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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: May 20, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:30 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Is anyone surprised by Favre's classless comments. Please remember that this is the guy who, at the age of 38, sent a picture of his junk to a youg woman working for the Jets. At least he had the excuse of drinking too much in his early years in the league.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:29 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Favre doesn't need to be defended for how long it took him to win a Super Bowl...he won it in what, his 4th season....the problem with Favre is that in 12 playoff appearances he only won 1 Super Bowl.  Of course, Dan Marino and Fran Tarkenton would take just 1.

Since: Sep 9, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:28 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Be objective about what is being said. Compare the two of them at the same age and Farve is probrably equally talented; they both have unbelieavalbe intagibles . . . who knows Rodgers may end up being one of the best. I do think Rodgers is doing well at taking the higher road, but the Packers were virtually irrelevant in the legue until Favre took over Mackowski, so Green Bay is and should be indebted to Favre in a similar way that the Dolphins are to Marino or the Broncos are to Elway. The transition was a debacle not because of the players, but because of management.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:26 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

I'm not a Packers fan but for anyone to say Rodgers is better than he was either is in their 20's and didn't see Favre in his prime or has brain damage.  The Favre act got old.  I get it.  However, the guy was an all-time great.  In a sport where greatness is synonymous with toughness, Favre is at or near the top of both lists.  Rodgers, a highly skilled player no doubt, is a long ways away from even meriting a comparison to Favre.  As another poster pointed out, Favre had to play against some all-time greats like the Dallas and 49er teams of the 90's to get to the Super Bowl and then they ran into Elway.  Rodgers had to beat Jay Cutler and the Bears? C'mon.  

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:23 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Gotta say I absolutly LOVED the Amercian Mustache Institute interviewe Aaron did . Funny stuff .
Glad to know that not all NFL superstars have their heads in the clouds and are every day Joe's .

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:21 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Favres comments were completely ridiculous. What a complete jerk. As a player, i thought he was great. I would have loved to have see him win a Super Bowl with the Vikings. That was an amazing year, maybe  his best. And to the people bashing him, saying that he held on way to long after his skills dropped off, that amazing year was 2 years ago. He was one of the greats, a sure HOFer. That being said, what a giant douchbag he is as a person. He basically tried to take credit for Rogers and his success. What an idiot. Hey Brett, go away, go hawk those new wranglers with the built in lens. Wish your ego was as small as your crank.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:15 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Wow! I do not know what is worse, the fact that CBS wants to slant everything Favre says or that you people are hating on him as much as you are. I think I read one post that said his longevity was the only reason he has all the records....well the dude that said that has an incredible grasp for the obvious!!! Of course that's why but the fact remains that he was able to play that long...consecutively! How many players at any position play that long? I will be willing to bet that most guys retire because they lost the will or couldn't physically perform at the NFL level any more without absolutely killing themselves in the off-season, not because they just don't want to play anymore. Don't be an idiot and re-post names like Sanders that left in their prime(by free will) because they are few and far between. How many of you are still playing flag football or mens league basketball or softball just because you want to compete??? Well, Favre was able to fuel his fire by playing at the HIGHEST level out there. I am sure the real Packers fans remember what they had before him and are damn glad he came via trade from Atlanta and that the "Magic Man" went down so the Favre era started. He made a lot of average players better with his play( 09 Vikes..and screw that interception, because without his play all year, we would not even have been there!!) especially recievers. In my eyes Favre will always have my respect as one of the greatest competitors to play the game, even when he was a Packer!!!

Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:13 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Favre is a jealous ego maniac jerk.He couldnt carry Rogers jock strap !!!!  He made more bad decisions as a QB than good and holds all the bad records.Terribly over rated.The way he has been hyped you wpuld think he won 5 super bowls,which Rogers may do by the time all is said and done.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:11 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Too bad I cannot give you a thumb up on your comment. This website needs to change the format a little.

Good comment.

Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:10 pm

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Oh, and we might have won in 07, had Rodgers started in the NFC Title game

Maybe i'm wrong, but didn't Rodgers take over pretty much the same team the following year and not make the playoffs?

 then he went to the Vikings and looked like an old fart... 

Once again I may be wrong, but didn't he take them to the NFC championship game...

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