Score an assist for Aaron Rodgers in Badgers’ win over UNC

Aaron Rodgers has 226 career touchdown passes. On Thursday night, the Green Packers quarterback collected his first career assist.

In basketball. College basketball.

Like he did with the Milwaukee Brewers and friend / business partner Ryan Braun, Rodgers has adopted in-state Wisconsin as his college basketball team. So much so, that he and girlfriend / actress Olivia Munn were in attendance in Los Angeles when the Badgers took down North Carolina 79-72 in a Sweet 16 game at Staples Center.

The star of the game was Badgers junior forward Sam Dekker, who scored a career-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds. He also helped solidify the win by making a beautiful layup on a sweet low post move with just over a minute to play.

After the game, Rodgers was a happy man.

Also after the game, Dekker was interviewed by TBS’ Rachel Nichols and said that he was partially inspired by Rodgers.

“He was talking to me this morning, saying he wants a good show,” Dekker said. “He’s been so supportive all year. He’s really behind our backs and reaching out to me if I’m playing well or not playing well and just staying behind me as a good friend. When you have the MVP of the NFL doing that for you, it’s pretty cool.”

A closer look through Twitter, however, shows that Rodgers shows his “support” in some interesting ways. Sure, he believes in the Badgers — he tweeted last week he has them winning the whole tournament.

But check out the little challenge the two-time NFL MVP handed Dekker after Wisconsin beat Oregon in the Round of 32 on Saturday.

This isn’t the first time Rodgers has rolled with the Badgers at the Sweet 16.

One year ago Friday, Wisconsin beat Baylor in Anaheim, Calif., to advance to the West Regional final. When the game was over, Rodgers was there to celebrate in the locker room, dance and even break the huddle.

The look on Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan’s face back in March of last year says ‘Holy cow! What’s Aaron Rodgers doing here?!?!’ Turns out this would become a long-term relationship.

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