Stateline, Nev. – Aaron Rodgers was greeted by a CBS film crew and interviewer Scott Pelley following his round at the American Century Championship Saturday. The network is planning an in-depth interview with the star quarterback for the popular 60 Minutes news program this fall.
They will add a lengthy interview at a local high school before leaving the Tahoe area and they will visit Green Bay within the next few weeks.
“We usually do two or three big sports celebrities a year,” said Pelley, CBS Evening News managing editor, who is equally comfortable talking sports or world news. “Aaron’s story is just fascinating to us, because this is the guy that nobody wanted. He couldn’t get into a Division I football program. Then he goes late in the NFL draft at 24th. Then he has to play under Favre for three years.
“Now he’s become one of the greatest players of all time, and by many measures, he’s the best passer of all time. That’s got to be a story for 60 Minutes.”
The show will air in the middle of the football season, probably in October or November when the network has a great football doubleheader Sunday as a lead-in.
“For a guy who has done so much so quickly, he’s a fairly humble guy,” said Pelley. “He talks about the team and how it’s really not about him. He’s a terrific leader. But part about being a great leader is to not make it all about you.”
By Craig Smith, former director of media relations for the U.S. Golf Association.