|One teammate thinks Aaron Rodgers will be motivated by Brett Favre's remarks. (Getty Images)|
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Add another name to the list: Rodney Harrison, the former NFL player who now serves as a studio analyst for NBC's Football Night in America, is unimpressed with Brett Favre and his backhanded compliments. In case you missed it, Favre went on an Atlanta radio station to talk up Aaron Rodgers' successes since the ol' gunslinger left Green Bay after the 2008 season, but qualified his remarks by adding, "He just kind of fell into a good situation … [and] I’m really kind of surprised it took him so long" to win.
That went over about as well as a naughty text message.
A day later and folks are lining up to unload on Favre. Cue Harrison, who went on a two-minute tirade during an appearance on NBC SportsTalk.
"You know what, it's just so disappointing to see a guy retire, walk away from the game, and everything that he's accomplished in his career is now diminished," Harrison said. "What point does it serve for him to come out and criticize a guy like Aaron Rodgers, who's been a complete gentleman, a complete professional, a guy that's had so much success? Why wouldn't you root this guy on?
"These are the type of guys we need in the National Football League. You hear so much negativity surrounding our players, why can't you cheer for a guy like that? It just shows how classless and immature this guy is."
Harrison was asked if the remarks change the perception about Favre.
"Let me tell you something: this little comment didn't change what everyone else had been thinking the last two or three years about Brett Favre," Harrison said. "They know what Brett Favre is about -- he's about himself. He's about nothing else but himself. So I have a lot of respect for Aaron Rodgers and what he's accomplished. He's one of the top two or three quarterbacks in the National Football League, and he will continue to get better."
And what about the idea that Favre wasn't particularly interested in helping Rodgers after the Packers drafted him in 2005?
"Do you honestly believe … that Brett Favre was the type of guy that was going to help a young first-round stud coming in and taking his job?" Harrison asked rhetorically. "That's not in Brett Favre's nature. That's not in him to come out and help a guy like that. So does it surprise me? No it doesn't surprise me. Has the last three years of his career surprised me? No it hasn't surprised me. This is what Brett Favre is about. He's about Brett Favre and that's it."
Doesn't leave much room for interpretation.
PFT's Michael David Smith points us to Rodgers' teammate, linebacker Clay Matthews, who said Wednesday on Jim Rome Is Burning that while he doesn't want to make a big deal out of Favre's comments, he thinks it will motivate Rodgers nonetheless.
“I’m not going to get involved with that, but I know 12,” Matthews said, referencing Rodgers’ jersey number. “He hears those comments. It definitely fuels the fire. He’s playing outstanding ball but it’s only going to continue to exacerbate the situation and continue to step his game up, so I’m just looking forward to having him on my team and to see what he is able to do.”
Back in February, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote that Favre apparently wanted to reach out to Rodgers to settle their past differences, but was afraid he might come off looking bad.
“This is one of those situations where Brett can’t win,” the player, who didn’t want his name used, said. “If he calls Aaron it looks like he’s grandstanding. If he doesn’t, he seems like he’s selfish and inconsiderate. I can tell you Brett wants to speak to Aaron. He really does and it’s sincere. I don’t know if they’ve spoken yet. I just know Brett wants to bury the hatchet.”
The solution, clearly, was for Favre to take his message to the radio.
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