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NY Jets’ Aaron Rodgers details Game of Thrones experience

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New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers details his experience on HBO’s Game of Thrones

Winter is coming.

While it’s not here yet, it will be soon enough, as this week marks the start of the NFL regular season. New York Jets fans are about to get their first chance to see their new quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, in a game that counts.

But before facing the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football, the 39-year-old took a trip down memory lane at The Exchange – a New York Jets podcast hosted by former Jets Nick Mangold and Mark Sanchez.

While the trio discussed plenty of interesting things like the mechanics of playing quarterback, it’s Rodgers’ Game of Thrones story that was arguably the highlight of the episode.

Rodgers is a well-known fan of the show (except for its last season), and he appeared in an episode, but it didn’t quite go as expected.

“I was in London for a few days then went to Belfast, where they were shooting,” started Rodgers. “Got there early, got my garb. There was like 400 extras. If you know the show, it was the second-to-last episode. I’m a penultimate episode kind of guy, from my time on The Office … but there was one small issue.”

As it turned out, Rodgers didn’t get the GoT cameo that he was hoping for.

“They put us in the garb of townspeople,” explained the Jets quarterback. “Arya is running through King’s Landing trying to get out of the city, as the Mother of Dragons is scorching. Me and this other guy are kind of helping people move bodies and there’s crazy blood and makeup and disfigurement everywhere. There’s multiple times where I’m in the shot.

“One small issue. The other guy from America who was there, was a friend of one of the writers and he wouldn’t wear his hat. You’re supposed to wear this red hat, King’s Landing hat. So, he had a lot of gel in his hair. I think that might have cut out both of us from the shot, from not wearing the hat. I can’t confirm or deny that. But there was multiple times we were in the shot.”

While Rodgers didn’t get to live out his Game of Thrones fantasy, he managed to enjoy the experience. There was one thing that didn’t sit well with him, however.

“The only thing that I took a lot of offense about,” said Rodgers. “There was people saying I was that guy running around whose leg was flailing out to the side – a super unathletic person. I said, ‘Listen I might not be as athletic as I used to be, but don’t call me that guy’.”

If all goes right, Rodgers and the Jets are hoping they make their own cameo in the Super Bowl this year.

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