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Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers a Gobbler favorite and whips Santa

November 24, 2011 |  9:49 am

Aaron Rodgers, more popular than Santa but not Jesus
As the Green Bay Packers take on Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving morning, it's good to note that only Abraham Lincoln and Jesus Christ beat out Aaron Rodgers in a favorability poll.

Not even George Washington, Mother Theresa, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. or Santa Claus himself scored higher than the Packers quarterback in the poll, conducted earlier this month by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-affiliated polling firm.

In addition to nearly acing those ratings, Rodgers is a 4-to-1 favorite to win this year's Galloping Gobbler Award as Thursday's MVP.

Says the Detroit Free Press:

Only one Lion has won the Gobbler -- one of those cute made-for-TV awards they give out on Thanksgiving -- in its nine-year history: Dré Bly in 2003, after intercepting Brett Favre twice in a 22-14 win over Green Bay.

Rodgers is seen in a positive light, but a surprising number of Americans aren't too crazy about Santa. 

With Christmas just around the corner, 13% of Americans said they had a negative opinion of the fat bearded one.


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Photo: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers warms up by tossing a football before the Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions. Credit: Duane Burleson / Associated Press