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Aaron Rodgers talks God, life purpose and seeing UFO's

Posted: 1:30 PM, Mar 23, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-24 18:59:30-04
Aaron Rodgers talks God, life purpose & UFO's
Aaron Rodgers talks God, life purpose & UFO's
Aaron Rodgers talks God, life purpose & UFO's

The two-time NFL MVP quarterback of the Green Bay Packers has a spiritual side, and even experience with seeing what some might consider a UFO.

Aaron Rodgers had a fun but deep two-hour conversation with comedian Pete Holmes on his podcast series "You Made It Weird."  (WARNING: Podcast includes graphic language.)

While there, he talked on numerous subjects far beyond the football field.

UFO's came up, and Rodgers admitted to an experience he had in 2005 before the NFL Draft around a time he was shooting an interview for an ESPN show in the New York area.

“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 kind of behind the clouds we were seeing, but it was definitively large in the night sky, moving from left to right...about 12:30 at night here...it goes out of sight and we look at each other and go ‘What in the (expletive) was that?" recollected Rodgers.

"When it had been out of sight for 30 seconds...then we hear this definite sound, and anyone who has been to a flyover...you know the sound a fighter jet makes as it flies by. There were about four of those."

Then came other subjects...particularly the discussion of what Rodgers prays about.

"Thanks that I'm here today. Thank you that I'm on this field today, that I'm healthy, and I get to do what I love," he said is his pregame prayer.

Once after beating Seattle and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (who is deeply religious and has thanked God before for victories, including their NFC title win over the Packers in 2014) , Rodgers perhaps joked about God being a Packers fan.

In truth, Rodgers is deeply spiritual and has won the Bart Starr award which reflects on his Christian faith. Yet he doesn't buy God believing one team or another should win.
 
"I feel like (saying there is) a God who wants one team to win is rejecting the other guy," said Rodgers."
 
"We say the Lord's prayer before and after every game. There's a prayer circle in our locker room before every game. As a team, there's probably 40 of us who are holding hands saying 'Hey, God, keep us safe today and help us to win.' There's probably a team on the other side doing the same thing. Is God glorifying us when we win, punishing the other team?"
 
When it comes to seeing suffering on the field, Rodgers said he's seen three players have seasons or careers end due to neck injuries.
 
"What do you say to a guy who played his last play?"
 
Rodgers even went to understanding his purpose on earth. It doesn't have to do with football, at least not directly.
 
"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," said Rodgers.
 
"What am I doing here? 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."

Click here to listen to the whole interview.  (WARNING: Graphic language)