Packers Aaron Rodgers and Graham Harrell Join Fraternity!



“Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers, your new pledge name is….” “Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Graham Harrell, it is tim.”

That’s right both the Pack 1st and 3rd string signal callers have joined a fraternity, the same exact one actually. As of January 5th, 2012 6pm CT, both men became members of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

They joined the Sigma-Xi chapter at St. Norbert College. More than 60 TKE members gathered at Old St. Josephs Church on the college campus, including members and alumni from all over the Midwest, as well as representatives from Tau Kappa Epsilon’s national organization; in welcoming the two new fraters at the formal ceremony. Rodgers and Harrell became the 245th and 246th members of this chapter of TKE.

You may be wondering how all this came about. Apparently, Rodgers really wanted to join the University of California chapter of TKE back during his college football days but Coach Jeff Tedford wouldn’t let him.

The chapter was starting up again at Cal and in order for him to join it would have required a lot more time commitment than usual, because he would he would have been a part of the charter class.

And that would have been hard to balance given all that’s required of a starting Pac-12 quarterback. The opportunity arose when a TKE in the Packer organization talked to Rodgers about joining. The superstar quarterback and Tau Kappa Epsilon also share the same charity interest: St. Jude Children’s hospital.

From TKE news:

Aside from all of the accolades, these Fraters are men of exceptional character, leadership and purpose. Between their volunteer and philanthropic endeavors with the NFL, Rodgers also works with the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Harrell is involved in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas with the Covenant Children’s Hospital and St. Jude’s.

So clearly, public service will be a big part of Rodgers and Harrell’s involvement with the fraternity. Community service is something many houses excel in and take very seriously, and that fact often goes overlooked.

For more information on St. Norbert College’s TKE chapter.

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  1. ThePowerWire says:

    They probably just want to meet college girls. Who could blame them? Linked at my site

  2. Carl Spackler says:

    You are an uneducated “journalist”?

  3. Bobby Allen says:

    It’s a shame that you had to take a pretty straight-forward, feel good story and sully it with a cheap shot about fraternity hazing. The generalization “hazed like all pledges” is irresponsible and poor journalism. There is nothing funny about hazing, or two principled men joining a civic organization. You effectively have insulted an organization embraced by NFL greats Phil Simms, Terry Bradshaw, Marv Levy and George Halas.

  4. paulmbanks says:

    It’s called a joke- referencing “Animal House” in my intro is a perfectly natural thing to do for a story on a fraternity. as it is a movie most people relate with the concept.

    Aren’t either of you familiar with the concept “action is character” or “the medium is the message” By doing a story on these two men joining the frat and calling as much public attention to it as possible, not to mention the final paragraph where I mentioned all the community and public service fraternities do…you know what, if you don’t get it by now, I don’t think you ever will

  5. Kenneth Blaney says:

    However, it isn’t a joke. You don’t get to hide behind that. You specifically wrote “hazed like every frat pledge”. Furthermore, you did not specifically reference Animal House, Paul. In the reality of fraternity life, hazing is an especially serious issue that is no longer tolerated by many chapters, especially within Tau Kappa Epsilon.

    Although we as a fraternity appreciate your nod towards our accomplishments, I feel you should issue an apology/retraction as a good, professional journalist would.

  6. Bobby Allen says:

    I agree that the rest of your article is complimentary, which is why I said its a shame that you mucked it up with the hazing joke. If you going to make an allusion to a movie to score an way laugh, then do it. Referring to something that kills people isn’t witty. It’s akin to joking about cancer or poverty, tasteless.

  7. paulmbanks says:

    point taken guys. changes made. hazing jokes removed.

    appreciate the dialogue and discussion.

  8. Kenneth Blaney says:

    Thank you very much Paul. It means a lot to us that you would make those edits.

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