BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The man under center for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday has roots in Oregon.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has led his team to three straight road wins on the way to a Super Bowl XLV showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Rodgers' own road to the Super Bowl went right through Beaverton, Oregon in the mid-90s.
The message posted this week on the Whitford Middle School reader board says it all: "Aaron Rodgers went here."
His former teachers remember him well.
"I would watch him gather his group of friends and they would head down to the field. They followed him like the pied piper, with his football," recalls Cheryl Matthews, who taught him language arts and social studies in sixth grade. "I told my husband, 'We've got to keep an eye on this kid because some day we are going to read about him.' And sure enough, we are reading about him!"
"I watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. But this year, I am watching for the game," said Kelly Paris, another of Rodgers' Whitford Middle School teachers.
"The staff is excited. The community is excited," said Annie Lee, who also taught Rodgers. "It says a lot about him. He's a fine young man. Even just watching him when he's playing. The character, the strong character that he was, you can still see it."
And for the students, seeing is believing.
"We have his yearbook picture in the main lobby," says Lee. "To have it on a reader board in the main lobby...his picture...it's proof. They wouldn't believe it until that was put up. And now they are full believers!"
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. PST on Fox stations nationwide.