Jan 5, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) prepares to throw the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers—Super Scout?


Jan 18, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (center) watches before the game between the Kansas Jayhawks and Oklahoma State Cowboys at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers apparently moonlights as a scout.

According to a report from Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports, Rodgers apparently looked at a 6-foot-9, 260-pound forward Tarik Black of the Kansas Jayhawks and saw a tight end.

So the story goes, Rodgers bumped into Kansas coach Bill Self at an airport. That led to him being invited to Lawrence in January to speak to the Jayhawks. That led to him meeting Black, who told him the Packers were his favorite team.

That led to Rodgers wanting to throw some passes to Black, a player described in the Kansas basketball media guide as a “bruising forward.” In 33 games last season for the Jayhawks, Black—who transferred from Memphis for his final year of eligibility—averaged 13.5 minutes a game, scoring 5.5 points … and averaging 2.8 fouls.

Feb 4, 2014; Waco, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks forward Tarik Black (25) during the game against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center. The Jayhawks defeated the Bears 69-52. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“Bruising,” indeed.

The upshot of the tale is that Black, prodded by his roommate, finally used the cell phone number Rodgers left him.

Black has since been in contact with an actual scout from the Packers and his agent, Chad Wiestling, told Yahoo that three NFL teams have shown interest.

Given the success of basketball players-turned-tight ends Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas, it makes sense, but Black has never played football.

Not in high school, not in junior high. A little bit on the playgrounds perhaps, but never in pads.

Moral of the story appears to be that when quarterbacks say they like big targets, they really aren’t kidding around.

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  • Buckywunder

    Fascinating. Wonder if he gets signed as a street FA and comes to camp…

    • Phil Watson

      My guess would be he’d get a standard deal for an undrafted FA and come to rookie camp and see what he can do, but I agree that it’s quite an intriguing possibility.