If you've spent any amount of time perusing this site over the past 20 years or so, you'll recognize me as someone who spends and inordinate amount of time obsessing over two topics with 3-letter acronyms. The NFL, and UFOs. The first is the epicenter of American popular culture. The watering hole around which we all gather to drink. The second is nothing less than the most important topic of our times. One that is very soon going to change everything we think we know about life in the universe.
And if you asked me who would be figure most likely to bring these two subjects together, I wouldn't have hesitated for half a second before I said Aaron Rodgers. I mean, who else could it be? Between his experiments with ayahuasca and darkness retreats and his general interest in the metaphysical, it seems only natural he'd have an interest in this topic. You don't get that same vibe out of … oh, let's say, Travis Kelce.
And after last night's final episode of Hard Knocks, I'm even more convinced:
Milwaukee Sentinel - The final installment of HBO's five-episode New York Jets season [included] Aaron Rodgers describing a 2005 UFO encounter. …
The segment started with Rodgers asking Jets security head Robert Mastroddi to grant practice-field access for Rodgers' former college teammate.
"He played with me at Cal and I saw a UFO at his house," Rodgers casually dropped into conversation.
In an on-camera interview, Rodgers explained that the friend, Steve Levy, was hosting Rodgers at his New Jersey home in 2005 around the time of the NFL Draft in New York City, and Rodgers was getting into bed when he heard an alarm in the distance.
"Steve and his brother and I walked outside and up in the clouds, we heard this sound and we saw this tremendously large object moving through the sky," Rodgers explained. "It was like a scene out of 'Independence Day' when the ships are coming into the atmosphere and creating this explosion-like fire in the sky.
"We just saw this incredibly large object and froze, as anybody would. Eventually, it went out of sight and nobody said a word. We just stood frozen, the three of us, on the front stoop of Steve's house and about 30 seconds later, we heard the real recognizable sound of fighter jets. It seemed to be chasing this object, and we just stood there in disbelief for another few minutes."
Rodgers, who said the experience launched a lifelong interest in UFOs, figures the siren he heard was from the nuclear power plant nine miles away. He said many UFO sightings take place around sources of energy, like power plants and volcanoes.
He is, of course, right. These phenomena are very prevalent around nuclear facilities. And have been known to disable our nuclear missile silos for a time. As I explained yesterday, UFO journalist George Knapp reported that a US Navy nuclear-powered warship carrying nuclear weapons made 18 voyages for the sole purpose of seeing how many times it would be followed. And it happened all 18 times. So it's not a stretch of the imagination to believe Rodgers would hear sirens at the power plant nine miles away at the same time he's spotting a mothership entering the atmosphere from above and fighter jets being scrambled.
By no means am I the biggest Aaron Rodgers fan in the world. And were I a cynical man, I might add that he's likely to spot UFOs since he spends so much time flat on his back (11 seasons with 30+ sacks). But in this case, he has my unwavering support. I have no problem believing him. There are people who just seem more open to experiencing sightings than the rest of us for whatever reason. And speaking as someone who never has, but would love to, I don't doubt Rodgers' story. I envy it. And it makes sense that a guy as open to expanding his mind the way Rodgers does would be better at sensing an alien presence than your average human.
There's a part in the greatest UFO movie of all time, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, where the aliens reveal themselves and return some abductees, including a squadron of WWII pilots. Noting that they hadn't aged a day, one scientist exclaims, "It looks like Einstein was right." To which the other once exclaims, "He was probably one of them." I wouldn't doubt so is Aaron Rodgers.