On Tuesday, Aaron Rodgers showed up to Green Bay Packers training camp. After a long offseason of veiled and not-so-veiled barbs thrown the organization's way, Rodgers unloaded all of his frustrations (and the reasons for them) during a winding camp-opening media availability on Wednesday.
One thing Rodgers said during that availability that was quite interesting pertained to comparisons between himself and his predecessor, Brett Favre. "You can't compare the last years of Favre's career and compare them to mine," Rodgers said.
Of course, Favre flirted with retirement on a seemingly annual basis toward the tail end of his career, but kept coming back for "one more year," and the Packers kept holding off Rodgers' ascension to the starting quarterback role. Rodgers was drafted in 2005, but didn't become the team's starter until 2008.
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During that time, Favre completed only 61% of his passes at an average of 6.8 yards per attempt, and threw 66 touchdown passes against 62 interceptions. He threw a league-high 29 picks in 2005, had a negative or dead-even touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2005 (20 to 29) and 2006 (18 to 18), and even during his bounce-back 2007 campaign, he still threw more interceptions (15) than Rodgers has in any season of his career.
Rodgers' play saw a bit of a dip as he became less efficient from 2015 through 2019 than he was during his MVP heyday, but even during that period he still performed at a considerably above-average level and got better than average results in his passing statistics and the win-loss column, going 43-27-1 as a starter during that five-year span.
In other words, Rodgers is right. Any comparison between the respective ends of his and Favre's careers in Green Bay should begin and end with the fact that they both played for the Packers and the organization drafted their successor before they were ready to call it quits.