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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: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:37 am

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Give it a break with the Favre-bashing.  He was a great player.  He said nothing wrong.  He said his old team is great and so is its new(er) quarterback.  And they are.  Big deal. 

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:09 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Hell, if Favre wasn't blockin' stuff up, the Packers probably would've won a couple of more Super Bowls. Here's to you, ol' gunslinger...Mr. "You can't get to #4 without 1+2+MEEEEEE!!!!" 

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 7:34 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Favre was the "mentor" prima donna,  while Rodgers was on the bench, preventing him from winning a championship during those six years (gasp).  Took Rodgers a lot less than that to win a title once he was in there (gasp).

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 6:58 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Brett Favre is an ass clown:

This is one of the greatest rips on Favre I've ever seen.   My favourite line:

"In the Super Bowl you did win, it was Desmond Howard--and not you--awarded the game-day MVP award.  It took you some time to get your first ring, too."

Way to go Brett, you tarnished your legacy even more than you already have, you therapist-abusing, pill-popping, Wrangler-jeans wearing redneck.  I love what you did for the Green Bay franchise during your 16 year career there, but honestly, learn to accept reality.  The team has moved on, the team has a new leader, and it's not you.

You created excitement for Green Bay fans for a number of years Brett, and the fans loved you for it.  But it's someone else's turn.  It's someone else's time.  The future is #12 and as that sign says, 12 > 4.  Enjoy your retirement Brett...wear those Wrangler jeans.     
;     &nbs

Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 6:51 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

I think you forget that Reggie White and his ability to bring a lot of great players with him, had just as much to do with those SB as Favre did.  I am not a Favre hater in the least.  I am actually one of few, who could care less.  I am a Packer fan, I am routing for whoever is a Packer.  However, I can remember clearly life with Favre....I would take Rodgers over Favre any day.  That includes Rodgers from 2 years ago as well.  He makes better decisions, is more mobile and has a great arm.  Don't forget, for most of Favres career, espically late in his career, he had a phenomenal offensive line.  Favre had all day, where Rodgers constantly has to scramble.

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 6:49 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Brett Farve was a great QB so was Bart starr and A-rod. if Bart said this about Brett everyone would of said oh its ok its Bart Starr.. Now that Brett said it and remember he was traded he didnt leave on Free agency and he played for teams we didnt like, but the truth of it was its a part of the game. SO FOR ALL YOU NON PACKER FANS COMMENTING YOU HAVE NO SAY. Especially those from Idaho Montana you guys dont even have a pro team. any ways whos undefeated GO PACK GOMoney mouth

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 5:20 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

"I am 63 been a Packer fan since I new what football was and always will be a Packer fan. I want to remind all of you Favre haters out there of this. He took us to two straight Super Bowls and won one of them. Reggie white and the great defense could not stop Denvers running game Favre had the lead in that game. Phil 4th and forever (26 yards) and the great defense could not stop it Favre had the lead in that game. The New York Giants the Great Defense could stop Tyree and ELI Who and Favre had the lead in that game. You are correct Favre should have 4 SB Wins maybe 5 but piss poor defense caused that not to happen, it was not Brett Favre. Time to move on folks quit the bashing we were horseshit in Green Bay until he got there remember that and remember the good times. I hope and wish and pray Rodgers can continue to win for the Packers, like I said I will always be a Packer Fan."


I'm pretty indifferent to this whole discussion right now, although I'll freely admit some of the shine has come off my memories of Favre with his antics.  Bottom line, Favre is gone and Thompson has an adequate replacement, regardless of what really happened between Favre and the Packers.  And you have some points, but you can't defend Favre with the same argument he's using against Rodgers.  How many games did the DEFENSE drop for Rodgers his first year starting?  More than one.  Or his first playoff game?  He put up 40+ points, you can't ask for much more from an offense. 

The point where I do take a bit of issue with is your assertion that Favre is the one person that turned Green Bay around.  That's simply not true.  It was Wolf, and the change of the rules in the early 90's that let small markets compete more easily with big markets.  You think the Packers would have been able to get Reggie White, or even keep Favre if they were playing under the old rules?  Yeah right, they'd be stuck in small market hell like most baseball teams.  The draft players and hope you don't whiff too often, cause the big dogs will take every good player once they hit free agency.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 3:56 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

For those of you who insist Favre lost the NFC championship game to the Saints please refresh my memory as to how many fumbles Adrian Peterson had.  I know he threw an interception at a critical point in the game but they would have run away with that game if Peterson didn't repeatedly cough up the ball.  But yeah it's all Brett's fault.  Geez.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:47 am

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Just go away Brett and do yourWrangler commercials. GB has moved on so should you. 

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:10 am

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

If Rodgers ever does a Wrangler commercial they will have to put Favre on a suicide watch.

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