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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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Comments

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Favre is awful - as a person.  I thought that Rodgers and the Packers winning the Super Bowl would shut up all of the Favre talk.
But here he comes again - so unbelievably insecure that he can't let Rodgers ever have his own glory - "surprised he didn't win it sooner...with all of the weapons..."  Got news for you - I am a Bears fan that watched a lot of Favre.  Aaron Rodgers RIGHT NOW IS BETTER THAN FAVRE EVER WAS.
Stop all the built up Favre media a$$ kissing love that he got all of those years.  He is tough as nails - no doubt - his starting streak is one of the most impressive records of any sport - but in talent, he was Tony Romo with more clutch wins, but could lose it for you just as fast as he won it.



Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:01 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Stay Classy Brett.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:59 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

For once I agree with Favre. Aaron "Don't Calle Me Mr." Rodgers should have won multiple SBs by now. He was trained by the great Brett Favre. Aaron Rodges is not that good a QB. Remember he had a funny hitch in his windup? It took him forever to get rid of it.



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:57 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!!



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

He needs to go away.

 If you guys want a laugh, google: "Brett Farve rise" and check out the video on you tube. NSF, I would post a link here, but I think that there is a little profanity.



Since: May 13, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:49 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

favre should've rode off into the sunset years ago.  i would think of him as a football hero.  Now he's just an annoying man with a small penis that STILL won't go away.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

typical packer fan in the pic above missing his nose when he's digging for gold...way to go!



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

In Favre's defense, if Rodgers has the Jimmy Johnson & Barry Switzer coached roster of the Cowboys and then there was Steve Young's 49ers to play every season in the NFC playoffs, he wins something sooner too. Add he would have to go and matchup with John Elway and maybe GB & Rodgers has to wait too ?

 

So you're defending Favre, that should make this easier...Rodgers plays for the Packers?  Cowboys?  which is coached by Barry Switzer + Jimmy Johnson?  Er, okay.  And we play Steve Young and the 49ers in the NFC playoffs...but that sounds tough, I thought you were defending Favre.  Now we matchup against....wha??  *brain aneurysm*   Derrrrr......




Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Everyone sends pictures of their junk don't they?



Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

  Why cant Brett just go away?  Probably because he wants to be in the lime light even when he has nothing to do with Aaron's maturity in what he has become. (A great QB and Leader)  Brett did not mentor Aaron at ALL, he wanted nothing to do with that scenario.  Yes!  Aaron watched and took notice of what to do like change plays to what the defense gave at the line of scrimmage and what not to do.  Like all the bad decisions Brett made especially late in ball games when the game was on the line.  Brett is/was an interception factory and I thank him personally for making Aaron a perfectionist in not throwing the Int.  As far as Brett saying he is surprised it took this long for Aaron to lead us to a SuperBowl Championship?  What a crock, in my opinion last year was the year we circled as our shot ever since Brett became a QUEEN.  So, I plead you Brett just go away and to the media please STOP!!!!  All of us are so tired of it.........................


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