The NFL lockout has put players and owners in limbo. The ripple effects also are felt by people whose lives or businesses touch their teams. Here are their stories:
Some of you might remember from Elizabeth Merrill's profile of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers that he has a big interest in music. He's been known to participate in open-mike nights in the Green Bay area and has started a record company known as Suspended Sunrise Recordings (SSR).
Yes, on Tuesday we discussed Rodgers' path to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Wednesday, we'll note his push toward the Grammy Awards. (Or something like that.)
Coming Thursday: Rodgers' prospects for a Nobel peace prize.
Last weekend, Rodgers was on set to help shoot a music video for The Make, a new California-based alt-rock band that SSR recently signed. The single, "Get It," will be available soon. (Check out The Make's website for more information.)
"This is the first step in the process," Rodgers told KRCR-Ch. 7. "My business partner and I have been working for a couple of years trying to put this whole thing together. We're excited about starting the process, to see what happens with this band. Obviously football is my first priority. Music is my passion after that."
While Rodgers' interest in music isn't new, the NFL lockout has given players the opportunity of time to explore their hobbies. SSR's motto: "We believe everyone needs to have musical inspiration for living an abundant life."
Rodgers is one of several NFC North players who own and/or run music labels. Perhaps the most advanced is Minnesota Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie, whose BMajor Music Group has a significant presence in the Miami hip-hop scene.