brilowski during Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" on Tuesday.
"I'm clueless, actually. I'm going to explore that today to find out how that actually happened."
The idea came from the movie Spinal Tap, where the main character had a famous line about his amplifier that "goes to 11."
"On 11/11/11, a lot of people were joking around on Facebook about having Nigel Tufnall Day, and I said 12/12/12/ should be Aaron Rodgers Day," explained Brilowski.
"It took on a life of its own."
Her page already has thousands of "likes," with many from all over the world.
"It's very international. We've got people in Europe, people in South America. The love for our team has no bounds, that's for sure."
Brilowski also told us that some places have signed up to mark the day in person as well.
"A couple of bars have already said they'd put it on their calendar. They're already planning their own events. I figured this year would be a practice run."
What's on the page? Lots of stories about Rodgers, along with stuff for the ladies.
"I found that lots of the women enjoyed looking at him, so I've added some pictures and tried to add some 'eye candy' as well," admitted Brilowski.
"I tried to balance it with stuff about Aaron as a man. Aside from being an outstanding quarterback, he's an exceptional human being."
She's building a charity effort with the page that has already raised cash for one of Rodgers' favorite charities, the MACC Fund.
"I said, 'OK, this is going to be big. How are we going to make a difference with it?' After learning more about Aaron Rodgers through the page, I've decided to set up a fundraising page for the MACC Fund, and I'll be doing that over the weekend, so we can raise some money (to fight) childhood cancer."