We were reminded of this on Wednesday while listening to Rodgers' two-hour interview with Pete Holmes on the comedian's popular You Made It Weird podcast. Holmes and Rodgers had barely gotten pleasantries out of the way when the Packers star launched into an epic tale of a UFO sighting from his past.
The back story: It was February 2005 and Rodgers -- then a top prospect two months away from being drafted by the Packers -- had traveled to New York to tape a segment for the defunct ESPN program Cold Pizza. Remember that? After the taping, Rodgers hoofed it to Jersey for an overnight stay at the childhood home of former Cal teammate Steve Levy.
After a hearty Italian dinner, Rodgers and company were startled by the sound of a siren in the distance. They went outside and looked to the sky.
"It was a large orange, left-to-right-moving object," Rodgers explained to Holmes. "Because of the overcast nature of the night and the snow, you couldn't make out ... it was behind the clouds we were seeing, but it was definitively large, moving from left to right. ... It was me, Steve, and his brother that saw it.
"And it goes out of sight and we look at each other and go, 'What in the f--- was that?'"
(At this point we just want to make it clear that, although Rodgers was sharing this story on a comedian's podcast, the quarterback was deadly serious.)
Later, Rodgers and company heard the sound of fighter jets flying over the home.
"Now, if you know anything about UFO sightings or you've done research, you know that a lot of times two things are connected to UFO sightings," said the two-time MVP and Super Bowl champion. "One is the presence of fighter jets. And two, there's a lot of sightings around nuclear power plants. So to tie it all together, the alarm we heard from 30 miles out was a nuclear power plant that had an alarm that went off."