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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: May 14, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Brett is jealous because Aaron Rodgers is a better QB and will win more than 1 Super Bowl when all is said and done.  He is also jealous because Aaron Rodgers is alot smarter and just a better person in every manner.



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

There's an old saying in urban lingo: "haters are going to hate, players are going to play."  Farve sunk to a new low.  How dare him say such a thing.  The man is obviously jealous over Rodgers' early success with Green Bay.  Hey Brett, chances are, Aaron will win another championship while in Green Bay.  You may have won one SB, but Rodgers has a VERY good chance at winning multiple Lombardi trophies once it's all said and done.    



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Jealously is not an attractive trait, especially coming from an over-the-hill narcissist who thinks he's every bit as good as John Madden thinks he is.  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.  



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Not unlike Jordan. The best of the best get there partly by being so hotly competitive. That doesn't end just because you retire. :)



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Brett....Leave it ALONE! Go off into that blissful sunset and realize no one needs you to weigh in on anything that has to do with the Packers. Class act....



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Douche with a capital "D".  Hey Brett, I have heard from very reliable sources that your wife has been cheating on you for a LONG time!  Wait til Aaron wins another one this year and then blows your wife a kiss!




Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Douche with a capital "D".  Hey Brett, I have it some reliablr sources that your wife is charing on you and has been for a LONG time.



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Come on Brett, SERIOUSLY?!?  



Since: Jun 9, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut. These guys never learn. Go away BF.



Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

You all must sit around an wait to make a comment on brett an then say why dont he just go fishing, hunting, or drive a tractor.  Bright people.  You all are what keeps it going.  He is going to get ask questions from time to time,  an you all will get on here an write the same junk. I wish some of your lives were in the spotlight maybe you would not be so condeming. Most people knows nothing about when everything you do an mistake you make gets scrutinized. I know he is not perfect no body is.COME ON MAN, 



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