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Who is Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers going to be for Halloween? We comb through some of the popular guesses


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Whether intentional or by accident, Aaron Rodgers does have a knack for making the cauldron of speculation bubble up. 

So when the Green Bay Packers quarterback told "The Pat McAfee Show" on Sept. 21 the long hair he's sporting has been a year in the making for his Halloween costume, the guessing game began. He offered but one cryptic clue to the mystery — "somebody who is a hero of mine who has longish hair."

Shoot, that could be anybody from teammate and good friend David Bakhtiari to Taylor Swift (yes, we saw the recent Instagram posts where he was wearing a "Folklore" beanie and quoting Swift lyrics). Not a lot to go on.

Then a twist ...

On Tuesday's "Pat McAfee Show," Rodgers said he wanted to set the record straight about his hair and how it relates to any Halloween plans this year.

"For whatever reason, I didn't grow my hair out specifically for some Halloween costume," Rodgers said. "I grew my hair out because I wanted to."

He said he grew his beard out at the start of the pandemic quarantine and eventually decided it was long enough and then decided to let his hair grow.

"It's been a labor of love for a year. I've enjoyed it," he said. "It has nothing to do with the Halloween costume, except that it gives me a few more options if I so desire." 

Past Halloweens tell us to think quirky. In 2017, Rodgers dressed up as the title character from Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou." In 2019, he and then-girlfriend Danica Patrick went as Uncle Rico and Deborah Bradshaw from "Napoleon Dynamite."

Nobody knows if this year's costume will be a coordinated couples effort with fiancée Shailene Woodley, but so far, guesses on social media have covered a lot of territory and a wide swath of hair: Joe Exotic of "Tiger King," rogue electrician "Slippery Pete" from "Seinfeld," Jack Nicholson in "The Shining," Edward Scissorhands, Richie Tenenbaum from "The Royal Tenenbaums," Tarzan, a "Hamilton" cast member, WWE's The Undertaker, Chuck Norris as "Walker, Texas Ranger," Joker, Aragorn from "The Lord of the Rings" and former Packers teammates Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk.

The tricky part is the person also has to be one of Rodgers' heroes, and we don't know if he means that seriously or tongue-in-cheek. That may or may not eliminate Captain Jack Sparrow.

What exactly does "longish" mean? Does that make Kurt Russell in or out? Is the versatility of a man bun a critical component to the costume or just a convenience during the growing-out process?

Here's a few of the guesses that are getting the most traction on social media, which, of course, doesn't mean a thing. 

The Dude from 'The Big Lebowski'

Rodgers channeling his inner Dude wouldn’t exactly be a stretch. He’s been known to wear “Big Lebowski” T-shirts in the locker room over the years, and we already know he has (or had) the Pendleton sweater like the one Jeff Bridges wears in the 1998 Cohen brothers classic. He wore it for a postgame news conference in 2016 after the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears and later said it was one of the best presents he ever received from then-girlfriend, actress Olivia Munn. 

He also seems to have mastered His Dudeness’ sense of Zen and “terminally relaxed” state of being, but the full-bodied nature of The Dude’s flowing locks in the film could pose a problem, as Rodgers’ fine hair is more stick straight than California wavy.

Scott Stapp of Creed

With the slicked-back longer hair, there’s an undeniable resemblance to the Creed frontman, but short of equipping himself with a Mr. Microphone and belting out “Higher,” how does Rodgers turn it into a complete Halloween costume? His pregame playlist has been known to lean '90s alt-rock, including Pearl Jam and Counting Crows, but specifically no Creed, he told Pat McAfee last year. During the same interview, however, he did talk about how he distinctly remembers “With Arms Wide Open” being played as the Packers’ walk-out song before a 2007 game against the Dallas Cowboys that would become a turning point in his career. 

Mostly, he loves to rib former Packers tight end Tom Crabtree about his love of Creed (and Nickelback). Still, who could forget the delightfully bizarre meme from last year that drops in the heads of Rodgers and Bakhtiari on a 2001 Creed halftime show?

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Keanu Reeves as John Wick

The “John Wick” film franchise gets a spot along “The Office,” “Game of Thrones,” “Jeopardy!” and “Lost” on Rodgers’ list of all-time favorite viewing, so transforming himself into the professional assassin made famous by Reeves in impeccably tailored suits is certainly within the scope of possibility. As “a John Wick diehard fan” (and a huge Reeves fan), he already gave a nod to the next installment, “John Wick: Chapter 4,” due out in May, in an Instagram photo of himself in August, with the hashtag “johnwick4.” If he’s going full-on Wick for Halloween, fingers crossed his accessories include a puppy named Daisy. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi from 'Star Wars'

Is the biggest clue of all right there in the profile picture of his Instagram account? More than a few people on social media have pointed out the artwork that shows him as Obi-Wan Kenobi making his Halloween choice a no-brainer. Rodgers, a huge "Star Wars" nerd, was outed by Munn as the owner of his own Obi-Wan Kenobi robe in a 2015 Instagram photo that showed him wearing it alongside her in a "Star Wars" T-shirt. Rodgers and Woodley also share a love of "Star Wars" and talked lightsabers in a video during a trip to Walt Disney World Resort in April in which they both wore "May The Force Be With You" masks. 

Cameron Poe in 'Con Air'

The Twitter crowd is getting some major Nicolas Cage vibes from Rodgers’ hair, particularly the actor's role as Cameron Poe in the 1997 Jerry Bruckheimer action-thriller “Con Air,” in which he plays a paroled Army Ranger on his way home aboard a flight filled with prison inmates who take over the plane. The hair is there, but would Rodgers wear the white tank top, even for a Halloween costume?

Jon Snow from 'Game of Thrones'

As a megafan of the HBO series, it's easy to see why one of the drama's most popular characters keeps coming up. There's great potential to do full-on period costuming with heavy cloaks and faux fur, not to mention the parallels between the King in the North and the king of the NFC North. But it also seems too obvious for somebody who made a cameo in "GoT's" final season and got to sit upon the iconic Iron Throne at Lambeau Field in 2019 to shoot a social media campaign for the show as "Lord Aaron of House Rodgers of Greenwater Bay, the true King in the North." Been there, done that. 

Vincent Vega from 'Pulp Fiction'

Rodgers is also big into Quentin Tarantino movies, so don’t count out a character from one of his films. Maybe John Travolta’s bolo tie-wearing Vincent Vega from “Pulp Fiction”? Rodgers told the “Dan Le Batard Show” in 2019 it’s his favorite Tarantino film and the one he has watched the most, followed by “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” and “The Hateful Eight.”

Peter Stormare

Just kidding on this one, since right about now you're probably saying, "Peter who?" The Swedish actor whose credits include the Cohen brothers' "The Big Lebowski" and "Fargo" isn't exactly well-known, but the 68-year-old actor does bear an uncanny resemblance to Rodgers — somewhere down the road and with more gray — as pointed out by one astute Twitter user. Maybe Stormare could dress up as Rodgers this Halloween.

Flashing back to short-hair Rodgers

For anybody yearning for the clean-cut Rodgers of yore with the short hair, full mustache and well-groomed beard, that's the photo that showed up on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" last month. Fallon dished out superlatives based on photos of Packers and San Francisco 49ers players for his recurring segment to promote NBC's  "Sunday Night Football." Of Rodgers photo, he said: "He was voted most likely to be a cool youth pastor who says, 'You know who the real rock star is?' And then points up."

Contact Kendra Meinert at 920-431-8347 or kmeinert@greenbay.gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @KendraMeinert