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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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Since: Jun 3, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:56 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



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Listen, Favre was an excellent quarterback and so is Rodgers.  There can be no argument there.  But, Rodgers has class and that is a really big deal.  Favre has no class, but let's be honest, that is not a surprise.  So, that being said, this is a non-story.  Was Favre subtly taking a dig at Rodgers?  Who knows.  You can't just read a transcript of the conversation and know that.  I personally feel that Favre is too stupid to say anything subtle.  He does not even know what "subtle" means.  He is just opening his mouth and talking.  Half of what he says either makes no sense or is a lie.  So, I will give Favre a pass here.  I do not think he was trying to embarrass Rodgers.  Plus, how could he?  The guy is at the top of his game and is probably the best QB in the league.  



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Favre lost out on being one of the most cherished players to put on a Packers uniform as well as an NFL uniform EVER. All he had to do was retire and not play games.  But that was his character.  I never liked Favre but dang could he play. Even with all the bad in game decisions.  He definitely never had the weapons around him that Rodgers does now.  And I like Rodgers as a player way more than I ever did Favre but the truth is....Favre made all the players around him better.  Also, I need to give props to Ted Thompson for putting and drafting the teams that are going onto the field.  I questioned the Packers hiring when they did and take back an questions I had.  I didnt think we would be good putting a team together thru the draft but he has done it. I feel like thats a huge difference....the GM's both have had in their prime.  



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Oh everyone chill out, overreacting to every thing, thinking the worst whenever these athletes make a public statements If they were to censor themselves, you'd call them "boring." He just repeated what he said years ago, that the team was loaded with talent. If anything that's a selfLESS statement, since he was saying it's not all about Brett or the QB, but instead about the other 45 guys on the roster. And as far as everyone forgetting about Favre in Green Bay or Wisconsin, that's ridiculous. The guy helped put Green Bay back on the map. Anyone whose followed football the last 30 years would know that the Packers were lousey during much of the 70s and 80s, Favre helped change that, and he did it in an era when the NFL wasn't as pass happy as it is today.. So give credit where credit is due, don't get your panties in a bunch.


Einsamer Wolf
Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:47 pm
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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Man these writers are such hacks its hilarious.  The more they try the more stupid they look.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

STFU Favre. Who cares how long it took Aaron to to be where he is at right now. All I know is people in Green Bay don't even miss you anymore. By the time he retires, he will have more wins and rings than you. One of the reason it took him this long is because people keeps comparing him with you, they want him to be you  but now they finally realize that he is not you because he will be better than you. Actually, he IS better than you.


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