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Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 4:29 pm
 
Brett Favre may be gone but he refuses to be forgotten. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Brett Favre may not have wanted to be a mentor to Aaron Rodgers after the Packers drafted him in 2005, but now that the ol' gunslinger's officially retired from the NFL, he's had a chance to reflect on his career. That includes his final years in Green Bay, when the organization tried to gently transition from Hall of Famer to up-and-comer … except that Favre was having none of it.

In the end, it all got very messy, with the fake-retirement press conferences, the one-year stint with the Jets that only made things worse, and the ultimate slap in the face to Green Bay: playing for the division rival Vikings. (Karma: leading Minnesota to the NFC Championship game … only to throw a back-breaking, game-deciding interception.)

But bygones are bygones, and the kindler, gentler Favre spoke about the high-powered Packers offense, and the finely tuned engine behind it all, Aaron Rodgers (via SportsRadioInterviews.com):
I’m going to be honest, I was not surprised [about Rodgers' performance]. The biggest surprise to me would be that he didn’t do it sooner. It’s funny how people can get over time -- my last year in Green Bay prior to the first game -- I made the remark that this was probably the most talented team that I’ve ever played on. And of course everyone looked up and was like ‘this guy’s off his rocker.’

We were very, very young; take me out of the mix and we were by far the youngest team in the league. But I could see the talent pool across the board was outstanding. Now our season kind of ended up being a reflection of that. We came close, and I think we took a lot of people by surprise, but guys emerged rather quickly.

Aaron had a chance…even though the last couple years it’s seemed like he’s almost a rookie, he’s been around awhile. And I’d like to think that he watched, he learned, and then when he got a chance to play, he brought in his ability which is obviously very good or they wouldn’t have drafted him in the first round. He’s got tremendous talent, he’s very bright and he got a chance to watch and see successful teams do it right.

And so he just kind of fell into a good situation. On top of that, he’s a good player. I don’t think there’s any pressure on him now, the talent around him is even better than when I was there. So I’m really kind of surprised it took him so long. In the early part of last year season, it hadn’t quite clicked yet and I didn’t know it would. I just kind of figured when they hit their stride, they’re going to be hard to beat. And that’s what happened.
The Cliffs Notes version of Favre's longwinded remarks: "Aaron Rodgers is obviously good, but he's also the beneficiary of watching me play so awesomely for so long. Plus, the team he has now is WAY better than anything I had to work with. So, yeah, he doesn't have any pressure on him."

CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman is understandably apoplectic. "[Favre] can't leave it alone. Can't just wear his Wranglers. Can't go fishin' or do his textin'. Has to chime in knowing it's probably going to irk Rodgers. Unbelievable."

The thing is, we bet Rodgers won't even acknowledge it. Guys who can rock the ironic hillbilly look (the only way to make this better would be if Rodgers wore Wranglers over his game pants) while rightfully clowning another NFL quarterback are clearly quite comfortable with their station in life.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers takes his facial hair very seriously. (Getty Images)

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Comments

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:19 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

I have been a Packers fan my whole life, and I'm ashamed to have idolized such an ignorant, selfish player that is Brett Favre.

Favre's statement about Rodgers not doing it earlier is hipocritical, since it took Favre the same amount of years to win a Superbowl in his Career as Aaron Rodgers.

Favre was drafted in '91 and won his only Superbowl in the '96 season.

Rodgers was drafted in '05, and won it 2010.

It took both of them 5 years.

Also, the idea that Rodgers came to a team that was maturing at the right time is frivolous, considering the fact that Favre led the team in '07 to a 13-3 record, a year before Rodgers was tabbed the starting quarterback.

All in all, Aaron Rodgers will always be better than Favre, no matter what achievements he doesn't live up to. Rodgers will always have something over Favre, and that is humbleness.




Since: Apr 11, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

farve is a loser and i jealous that rogers is better than him in his prime



Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Wow! Did Favre really go to that card? The same guy who only won 1 SB in 17 years in GB??? What a whiner...........Dude, turn the page and spend some more time on your tractor. Had Rodgers been in that NYG Championship game, he'd have TWICE as many SB's as you, meat!

The thought of Rodgers going back-to-back must be chapping your red ass!!




Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

What a pompous ass, he did have a good career last time I checked he was career leader in interceptions, hw good does that make him really



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

agree all the way... and what favre said is true the team they have now is WAAAAY better than any of his were, yeah when its over let me see Rodgers stats and we will compare them to Favres. Also Im a Bears fan, I just think Favre is taking a little shot at Rodgers and to be honest I think its true... as does Favre. Rodgers aint gonna say anything because he knows Favres right about everything he said.... I remember when Favre said that about have a young talented team when he said it and I actually thought the same thing... I was just happy Favre was getting old for my Bears betterment. But for Bretts sake I hope he just stops with all this crap about taking shots at Rodgers cuz anyone who knows football knows Brett is better than Rodgers anyway he doesnt need to say anything.



Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Isn't 3 years less than 5 years?  You know, Aaron Rodgers won a Super Bowl in his 3rd year as a starter.  While it took Brent Favre 5 years to do so. 

So if 3 years is "long", Brent...what is 5 years?



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

This guy is starting to make Barry Bonds look like a good guy! 



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Jltexas you obviously have no idea what you're talking about. To say that Rodgers couldn't win with Favre's super bowl team is just retarded. You are from Texas,however, so I will exuse it. Favre's SB team had the #1 defense in the NFL, a better O line, and an also fine recieving core. Not to mention the best return game in the NFL with Desmond Howard. Packer fans hate Favre because he put himself above the team year after year. Part of this is understandable due to all the acclaim given to him.  But he made it a circus and went to the Vikings. That is something completely unforgivable. The one man who turned around the Packer franchise is GM Ron Wolf. Besides that 1 SB was 14 years ago. Should he be given an imortal pass just because of that? No.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

You Packer fans are pathetic poor sports. Reading your posts about Farve really show the fact that he played for the Vikings weighs more to you that what he did for your team.  Farve took a team that had not sniffed the playoff in 20 years at least and basically led your team to not just the playoffs but 2 SBs winning one.  The team you folks had was not SB quality, Farve made the difference. Rogers has it easier than Farve did, he is surrounded by talent, something that can not be said of the teams Farve led to the SB. Heck I bet you could put any QB behind the weapons ya'll have and do the same as you are now.  Rodgers is good mind you, but I do not think Rodgers could ever do what farve did for your team in the 1990's. 



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

His name is BRETT Favre, people


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