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Danica Patrick explains how she and Aaron Rodgers got together

For The Win logo For The Win 1/18/2018 Michelle R. Martinelli

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Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers are the newest sports couple, which the race car driver confirmed earlier this week to the Associated Press.

Although the two met at the 2012 ESPY Awards, they have remained distant friends since then, Patrick told For The Win in a phone interview Thursday.

"We've just been sort of friends the whole time, kept in vague touch and seen each other at the ESPYs almost every year, and other places," she said.

"So one thing led to another, and we realized how similar we were, and yeah, that got the ball rolling."

In December, Patrick confirmed she and fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. broke up after nearly five years together. Similarly, Rodgers and longtime girlfriend and actress Olivia Munn also split back in April of 2017.

As professional athletes, of course Patrick and Rodgers are in exceptional shape. And with the recent release of her health and fitness book, Pretty Intense, Patrick shared some of her vigorous workouts.

But she said the Green Bay Packers quarterback even tried a workout of hers too - one of the many activities she said they do together, along with typical things like visiting with friends, playing games and bonding over the books they like to read.

"I wrote a workout, (and) we worked out together and things like that. Put him through some ab workouts," Patrick said laughing.

Dating a friend, she added that because they have so much in common, "everything is easy" with Rodgers.

"We both just have similar hobbies and interests - the kind of life that we live and wanting to travel and various different things, liking dogs," Patrick said.

She also told the AP in a report earlier this week that she "always" cheered for Rodgers. But even as a Chicago Bears fan - she grew up about 100 miles outside of the Windy City - she said, "Now I'm going to cheer for the whole team."

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