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Jewish Green Bay Packer running back is celebrated

MILWAUKEE – It’s a very Jewish bobble.  

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, an endeavor with roots in the local Jewish community, has released a “special edition” bobblehead of AJ Dillon, the Jewish Green Bay Packers running back. 

The release is in conjunction with Bobbles Galore. The smiling Dillon bobblehead is holding a football and standing on a circular, turf-like base bearing his name. At his feet is a plaque reading “Quadzilla” and Quadfather.” Dillon’s huge quads, which are among the biggest of any running back in the NFL, each have their own nickname. One is called “The Quadfather” while the other is called “Quadzilla.” In addition to the bobbling head, both quads also bobble, according to a news release. 

A native of Baltimore who played high school football in New London, Connecticut, the 6-foot, 247-pound Dillon put together three standout seasons at Boston College before declaring early for the NFL Draft, according to the release. In 35 games for the Boston College Eagles, Dillon carried the ball 845 times for a school-record 4,382 yards and 38 touchdowns enroute to earning first-team All-ACC honors three years in a row. Dillon was selected by the Packers in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. During his first three seasons with the Packers, Dillon accumulated 2,355 total yards (1,815 rushing) and 16 touchdowns. 

“We are excited to team up with AJ and Bobbles Galore for this unique bobblehead,” said National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar, who is a member of the local Jewish community. “AJ has become a fan favorite for his work both on and off the field, and we know fans are going to love this very unique bobblehead.” 

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at 170 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee, opened to the public in 2019. 

In February 2022, BBYO-Wisconsin member Micah Packman prompted AJ Dillon, Green Bay Packers running back, to share his experience living as a Jew of color.   

The interview took place at the BBYO International Convention in Baltimore.   

“Growing up, my mom’s side of the family was very Jewish, and I went to Hebrew school,” Dillon said.  

“All my teammates in the locker room, they knew I was Jewish. They supported me, especially when I was younger. In high school, there were days where … I was observing Jewish holidays. People don’t really understand. ‘What do you mean you can’t come to practice?’ People just thought I was trying to get a day off of school, so … I’ve been really lucky to have always had support.”