Green Bay Press-Gazette
Published 11:49 AM EDT Oct 5, 2018
If you’ve wondered what life is like in Green Bay for Danica Patrick since she started dating Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers — and let’s be honest, who hasn’t? — she offers a glimpse in an interview with ESPN.
The retired race car driver told NASCAR writer Bob Pockrass that she’s settled into a routine since the Green Bay Packers season has started.
“I have my routine in Green Bay and my friends at the gym and the time that I go,” she said in the interview, published this week. “I actually broke it today (Sept. 24). I slept in with (Rodgers), because they had a game yesterday (against the Washington Redskins) so they don’t have to start until a little later on Monday, so I actually slept until 8:30, which is really saying something for me.”
She admits she’s not very good at sitting around. Spending an entire day on the couch binge watching the first season of “The Sinner” was a first for her.
“For me, when I’m home, I turn music on. I watch a little bit of news in the morning. I go to the gym every morning, come back, have lunch, have something to eat,” she said. “I have grocery store runs, shipping things, signing things, calls, meetings, interviews … I’ll go out and walk the dogs for an hour or two. And I’ll make dinner and cook. Days go by.”
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She has multiple businesses and projects that keep her busy, including her Warrior clothing line, her Somnium winery and the 2017 fitness book “Pretty Intense.”
Patrick, who also has homes in Chicago and Scottsdale, Arizona (the latter recently featured in Wine Spectator magazine), said she also enjoys weekend workouts at CrossFit gyms and going to farmers markets.
She doesn’t make a point of hiding when she’s out in public.
“People notice me, yes. Some people say something, yes. Some people say dumb things and I say really smart-ass things back to them and then other people are really nice,” she told ESPN. “I think that people are generally probably scared to say something more than anything. How do I say it nicely about myself? I don’t think I put off the come-say-hi-to-me-everybody look.”
Television cameras have shown her cheering for Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field this season, and she has shared photos with family and friends from game weekends. She called the season opener against the Chicago Bears, in which an injured Rodgers led the team to an incredible comeback, “an absolute historic, amazing game.”
“The fun thing about them as a team is you just know they’ve got it in them, no matter what point in the game it is or what the score is or what the season is looking like. You always feel encouraged to cheer for them as a team. Aaron is a great leader and obviously an incredible player, and he’s got some good guys behind him.”
Patrick grew up in Roscoe, Illinois — just across the Wisconsin border — cheering for the Bears. Making the switch to a Packers fan has been an easy transition, she said, and it’s anything but a house divided with Rodgers.
“Anyone that wonders why I don’t cheer for the Bears, it’s not like it’s an in-house rivalry of like, ‘Oh, you cheer for this team, I cheer for that team.’ It’s like, ‘No, you play for that them. I can never understand when people are like, ‘Why don’t you cheer for the Bears still anymore?’ I’m like, ‘Well, for obvious reasons.’”