In the season finale of HBO’s Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets, 39-year-old quarterback and future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers came armed with an anecdote about seeing a UFO.
“It just didn’t seem like normal, and I heard some rustling downstairs. So I got up, walk downstairs, it’s a beautiful night, and [we] walked outside, and up in the clouds, we heard this sound, and we saw this tremendously large object moving through the sky,” Rodgers said.
“And it was like a scene out of ‘Independence Day’ when the ships are coming into the atmosphere, and they’re creating this, like, kind of explosion-type fire in the sky. “We saw this incredibly large object and froze, as anybody would, because, you know, what the hell is going on? Eventually, it went out of sight, and nobody said a word. We just stood frozen.”
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In case you either don’t remember or weren’t alive, Independence Day was a 1996 sci-fi film that was directed by Roland Emmerich and starred Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. There was also a sequel that was released in 2016, although Smith didn’t reprise his role.
The story of the original movie follows an Air Force pilot and a scientist in their efforts to stop an alien invasion, which occurs over the course of the Independence Day holiday, thus leading to one of the most famous speeches in modern movie history.
With the preseason now officially over, the Jets are in the midst of preparing for their Week 1 season opener against the Buffalo Bills, which will be the first Monday Night Football matchup of the season on September 11.
Heading into the matchup between the two expected AFC title challengers, the Bills — who have won the AFC East for the last three seasons — are favored by 2.5 points despite the fact that the game is being played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Rodgers and the Jets will be looking to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in over a decade, as the franchise last appeared in the postseason following the 2010 campaign, which is currently the longest drought in the National Football League. The presence of the four-time MVP, however, has made Gang Green an instant Super Bowl contender, at least as far as the bookies are concerned.