The New York Knicks being back in the playoffs has attracted several celebrities and former players to Madison Square Garden, including new Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers and second-year cornerback Sauce Gardner. Rodgers was officially traded to the Jets on April 24, three days before the start of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Rodgers has spent time getting acquainted in New York and was in attendance for not only Rangers-Devils Game 6 at the Garden, but Games 1 and 2 between the Knicks and Heat, too. New York dropped Game 1 against Miami, but Rodgers was back at the Garden two days later to watch the Knicks get a needed 111-105 win to tie the series at 1-1.
Jessica Alba, who was invited to Game 2 by Julius Randle, sat close to Rodgers and Gardner. When the Jets duo was walking to their seats, Rodgers mentioned that they’d be sitting close to Alba, but Gardner didn’t recognize her name.
"“When we were getting seated, [Rodgers] was just picking on me a little bit for being young,” Gardner said. “We were getting seated and he was like ‘we’re about to sit by,’ what’s her name? ‘We’re about to sit by Jessica Alba,’ and I’m just like ‘Oh, I don’t know who that is.’ And he just looked at me, he looked at me like I’m crazy.”"
The cornerback later confirmed on Twitter that he knows who Alba is from her movies, but didn’t know her name.
Sauce Gardner admits he didn’t know Jessica Alba’s name after seeing her at Knicks playoff game
Maybe if Aaron Rodgers would’ve said ‘Honey’ or ‘Storm’ (as in Susan Storm) instead of Jessica Alba, Sauce Gardner would’ve known who the quarterback was talking about.
Rodgers is 39 years old and will turn 40 during the 2023 NFL season while Sauce will be 23 in August. The quarterback was undoubtedly feeling his age at MSG after realizing that his teammate didn’t recognize Alba’s name.
It’s safe to assume that Gardner won’t be caught not knowing Jessica Alba’s name again. Who knows, maybe Sauce Gardner will pull a Julius Randle and invite her to a game at MetLife Stadium once the season starts. She was a good luck charm for the Knicks, after all.