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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: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:02 am
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Big ben not getting it done? he has already doubled favre's superbowl total and is a rebuilt offensive line and another receiver away from getting another one. Win, lose or draw. the steelers don't rebuild they reload. Big ben will keep on ticking even though now he's takin' a lickin'. Please don't sleep on the steelers. Oh they need help in the secondary and on the line. On second thought they are further than i had earlier realized but, Big ben does have 2 superbowl wins to favre's 1.



Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Thinks Big Ben to beat Favre's # for ints

I'm tickled that interception #'s were brought up.  Looks like Big Ben, and he appears to be zooming in, is attempting to beat Favre's interception #'s.  The unfortunate thing for Ben is that while Favre won with all those intercepts, Favre managed to pull off "miracle wins".  Big Ben ain't getting it done.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

I'm surprised that it took Bert so long to get to the press. Being a media whore, he should have them at his beck and call. I love that he's trying to make nice after years of trying to make life for the Packers as miserable as he could. Will he retire or won't he, for 5 years! And it would get later and later every year before he made up his mind. Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy were more than reasonable with allowing Bert to take his time.
Then he FINALLY retires, then unretires, and the Packers are suppose to give in to him.....again. Not this time! They were correct in giving the team to Rodgers, and telling Bert goodbye. Then trading him to the Jets, so he could call teams the Packers were playing, and telling them how to beat them. Truly a class act. He also never let any opportunity pass to throw TT and MM under the bus.
So now that he's finally retired, he so wants to get into the Packer Hall of Fame, he's trying to make nice. Lefthanded compliments about A.Rodgers, just show everybody what a petty, arrogant and most importantly, pitiful human being he's become.
He's a lock for the NFL HOF. But in my humble opinion, he should never, ever, be allowed into the Packer HOF.



Since: Oct 6, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win


Its funny how you get compared to when your gone.  Yes bret favre was one of the greats but lets not forget his worst accompishment (MOST INTERCEPTION PASSES) we are not critisising his wild playing tactics and his toughness on the field, but this is ROGERS show now.  Sure it took Rodgers long you just woudnt leave when we all new your time was up.  How many superbowls does Favre have?  Thats right just the one equal to Rodgers how many years does Rodgers have left?  How many more Superbowls will Rodgers win?  If your asking me have the fans of Green Bay forgotten about Favre i would say as long as Rodgers keep winning football games they may never remember as Favre being their favorite son.  Move over Favre there is a new gunslinger in town and he's not going anywhere!!!!




Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:27 pm
 

AW CUMMON!!!!

Favre's getting kicked around for his most recent and most regretable years.  The high school or college star that couldn't quite make it to the next level yet sits at the bar boring everyone with stories about how great he was at the time he was playing.  Favre WAS great!!  He thrilled me every bit as Joe Namath with his brashness, bragging and predictions (Namath - and even the panty hose thing.... hehe).   Favre who throws an interception or two in the first half, GB trailing and I would taunt my husband, a Vikings fan, BIG DEAL, we'll win in the end.  And the Packers would, much to my husband's ire.  The retirement/not retired thing saddened me.  It reminded me of my ex who thought he was better @ football than he really was and continued to be "that washed up jock".  At least now, while his every comment and action is sternly heckled, it appears he's trying to carve a new niche for himself.  He's not comfortable with his newest endeavors yet ~~~ but he's still the guy who kept you on the edge of your seat for years.  ALSO, does anyone remember how aweful (and I still think he's horrendous) Joe Theisman was when he started off as a commentator??  I liked him as a QB but he irritated the cuss out of me on TV.  So get off Favre's back, it makes all look immature.  Like it or not, he's GOING to be in the Hall of Fame and he LOVES football.  Give him a chance to at least try a new career.  If you don't like the TV station, change the channel!!! 



Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Farve is the man!! He taught Rodgers everything he knows and Aaron is just making money on Farve's greatness. Green Bay will never win another SuperBowl with Rodgers because Farve isnt around to tell him how to do it. Rodgers should retire and let Farve play again. I hate glory hogs like Rodgers who ride the coattails of Hall of Famers like Brett. Go Pack!!
  I really hope you are joking about these comments because if you are serious?  You have zero clue!!!!!!!!!  Favre taught Rodgers NOTHING!!!!  He would not even acknowledge his presence.  I also would point out that you should learn how to spell Brett Favre (not Farve 3x incorrect) before you allow yourself to be a Packers fan!  Matter of fact people like you should not even be allowed to be a fan...................


    



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

  1. I am sooooo tired of Farve.  In my opinion he is the most overrated QB of all-time.  He was good but not as good as the praise people can't wait to heap onto him.  He won only one Super Bowl (and the kick returner was the MVP).  I have news for you, when there is a SB game and the QB is not the MVP and to boot it is the kick returner then you didn't have a very good game.  He also lost by himself two championship games (against the Giants and against the Saints).  He is a gunslinger he makes a lot of great plays but also a ton of bad mistakes.  Except everyone forgets the mistakes, they only remember his successes.  He is a healthier version of Tony Romo.  I am a Cowboy fan but Romo is not close to being a Hall of Famer.  I don't know why everyone loves this guy so much.  Plus what he did to the Packers, Rodgers, and the Jets is pathetic.  When you announce your retirement stay retired don't expect to come back and expect to start.  This is the NFL he retired they moved on, if they would have given in to him that would have been a slap in the face of Rodgers.  Then after his season with the Jets he blames them for his poor performance. We all know full well that if they sat him he would of held his breath until he turned blue.  Everyone talks about his great game against the Raiders after his father died.  Well first of all he had the record going so you know he wasn't going to miss it (I know I would have grieved my father) but everyone forgets this "great game" was against a Raider team that finished 4-12.  Not exactly a world beater.  Now he cries that Rodgers has a great team so anyone could have won with them.  I really wish everyone would stop patronizing this guy and he would go away.  Again overrated he is good but not great.  Other than his passing numbers (anyone would get that if they played heathy for so long) which his competion record isn't great, he has done not much.  It is about winning and he only did it once.  I would love for someone to explain to me what makes him so great?  I don't see it.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Brett never had the team Rodgers has and took some really crappy teams to the playoffs.  Have you seen the Vikings lately.  C'mon 70,000 yards.  Rodgers has no chance to be better than Brett.  Rogers won't even be the best of his time, Brady with three, Ben with two, Brees with one.   I'll take those three over Rodgers any day. Do the math. 




Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:38 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

You remember how long it took you to win your first & only SUPER BOWL?
Do YOU remember, I think is the question. If my math is correct, Favre won the Super Bowl in his 6th season. *gasp* So did Rodgers! What a coincidence! Interesting how you go on and on about how many Brett won, yet Rodgers has no more. The Packers haven't even gotten back to the playoffs yet, so I think I would chill for a bit before you declare Rodgers the next Brady or something along the lines of that.



Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Brett, Brett. Give it a rest.  You remember how long it took you to win your first & only SUPER BOWL?  You should have been gone at least 5 yrs. sooner.  You were in the way of Rogers getting the time early on.  He don't need to comment on what took him so long. He's bigger than that.  He's trying to win it all again.  Did you ever win TWO?  In what almost 20 yrs.  You won ONE?  COME ON MAN.


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