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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
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."'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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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:18 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Favre is starting to resemble Joe Biden in that the more he opens his mouth to any media organization the more he embarrasses himself.

My advice to Brett is to stay away from live microphones unless you are aware of the consequences that will result from what you say.

If he continues to make ridiculous statements like this, his relationship with the Packer organization, as well as current players, former players, and fans will be in danger of deteriorating to the point that it may be beyond repair, which would be extremely unfortunate.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:13 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

I also think some people are a little too quick to crown Rodgers. He's obviously a good QB, and has handled the transition very well to starting QB, dealing with all the distractions and so forth. You have to remember Rodgers is playing with a'lot of talent around him. Plus the NFL today is much different than 10 or 15 years ago. The league has basically handcuffed the defense, so now it's like Madden ball every weekend. Brady is throwing for 500 yards and a slew of rookies are racking up the yards. For the love of God Curtis Painter put up 300 passing yards yesterday in his FIRST START! It's really quite a joke, but heck, it gets raitings.

Since: Jun 3, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:11 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Let me guess this straight....he's not a punk because he set an iron man recored?...who gives a crap...he's a dolt......a media coddled piece of crap

Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:09 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

3. The offensive line is outstanding.
I wouldn't say that the line is outstanding.  But if you read the article, it starts out about him.  About Favre.  He can't let it go.  He never could.  I pains him so much to be out of the spotlight that he has the gall to start out about him and his days, which he did retire TO PURPOSELY PLAY SOMEWHERE ELSE because the writing WAS on the wall.  Rodgers IS better than Favre.  In my opinion, and god knows I'm not a Packer fan, he is the best QB playing today and has the potetial to go down as the best!  Rodgers throws are better, his decision making is well beyond Brent's, and his knowledge of what McCarthy and his coaches wanted out of him is better.  Brent's problem was that once Holmgren left no one else was there to reign in Brent.  Brent is #1 in his head.  He isn't the greatest to ever play, he just happened to play the longest.  Sure he holds the most TD's thrown, but it's not a coincidence he also owns the INT record.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:06 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Brett farve is an anus.........If I were Rogers, I'd diss the overrated moron...........his record in the playoffs against dallas is 0 for......he's a punk

You're a silly man. I don't think you can call anyone a "punk" who set iron man records for consecutive games played (including after his dad's death), playing a position where you're the target of 6-5, 280 lb defensive ends.  As one of the other posters said, despite the picks, he made everyone around him better. Ask Sidney Rice, Javon Walker, etc. Without him the Vikings and the Packers aren't in the NFC championship in the first place. Also, as another poster said, I don't think he's playing "mind games", the guy is just a klutz sometimes, as you would be if you had a microphone in front of your face all the time.

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:02 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

I would take Aaron Rodgers over Favre in his "hey day" any day of the week!

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:00 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Last thing....if Dallas and SF werent as strong as they were in the early to mid 90's, Favre could have gone to 3 or 4 more SB's.  But they werent! 

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:59 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

I'm surprised it took "so long" for Favre to try to grab some more undeserved attention. What's in been...days?

Since: Mar 13, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:59 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Being a HUGE Packers fan, I'm a huge fan of Favre and naturally of Rodgers. I totally don't get the spin these writers put on their Favre stories. "The fake retirement"? That wasn't fake, he did retire! Yes, unfortunately he did waffle over retirement the last couple years in GB. Should have said nothing and just announced his retirement, agreed. But Favre is right on a couple notes. 1. Rodgers did get to sit and watch a hall of famer. 
2. Rodgers is loaded with an arsenol of weapons, the quality of players that Favre DID NOT HAVE! The Pack is loaded with playmakers unlike in the past. 3. The offensive line is outstanding. All of those points are accurate statements. That all being said, I think Rodgers is a better QB than Favre was but there is no question, Rodgers does have a much better team around him than Favre did most of his career and Favre's comments are reasonably accurate.

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:57 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

One more thing, I think the Packers and Rodgers are in for something way more special then Favre was apart of(back to back SB's).  Obviously depending on Injuries, free agency, etc. I think the Packers are inline for a run like the Pats in the early 2000's.  The thing this team has on its side is youth and they have most of the starters locked up for 3 or more year..i believe.  Not sure on everyone's contract status. 

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