Updated: Thursday, 29 Oct 2009, 5:19 PM CDT
Published : Thursday, 29 Oct 2009, 11:37 AM CDT
GREEN BAY - At the urging of numerous Green Bay Packers fans, Mayor Jim Schmitt renamed Green Bay's Minnesota Avenue, a short road on the east side between the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bay of Green Bay. The Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field this Sunday in a highly anticipated rematch.
The street is now Aaron Rodgers Drive.
Schmitt said he went to Rodgers' home Wednesday night to get his number 12 jersey signed, and brought the sign with him to show to the Packers quarterback.
"I went in the house, and I said 'hey look, this is what we're doing tomorrow,' and he goes 'oh man, that's awesome,' and he turns up the lights and he's taking pictures. So he's very excited about this, and well deserving of changing Minnesota Avenue to Aaron Rodgers Drive for the weekend," said Schmitt.
Schmitt invited Rodgers to attend the street renaming, but Rodgers had practice Thursday.
The city's Department of Public Works made the sign. Schmitt did not know how much it cost.
The temporary designation will continue up until Monday. After it's taken down, Rodgers has said he will autograph the sign and donate it to charity.