UPDATE: State Assembly names 12-12-12 Aaron Rodgers day

(WEAU) – The state Assembly passed a resolution to make 12-12-12 Aaron Rodgers Day.

But with so many serious issues facing the state, some say this legislation feels "out of bounds."

Aaron Rodgers was voted Most Valuable Player of the 2011 season and now it’s up to the senate to determine if 12-12-12 is Aaron Rodgers Day.

“Well I guess it's kind of a surprise for me, but I guess maybe he could deserve it but I think our state legislature has more to do,” said Owner of The Welcome Matt, Rick Brantner.

The Green Bay Packer has been actively involved with the charitable organization Midwest Athletes Against Cancer.

However while people are happy for Rodgers, they share the same concern that the legislature has other things to worry about.

"I do think this is a nice thing, it’s certainly not what should be priority. We do get some criticism in the legislature that we do a lot of these silly types of things, said Democrat Chris Danou of the 91st Assembly District.

"If the assembly can come together and be bipartisan and focus their efforts and energy on this, they should be able to also do that for things like public education," said Democrat Kristen Dexter, candidate for the 23rd District.

The people of Wisconsin agree that Aaron Rodgers is an icon for the Green Bay Packers and feel he deserves the praise for his hard work and dedication to Wisconsin.

"The Green Bay Packers bring a lot to the economy in the state of Wisconsin and Green Bay so look at it that way, it's a plus plus,” said Republican Kathleen Bernier of the 68th Assembly District.

"I think it's great, sure. He does a lot for the state of Wisconsin so why shouldn't we have something done for him," said Packers fan Verne Schellfeffer.

Whether you're a fan or not, the quarterback only has to wait on word from the senate if 12-12-12 is his day in Wisconsin.


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  • by nick Location: menomonie on Feb 22, 2012 at 05:14 PM
    Oh my god are all of you serious right now (oh sorry for saying god that will give you something else to whine about). I bet this took no time at all to pass through the senate, so theres no reason to get all bent out of shape. Most people who complain about this stuff think there so politically smart and know whats best for wisconsin. On the other hand you barely know many political facts and are probably missing out on other big problems our state faces. But take your time and cry about Rodgers day i know you have nothing better to do.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 04:31 PM
    What a waste of time and money. Makes those that left the state for standing up for the working people look pretty good!!!
  • by Tommy Location: Chetek on Feb 22, 2012 at 04:29 PM
    Rodgers is a God. Jesus has his day, Rodgers can have one too!
  • by coffeeNOTtea on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM
    The response from Rep. Bob Ziegelbaur..."Very little time or money was consumed in doing this."...just what I'd like to be able to tell my employer when goofing off on company time!
  • by Bb on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM
    come on people lighten up!!! 12 -12 -12 why not be Aaron Rodgers day.....have a little fun. everything doesnt have to be so serious....geesh..
  • by Not a Rodgers fan Location: Eau Claire on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:36 AM
    "The people of Wisconsin feel...."?????????? I'm a people of Wisconsin, and they never asked me.
  • by Viking Fan Location: Hayward on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM
    Seriously? Are you kidding? He had an excellent year this year, even though he didn't make it to the Big Game, and you want to honor him with his own day? Seems to me you had a great quarterback for years in Brett Favre and he didn't get a special day. And seriously, he is a sports figure. I can't afford to go to football games as they are too expensive, but you have somebody who makes more for one game that I make in who knows how many days working full time and you want to 'honor' him? He is good but come one, don't you lawmakers have something better to do? Give him a road in Green Bay, that's good enough for any player. Sports figures are just that - sports figues, not heroes, and many, many sports figures donate their time/money to many worthwhile causes... why aren't they honored then? This would be ridiculous for any player, no matter what team or what sport.
  • by coffeeNOTtea on Feb 22, 2012 at 09:08 AM
    "Don't worry - this bill will make it all the way just to be beaten in the end."...Beaten? ...it's ALREADY done! I email every legislator with the follwing... I feel the need to voice my opinion about this. I am thoroughly disgusted after reading an article like this. Professional sports has no place in politics, regardless of how much revenue a private corporation brings into the state. Aaron Rodgers is a PRIVATE employee of a corporation, and no time or taxpayer money should ever be wasted by any government agency/employee expressing their joy for the success of a private employee at the expense of the public! I see this over and over again, legislation creating lighted statues around Madison commemorating some personal idol/hero of a few members that we the taxpayers have to pay for while we are losing our homes and living in squalor! You are HIRED to represent the people of this state for bettering their lives, NOT to express by way of legislation who your favorite entertainer of the year is! This needs to stop!
  • by David Location: Eau Claire on Feb 22, 2012 at 08:34 AM
    Don't worry - this bill will make it all the way just to be beaten in the end.
  • by coffeeNOTtea on Feb 22, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    Next we'll be paying for a lighted statue commemorating his contribution to entertainment! UNBELIEVABLE!
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