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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: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:30 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Epic stach

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:28 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

man, it's people like you who forget "the whole body of work"...lets not forget brett WON a championship and led the pack to another SB and couldn't have been more beloved for MOST of that yeah i do think aaron benefited from alot of things including watching brett.  you must be like 25 or younger huh... cmon man know your stuff beore you post

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:27 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Rodgers is so much better than Favre ever was its not even funny anymore.  Favre was a
tough son of a bitch ill give him that but Rodgers is just a better passer period. Favre
forced a lot of his passes , Rodgers is just a pure passer.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:25 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Favre has always been about himself. He made each team go through a circus act every year when it came down to his decision on retiring. Each team could of signed other players to contracts instead that waited for selfish Favre to make up his mind. Granted he had some good years after Green Bay but for what? Another bonehead play that he thought he could pull off because he wanted to be the hero. If Aaron Rodgers continues his pace he will ecllipse Favre's legacy in Green Bay. Bottomline no player is bigger than the sport or the team he plays on.

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:16 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Let's me start this off by saying.  I am a Bears fan and I think the Bears have a bigger challenge facing Aaron Rogers than Brett Farve because of the one thing that Aaron has way over Favre... Accuracy.  And the dude is still learning, in the beggining of his career.  
If that GB defense gets it together and REALLY play consistant and solid, this 4-0 team right here, has the potential of going undefeated (of course health has to play in it as well).  The dude (Rogers) is smoke, you can't hardly touch him.
As Favre goes... you didn't want to help the dude, but I think he is right on one thing.  He had the benefit of sitting, getting the offense under one coach, but its not because he was watching what Favre did.  And when he took over, he was under the most amount of pressure of any 1st time starter because of the way Favre left the game.   

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:14 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Oh my cginmi!  You put me in tears!

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:14 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

I am as big a Packer fan as there is. Loved Favre when he was Favre and not this ridiculous caricature that he has become. Give him a couple of drinks and he will be Joe Namath hitting on female sideline reporters. Or at least texting them.

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:09 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win


Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:08 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Didn't Favre say the Vikings were the most talented team he very played with?  What does that say about him then?  What a turd.  Just go away. 

Since: Sep 10, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:06 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

He would have won the Superbowl sooner had you retired sooner you overrated POS!

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