EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 19: Aaron Rodgers #8 of the New York Jets throws the ball during warmups before the first half of a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium on August 19, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

First of all, let me say that I think Aaron Rodgers is incredibly skilled and talented. I know this headline is a bit crazy, but it’s meant to be funny. Rodgers is one of the greatest quarterbacks of his generation. There’s really no denying that he knows what he’s doing on the field, and he’s a force. Rodgers is also a personality. I think that’s one of the reasons why he makes headlines so much. He’s always doing and saying something wild, and that garners attention. But, once in a while, it begs the question, “Is Aaron Rodgers delusional?” Heck, people could think I’m delusional sometimes, so it’s worth asking about Rodgers.

Is Aaron Rodgers Delusional?

No. I don’t think a “Mr. Aaron Rodgers Delusional” exists. I think he’s very smart and knows what he’s doing when making sensational statements. Also, as I mentioned before, I think he’s super talented, and I truly love watching him play. But, check out the latest. On a recent episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” the New York Jets quarterback talked about the time that he and his college teammate Steve Levy were at Levy’s house in 2005 and saw a UFO. He described it as a “large object” in the sky.

“I was getting down to bed,” Rodgers said on the show. “I heard this alarm in the distance going off. 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 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. It was like a scene out of ‘Independence Day’ when the ships are coming into the atmosphere and they’re creating this kind of explosion type fire in the sky. We just saw this incredibly large object and froze, as anybody would.”

That’s wild. But, another kind of delusional thing Rodgers is saying is that the New York Jets are one of the only teams that can win the Super Bowl this year. “There’s a part of that is speaking things into existence, the idea of a manifestation,” Rodgers said, via Jori Epstein of Yahoo Sports. “The other part is a realistic look at the locker room knowing that there’s anywhere from 6-to-12 teams every year that can probably doit it and we’re one of those 6-to-12.”

The moral of this story is that, no, Aaron Rodgers is not delusional. But, he has some great sound bites.

12 Best NFL Quarterbacks for the 2023 Season

  • 12. Justin Fields - Chicago Bears

    I’m starting this list off with some controversy. Some might scratch their heads at me picking a quarterback from a team that’s been struggling as much as the Chicago Bears for the No. 12 best NFL quarterbacks for 2023. But, I think Justin Fields is going to surprise people this season. He’s a MVP-level player, and if he can get teammates with the right chemistry, this team could surprise people.

  • 11. Kirk Cousins - Minnesota Vikings

    It’s a coincidence that I’m including another NFL North quarterback right after Justin Fields, but here we are. Kirk Cousins has been a solid quarterback for the Vikings for years. He’s a vet at this point and led the team to many victories last season. That said, Minnesota Vikings fans are waiting patiently for a playoff run.

  • 10. Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys

    Dak Prescott may not be fireworks all the time, but he’s a super solid quarterback. He’s led the Dallas Cowboys to plenty of victories, and although he’s had his ups and downs, most agree that this will be a good year for Prescott and the Cowboys.

  • 9. Jared Goff - Detroit Lions

    When Matthew Stafford departed the Lions in 2021, fans had a mixed reaction. Some were ready for him to be gone, while others feared that his replacement will bring more losses. But, Jared Goff came on the scene, and in 2022, boy, did he deliver. He had some of the NFL’s best stats towards the end of last season.

  • 8. Deshaun Watson - Cleveland Browns

    The Cleveland Browns are one of the hottest teams int he NFL right now, and fans are betting on Deshaun Watson to get them over that hump. He had that suspension, but on the field, he’s invaluable.

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  • 7. Justin Herbert - Los Angeles Chargers

    Los Angeles Rams got their Super Bowl victory, and now maybe it’s time for some love for the Los Angeles Chargers. Justin Herbert is leading the Chargers to victories, and he’s known for having a very reliable arm and game.

  • 6. Lamar Jackson - Baltimore Ravens

    Despite having injuries for a few years, Lamar Jackson, when he’s healthy, is one of the best quarterbacks in the league right now. He’s got something special on the field, and if he can stay healthy and consistent, then he can be unstoppable for the Baltimore Ravens.

  • 5. Josh Allen - Buffalo Bills

    The Buffalo Bills are favorites to make a run for the Super Bowl this year, and Josh Allen is a bit part of that. He’s super reliable and has one of the best arms in the league. He’s one of those guys who’s just all-around talented.

  • 4. Aaron Rodgers - New York Jets

    Here’s another controversial pick, perhaps, on my part. Some think that Aaron Rodgers’ time has come and gone. But, he’s still one of the strongest quarterbacks in the NFL. Now, he’s super motivated, too, being with a totally new team, the New York Jets. Also, the Jets are stacked, so this will be a difficult team to beat.

  • 3. Joe Burrow - Cincinnati Bengals

    Joe Burrow’s stats are among the best in the league. The Cincinnati Bengals are lucky to have him at the helm, and many think this could be the team to beat this year, thanks to Burrow.

  • 2. Jalen Hurts - Philadelphia Eagles

    Jalen Hurts has the brawns and talent to win a championship. He stays in tip-top shape, making it very difficult to see him ever having to struggle with major injuries. He also has a strong will to fight and win, which is kind of an intangible quality that comes in very useful.

  • 1. Patrick Mahomes - Kansas City Chiefs

    Surprise! Not. Of course this isn’t a a surprise. Patrick Mahomes has led the Kansas City Chiefs to not just one but two Super Bowl wins over the past few years. Many think he’ll lead them to another Super Bowl win this season. He’s young but plays with the maturity of an older player. It would have been difficult to put anyone else at No. 1 on this list of the best NFL quarterbacks for the 2023 season.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio. She started on the airwaves shortly after graduating from MSU. Anne has a passion for rock and metal, and she also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson! Anne covers the Detroit, Philadelphia and Las Vegas markets and beyond.

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