By Barry Janoff
November 5, 2013: Thanks to his marketing alliance with State Farm, Aaron Rodgers continued to be part of the Monday Night Football game on ESPN last night long after he left the field with what turned out to be a broken collarbone.
Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, appeared in a new State Farm "State of Turbulence" commercial, which debuted during the game against the Chicago Bears.
The story line is a continuation of a TV spot that broke in September. There, Rodgers is seated on an airplane between two loyal fans of "Da Bears" who have saved enough money thanks to State Farm's 'Discount Daaa-ble Check" to get upgraded to "grill class."
Rodgers broke his collarbone when he was sacked early in the Packers' 27-20 loss to the Bears in Lambeau Field. He immediately left the game to head to the trainer's room. He returned in the second half and watched the game from the sidelines.
The team said today that he likely would miss at least three weeks due to the injury.
Meanwhile, he continues to be in the center of the action for State Farm.
In the new spot, "State of Turbulence II," Rodgers falls asleep on the plane and dreams that is at a tailgate party for Da Bears and that he has saved money thanks to the "Discount Daaa-ble Check."
He wakes up, but is berated by one of the Bears' fans next to him for disturbing the guy on the other side, who is dreaming about getting a massage from Da Coach, Mike Ditka, and eating a giant sausage. (See the full spot here.)
Rodgers has been with State Farm since 2011 and has appeared in several other commercials. State Farm also is running an NBA-themed campaign with Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and his faux brother, Cliff.
According to State Farm both campaigns have helped to raise awareness about the company and its Discount Double Check policy, which basically entails State Farm agents reviewing customer contracts to see where or if any money can be saved.
"We don't have specific metrics tying Rodgers to an increase in State Farm policies. I can say that the volume of calls and the number of people requesting Discount Double Check [information] are up significantly," Tim Van Hoof, assistant vice president of marketing communications for State Farm, told NYSportsJournalism earlier this year. "And we have seen metrics that show our brand affinity and 'likability' have risen since the Rodgers and, more recently, the Chris Paul commercials have been airing."