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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: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Shut up Favre.  It took you too long to retire.



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Wow you are a nimrod. Let's see. It took Favre 5 years as a starter to win a title. It took Rodgers TWO. Favre never got Superbowl MVP, Rodgers did on his first try. Your Bears are in for a very rough time as long as Rodgers is in Green Bay. Favre leads the all-time career list with interceptions. Do your homework next time. 



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

I blame the Packer's fans for the monster they created in Brett Favre. They built up his ego over the years until he retired. Then when Packer's management told Favre "no" to coming back the fans were STILL begging for more. Once he finally left the town of Green Bay - the fans turned on him for doing what he had been doing for years with them.

You created the monster in Favre so you can live with his stupid retorics!




Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

You guys are the ones who can't leave it alone.  AND ESPN and the rest of the meda.  How can you send a little reproterette to hang out in his front yard and report on his every move then complain about the coverage?  If you guys would just leave Favre alone he wouldn't BE in the news all the time.  The only one who gets more coverage is Tim Tebow and he's as irrelevant as Favre at this point!  Spare us all the "news" on both until they do something that's actually newsworthy.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

A-Rod thrives on having a chip on his shoulder.  My money is that the Favre comments were deliberate and he wanted to make sure Rodgers wasn't complacent. 

No he doesn't.  Rodgers plays great when he's mad, sad, happy, or indifferent.  It's just that when people knock him and he has a great run of games they conclude that their criticism caused him play well when in reality he is just a cold blooded assassin every day.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Dementia pugilistica.



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

I think i speak for a lot of Packer fans when I say he can retire a viking. He showed his true colors at the end, Brett who? Aaron will win more titles than that piece of s**t!




Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Favre I believe is also the career leader in fumbles.  If not for the streak, Favre would be another QB who won 1 Superbowl.  I don't want to hear he played hurt.  They all do.  It is the NFL.  If he was hurt to the point that his performance hurt his team (see Jets for instance) then he should not have played and demonstrated that it was all about him and the streak.  Funny how both the Jets and Vikings had to rebuild after his stint with them. 
Favre is selfish and pompous.  If he was as good as he thinks he is, he would have won 3 or 4 Superbowls.  Favre will go the HoF.  But if ESPN did a lifetime QBR for him, my guess is it would be about 60.



Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

Through the years one thing has become crystal clear to me, Favre and Clemens are long lost brothers.




Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Favre surprised it took Rodgers 'so long' to win

A-Rod thrives on having a chip on his shoulder.  My money is that the Favre comments were deliberate and he wanted to make sure Rodgers wasn't complacent.  

The rest of the country may only remember Favre for the Jets/Vikes fiasco, but he played 17 years in tiny Green Bay.  It wouldn't surprise me at all if he's just trying to help the team that gave him a chance. 


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