Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers believes in UFOs.
But that’s because Rodgers (and two other witnesses) spotted one on a cold, snowy night in rural New Jersey 11 years ago. And once you hear his story, you may believe in UFOs, too.
During a candid interview with comedian Pet Holmes on his podcast You Made it Weird on Wednesday, Aaron, 32, detailed the crazy story. According to Philly.com, his demeanor changed instantly, from light-hearted and humorous to dead serious.
That fateful night, Rodgers was staying with the family of friend and former teammate. After a long night enjoying an eight-course Italian dinner, “there was a weird siren in the distance, so we go outside,” Rodgers recalled, CBS Sports added.
“We” included his friend Steve and Steve’s brother.
It was after midnight and overcast, but Aaron recalled “there was enough light from the moon reflecting off the clouds,” so they could see clearly. And what they saw in the sky next Rodgers described as like the movie Independence Day.
“It was a large orange, left-to-right-moving object. Because of the overcast nature of the night and the snow, you couldn’t make out…. It was behind kind of the clouds we were seeing, but it was definitively large in the night sky, moving from left to right.”
The object disappeared and Aaron said he and his friends looked at each other and asked, “What in the f— was that?'”
Thirty seconds later, Rodgers said he heard “sounds of four fighter jets flying above their heads.” This, according to Aaron, is pretty typical in UFO sightings. Two things, he said, are connected such phenomena.
“One is the presence of fighter jets. And two, there’s a lot of sightings around nuclear power plants,” Rodgers said. “So to tie it all together, the alarm we heard was from 30 miles out, was a nuclear power plant that had an alarm that went off… Again, it was like 12:30 at night here. It was me, Steve, and his brother that saw it.”
Understandably, Aaron has been hesitant to share his story, most likely because it would be met with skeptical eyebrow raises. But after a decade, the strange sight is burned in his. One time, Rodgers said he reached out to another witness to talk about it.
“I said, ‘Remember that one night when’, and before I even finished he’s like, ‘Yeah, I think about that almost every day’.”
— Pete Holmes (@peteholmes) March 12, 2016
UFO sightings are frequently reported in South Jersey, especially near the Salem Nuclear Plant, so Rodgers is in good company. His sighting, however, was never reported in the news, “in typical fashion,” he noted.
Aaron Rodgers didn’t just talk about UFOs, though. According to the Milwaukee Record, he also touched on spiritual matters, like science and religion, reincarnation, and the meaning of life. The quarterback is known for being spiritual, according to WTMJ.
“The greatest gift I’ve been able to tap into the last decade of my life is hope…hope for my life, for my friends’ lives, for an afterlife. Something happens. That’s amazing, magical and spiritual and unknowable.”
And on the purpose of life, Rodgers said, “I’m here to love people in a deeper level, realize the connectedness that we have, the closeness everybody that breathes oxygen on this earth has to each other. There’s a responsibility that comes with that.”
But one thing Aaron wouldn’t really talk about: masturbation. After some pressing questions from Holmes, he wouldn’t admit to practicing self-love before games, but isn’t against it, either, the New York Daily News reported.
“I do want to be calm out there, so I’m never opposed to it. You got to be nice and relaxed out there, so whatever is gonna put me in that state, man.”
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