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Cheese Curds, 5/16: On Aaron Rodgers’ love of Wisconsin & eating habits

We learned the real reason why the two-time MVP gave up dairy a while back.

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Aaron Rodgers has been spotted supporting teams across the state of Wisconsin in recent offseasons, showing his face in support of the Milwaukee Bucks and Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball teams in particular. This week we’re learning that this is more than just pandering to a shared fan base — at least that’s what Rodgers said in an awards acceptance speech over the weekend.

Furthermore, if Rodgers were just doing it to pander to his fans, wouldn’t he have kept quiet about taking all the dairy out of his diet? Admittedly, I cracked some jokes about that when it came out, but we now know that he has a completely legitimate rationale for doing so (beyond just the initially-reported explanation of it helping him stay in shape).

Maybe Rodgers is just really good at keeping himself in the good graces of Green Bay Packers fans. But it certainly seems that it goes deeper than just putting on a nice face. Check out these items and much more in today’s Cheese Curds.

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In another edition of the best photos of the year, we see a couple of really interesting photos from a tunnel entrance and after a fresh snowfall at Lambeau Field.

On Wisconsin: For Aaron Rodgers, 'home' is no longer California - ESPN
Call it marketing strategy or whatever you want, but it seems to me that Aaron Rodgers' love of Wisconsin is genuine and has grown out of an appreciation for the people in the state. Will he live in the state after he retires? Probably not, but I'd bet on him at least being a regular visitor.

Aaron Rodgers removed dairy products from his diet because of his ‘irritable bowels’ -
See, even Rodgers' elimination of dairy has a very legitimate reason - one that many people across the country and around the world share. If you send him any cheese as a gift, be sure to include a pack of Lactaid tablets.

5 things to know about Packers rookie CB Kevin King | Packers Wire
It's easy to forget that King played safety at Washington as well as playing in the slot.

Panthers DE Peppers expected to crack starting lineup | PFF
It should be no surprise that Peppers' snap counts have dropped each year with the Packers, but he could be in line for a bit of an increase now that he'll be back with his hand on the ground in a 4-3 defense.

Beth Mowins will become 1st woman to do play-by-play for a regular season NFL game since 1987 -
This is a good thing, because Mowins' work as a college football play-by-play announcer is very good. Also, don't get her confused with Pam Ward.