Aaron Rodgers was the first-round pick in 2005, but he has another first – a weird one. The Packers quarterback had a mysterious incident known as Close Encounter of the First Kind. Rodgers recalled the strange event recently on the You Made it Weird podcast with comedian Pete Holmes.
The UFO sighting apparently took place in February 2005, the night before the football player was to make an appearance on Cold Pizza, now First Take, of ESPN. The former Cal quarterback went to the East Coast for the interview and stayed with the family of former Cal teammate Steve Levy while he was there.
Rodgers, together with Steve and family, were winding down at dinner. All of a sudden, they heard a strange siren in the distance, so they went outside to check that out. Rodgers described the night as snowy and bright. The next thing that happened was the appearance of a strange object in the sky. The Packers quarterback was fully convinced he spotted a UFO.
He went on to describe the object. According to him, it was a large orange, left-to-right-moving UFO. While it is hard to make out because of the overcast nature of the night, the snow and it was behind the clouds when they saw it; Rodgers was nearly sure it was large in the evening sky, moving from left to right.
The encounter apparently took place at around 12:30 a.m. and Rodgers, Steve, and his brother witnessed it – a total of three witnesses.
Rodgers said that the object remained on their sights for about 30 seconds, but it was like five minutes to them. They were all got shocked, said Rodgers. The group then apparently heard about four fighter jets flying above them, and they knew they were fighter jets because of their sound.
It has been 11 years since it happened, but Rodgers clearly remembered they heard an alarm from 30 miles away, and later realized it was from a nuclear power plant that had its alarm went off. The Packers quarterback did not want to share his UFO story at first, probably afraid to be ridiculed, but after he had started to tell about it, it was like the moment he clearly remembered, even though it has been more than a decade since it transpired.
Rodgers started talking about his Close Encounter of the First Kind around 14:40 mark in the two-hour podcast.