Aaron Rodgers makes seven-figure donation to Cal

  • By Logan Reardon NFL.com
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Despite only playing two years at the University of California, Berkeley, Aaron Rodgers will leave a lasting legacy.

Rodgers made a seven-figure donation to the Cal football program that will be used to renovate the locker room and create the Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship, the school announced Tuesday.

"I'm pleased and proud to make this gift to support Cal football," Rodgers said. "My years at Cal were among the best years of my life. My time in Berkeley created lasting, unforgettable memories. Coach Wilcox was on the coaching staff when I was a Bear, and I am excited about the team's direction with Justin pointing the way. He is a tremendous football coach and an even better role model for his players. I hope that my contribution can help him move this program forward."

The locker room -- renamed the Aaron Rodgers Team Locker Room -- will be renovated this summer so it is ready for the 2019 season. The scholarship will be reserved for junior college transfers moving to Division I, as Rodgers did when he transferred to Cal from Butte College.

"Aaron Rodgers is one of the most exceptional players in the history of our football program and among the most recognizable names in the world," Cal Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said. "We are tremendously proud of Aaron and grateful that he is providing this level of support to our football program, and we believe it will inspire others, as well. His generosity allows us to greatly enhance our student-athlete experience and provide a scholarship to a deserving junior college transfer."

Rodgers ranks in the top 10 in program history in career passing yards, passing touchdowns and total touchdowns. He also led the Golden Bears to a No. 9 national ranking at the end of his final season (2004).

Now, Rodgers will be remembered just as much off the field in Berkeley as he is on it.