12. He almost quit football to become a lawyer
Looking back on it now, it’s hard to believe there was a time when football teams didn’t want Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback. Despite breaking every school record at Pleasant Valley High School, Rodgers didn’t receive a single scholarship offer from a Division I football program. In a 2011 interview with ESPN, Rodgers said (at that time) he seriously considered quitting football to study for law school. Instead of giving up, Rodgers used the rejection as motivation. He saved every rejection letter he received from schools, and still has them to this day. Tacked to the wall of the walk-in closet in his Green Bay home are two rejection letters, one from Illinois, the other from Purdue.