Why I Mocked Aaron Rodgers in Viral Video After Interception

Darius Maxwell treated Aaron Rodgers like any other flag football quarterback.

In a now-viral video from the March fundraiser, junior college student hilariously picked up and taunted Aaron Rodgers during a charity flag football game. After the game, Maxwell passed the ball to Rodgers, who then threw it back at him.

Maxwell spoke to about his performance that few NFL defensemen can brag about.

“I’m telling you, I’m from Florida. So when we’re playing 7-on-7, we’re returning the ball, we’re kicking the ball after an interception,” Maxwell told the website. “We throw the ball to the other side. … At that moment I can’t tell you why I did it, I was just excited. ‘There you are, thanks for the ball.’”

Maxwell, a football player at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, used his knowledge as a receiver to predict Rodger’s next move.

“I played Zone all day. I wasn’t trying to play too much man because I don’t play DB,” said Maxwell, who will transfer to Division II Wheeling University. “So I just pulled back in my zone and saw the curve route coming. Because I play receiver, when they’re in certain positions, I know what route they’re running.

“They made a lot of fuss, I was like, ‘Watch the curve route, watch the out route, then watch the crossing route.’ I literally called it out. So I just backed up the corner, got back on the pivot route, and then backed into the corner. I just knew it, I hid behind the phone. I didn’t go all the way to him, I just sat behind him a bit, played against him…just the IQ, I’ve only played football my whole life.

In his 14 years as a starter, Rodgers has thrown just 92 interceptions, averaging 6.6 per season. Rodgers laughed at the insignificant move and threw the ball back for the second. However, Rodgers followed up on the interception by setting Maxwell on fire in the following series.

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During a flag football game for charity, Aaron Rodgers was picked up by my sophomore.
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“It was beautiful, it was very beautiful. Pure (Aaron Rodgers). You can’t stop it It was beautiful,” Maxwell said.

Rodgers, who attended junior college before transferring to the University of California, discussed his experiences with Maxwell and teammate Zachary Roebuck.

“Aaron, he is a very competitive and very nice person. He was very, very nice. Very nice,” Maxwell said. “Right after the game he asked us about our history and how things are at juco. He is unbelievable.”

RX3 Growth Partners, a private equity firm founded by Rodgers, Nate Raabe and Byron Roth, hosted the game in San Juan Capistrano, California. The all-star teams were made up of current and former quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, and Desmond Ridder. The charity game raised over $400,000 for a variety of organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs of America and North Valley Community Foundation.

“Even though it was a charity game, this is one of the best, I’m not going to lie,” Maxwell said. Why I Mocked Aaron Rodgers in Viral Video After Interception


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