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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: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

When will Brett Favre learn to keep his thoughts to himself?  Probably never, seeing that personnel in the media give him an audience.  Brett Favre is not a hall-of-famer.  He is a player that relied on the players around him to make him better than he actually was.  He should be thanking in the least Drew Bledsoe and his 4 INTs, or his defense that held NE to 250 yards and 21 points.  MAybe he should send them on eof his special text.  He sucks.



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

I followed and worshipped Brett over the years as a true Packer Fan.  Then all the crap he pulled...ouch!  I think Aaron is a much better quarterback already and will have a huge legacy in comparison to Brett's.  In my opinion, I put Brett, Tiger, and Arnold in the same 3 stooges category.  LOL!  Nuckleheads!!



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

I wonder what Brent is doing nowadays. Probably mowing his lawn and still getting bitched out by Deanna for texting his wang.It's all down here for the next 40 years old man. Please just leave my life already.



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Technically you are correct Brent did not throw a game ending interception in this game but that stupid throw late over the middle subtracted every chance of winning the game that the Vikings had!  Jusytas Brent has done in numerous playoff games he choked his teams chances away!!!  He is a first ballot Hall of Famer but the greatest QB in Packer history is Bart Starr and Rogers is chasing 15 not 4!!!
Pack88



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

As do you as he had his worse season following the great season.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Favre is a first ballot Hall of Fame QB and it will probably be unanimous by the Hall of Fame players who vote, but might not be so with the media.  Favre never threw a game deciding interception in the championships game for the Vikings.  There was less than 30 seconds to play in regulation and it was 3rd and long from the 40 yard line.  It was either complete the pass to get into field goal range or go for it on 4th down with maybe no time left on the clock afterwards.  Favre took a good risk trying to complete the pass and that is just knowing the game situation.  If Favre throws the ball away and it's 4th down than it's a 58 yard field goal attempt for the Vikings and the probability of making it is less than 30%.  Packer fans need to remember Favre along with Mike Holmgren brought the winning tradition that back to the Packers that had been missing for more than 20 years in Green Bay.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

All Brett Favre is doing is tractor-ridin',Wrangler-wearin',post retirement smack talk......what else is there to do in southern Mississippi except hunting squirrels for their brains.......Look for Brett Favre to be in Aaron Rodgers' shadow, not the other way around.



Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Let me start by declaring that I am a BEARS fan.  That said, some of you make me laugh. You know Favre is a Mississippi hill-billy and you fault him for not being eloquent in his speaking prowess.  With that said, the Rodgers teams are WAY better than the last 10 Favre lead Packers. They need to interview Donald Driver and see where he stands on this. He played on those last 10 Favre teams.



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Hello....wasn't it Brett Favre who led Green Bay to the championship game against the Giants before they let him go. He was on the so called most talented team he's ever played on and he took them to the NFC Championship game only to lose it for them.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

  I liked Brett before but he's made it very hard to be a fan of his given how he's acted on and off the field in his fading years as his skills betrayed his desire to continue playing.  He should have stayed retired the first time....his legacy isn't half what it would have been otherwise.
Really, you, like many others have a really short memory? He had his best season of his career in Minnesota a couple years ago


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