Aaron Rodgers, one of the NFL’s star players, announced Wednesday he was donating $ 1 million to rebuild the northern California area, which was destroyed by an unprecedented fire.

“In Northern California, where I was born and grew up, the city of Paradise was totally destroyed by fire and many of its inhabitants had to take refuge in my hometown of Chico and all of northern Canada. ‘State,’ Rodgers said in a video posted on his Twitter account.


“I contacted my friends and the Mayor of Chico to find out how I could best help them and give money for immediate needs and the long-term reconstruction is the most urgent thing,” he said. continued the quarter, dressed in a “Butte Strong” hoodie, named after the county to which the towns of Chico and Paradise belong.

Rodgers, 34, added that one of the partners, state farm insurer, pledged $ 1 for each retweet of his video, worth $ 1 million.

Camp Fire, the deadliest fire in California’s history, has killed 81 people and destroyed 61,500 hectares and more than 12,600 homes since November 8th.

The number of missing persons was 870 on Tuesday.

Rodgers, winner of the Super Bowl with the Packers in February 2011, was born and raised in Chico.

When he graduated from high school, no major university became interested in him. This forced him to play with the very small team of the University of Oroville, not far from Chico.

He was recruited after one season by the prestigious University of California and was then selected in the first round of the 2005 draft by Green Bay.