In the episode “A.A.R.M.” (via Peacock), Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) leaves Dunder Mifflin to audition for “America’s Next A Capella Sensation.” Things don’t progress well for Andy, as he sneaks past security to sing in front of the judges despite being told that he can’t audition. It’s a hilarious scene thanks to the comedic performance of Helms, whose character fails in front of the judges and completely breaks down. The panel of judges also help elevate the scene, and next to actual musicians Clay Aiken and Santigold sits Aaron Rodgers.
It’s anyone’s guess as to what makes a pro quarterback qualified to judge a singing contest, but Rodgers does get to say the line “flag on the play,” and that’s got to be worth the cameo alone.
As for how Rodgers wound up on the episode, it’s thanks to Brian Baumgartner, who plays Kevin Malone on the show. In an interview with the Office Tally, the episode’s director David Rogers said that Baumgartner is buddies with Rodgers and simply asked the quarterback if he wanted to come on the show. The rest, as they say, is history.