Aaron Rodgers picks his Final Four on the The Sidelines podcast

Aaron Rodgers may be a future Hall of Fame quarterback, but he has other interests when the season is over, and the one that fills his March is college basketball.

The Green Bay Packers superstar has become the highest-profile fan of the University of Wisconsin basketball team, in particular, so that was the main topic of conversation Thursday on “The Sidelines Podcast” with FS1 College Hoops insider Evan Daniels.

“It’s my love of the state, and I’ve done a lot of charity work with members of the school or the staff and gotten to know the players over the years,” Rodgers said of Wisconsin, which will meet Florida on Friday night in the Sweet 16. “Obviously, I still root for Cal, that’s where I went to college. If Butte College would ever make the tournament, I would root for them, but I root for all things Wisconsin now. I’ve been there 12 years, and love my state.”

Rodgers then gave his prediction for Friday’s game, talked about other athletes he admires –including Kobe Bryant, former Cal teammate Marshawn Lynch and Tom Brady — and discussed his own recruitment as a college athlete.

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So what’s his Final Four? Yes, he has the eighth-seeded Badgers, but he’s not picking them to win it all.

Wisconsin: “They have kind of that factor in the tournament.”

Arizona: “I had them in my bracket all the way to the championship game, and I’m going to stick with them.”

UCLA: “I’m a Pac-12 homer, so I’m going to go with UCLA getting out of there. I’m a fan of Steve Alford, and his son Bryce has had a fantastic year. … Lonzo Ball, and then they have the best midrange big man in the country (TJ Leaf).”

Kansas: “I’ve got Kansas winning the whole thing. I’m a big Bill Self fan, and I have been since the first time I met him.”

Rodgers may be a football player, but “The Sidelines” usually sticks to college hoops. Past guests have included some of the biggest names in the sport, and you can catch up on those podcasts here.

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