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Brett Favre: Aaron Rodgers will shatter all my Green Bay Packers records

Brett-Favre-Aaron-RodgersBrett Favre and the Green Bay Packers continue to inch closer to burying the hatchet. There has always been a noticeable amount of tension between Favre and Aaron Rodgers since the Packers decided to commit to the former Cal star as their quarterback of the future, but it appears the Ole Gunslinger is even ready to move on from that.

During an interview with Bruce Murray and Jim Miller on Sirius XM NFL Radio Thursday, Favre said he believes Rodgers could end up with a better legacy than his in Green Bay when his career is over.

“Aaron has played extremely well, probably even better than anyone anticipated, but I knew he was capable of that and that’s why they drafted him,” Favre said, via Pro Football Talk. “Barring any injury he’ll shatter everything I ever did there except for maybe consecutive games.”

Last week, Favre even took some of the blame for the way his career with the Packers ended. He alluded to that again on Thursday, saying he understood the team’s perspective when it came to going with Rodgers over him.

“I understood that they had a young quarterback who had tremendous potential, that they had to find out what he could do,” Favre said. “And, quite frankly, I had probably my best year in 16 years that past season and there’s two ways to look at that. If you’re in the organization and you’re making decisions you got to feel like, ‘OK, he had a great year but he’s probably maxed out.’ That’s kind of what I would have been thinking.”

Again, it is starting to sound like Favre is ready to see his number retired at Lambeau Field. With the way things have been going, I’d say it’s a safe bet that will be happening sooner rather than later.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Brett Favre on departure from Green Bay Packers: ‘I was at fault’

Packers-waiting-to-retire-Brett-Favre-jerseyBrett Favre and the Green Bay Packers are well on their way to making nice. The relationship ended on sour terms, but at the end of the day Favre is a Lambeau legend who is going to receive a warm reception when he decides to return.

Last year, Favre expressed confidence that his day of reconciliation with the Packers will eventually come. During an interview with Joe Buscaglia on WGR 550 in Buffalo on Thursday, he hinted that it may be coming sooner rather than later.

“The things that transpired that led to us ‘breaking up’ if you will, to me, are over and done with,” Favre said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “When will that happen? I don’t think either side is trying to push the issue . I think (Packers CEO) Mark Murphy — and Mark really came in the last few weeks of my career in Green Bay — he kind of came into a hornet’s nest if you will. He’s been extremely great in trying to make this work.

“In our discussions, it will happen. I think both sides are genuine. I know they are. And that’s the way it has to come across because that’s the way it should be. We don’t want to go out there waving to the crowd with our backs to each other. And I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

Even Aaron Rodgers feels that it is time for Favre and the team to bury the hatchet, which is saying a lot coming from a guy who took Favre’s job and has had some awkward moments with him.

Perhaps the most surprising part of the interview came when Favre actually took some of the blame for the way things ended.

“It is what it is,” he said.  “It’s over and done with. I was at fault. I feel that both sides had a part in it. If you could go back would I or them have done things differently? I’m sure both sides would. But you can’t.”

Close enough. Maybe this guy is more anxious for his standing ovation than we thought. Whether you were annoyed by the way his career ended or not, it’s tough to argue that Favre doesn’t deserve it.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Greg Jennings takes Brett Favre over Aaron Rodgers, won’t mention Rodgers by name

Greg-Jennings-Brett-Favre-PackersGreg Jennings went from fan favorite to enemy the second he decided to jump from the Green Bay Packers to the Minnesota Vikings. The wide receiver who brought Green Bay fans more than 6,000 yards and 53 touchdowns in seven seasons and helped win a Super Bowl is now wearing purple. Not only has he joined a rival, but Jennings also refuses to mention his former quarterback by name.

Whether by coincidence or not, Jennings avoided saying the name Aaron Rodgers in a recent interview with the Pioneer Press. He also said he would take Brett Favre over Rodgers when discussing how the two compare to Christian Ponder.

“When you talk about comparing quarterbacks, it’s hard to compare guys,” Jennings said. “I’ll take Brett. He did it for so long. I got there in a period of time where Brett already was there (as an elite quarterback). Then the guy they have now, he sat behind Brett and he learned so much.

“Christian didn’t really have that opportunity. He had to jump in. The way you compare them has to be a little different. The guy they have now (Rodgers) was (essentially) a veteran rookie. It’s a little different, but Christian has tremendous upside. I think what I see now is a quarterback who’s maturing and who’s growing and wanting to learn and grow, which is huge.”

The guy they have now, huh? That “guy” is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL and has already won a Super Bowl before his 30th birthday. That “guy” leaned heavily on Jennings before injuries forced him down the depth chart, which was not the quarterback’s fault.

Donald Driver would strongly disagree with Jennings’ assessment. Again, this could be a coincidence. Maybe we shouldn’t read into the fact that Jennings said “Brett” three times but referred to Rodgers as “the guy they have now” on multiple occasions. Whatever the case, the comments will likely help Packers fans figure out how to boo a player who gave them several great seasons.

Brett Favre: I got knocked out cold on the last play of my career

Brett-Favre-sackWhether you grew to hate Brett Favre or not down the final stretch of his career, you have to admit his consecutive games played streak was impressive. Favre played in 16 regular season games through the first 19 years of his career before an injury kept him out of the Minnesota Vikings’ last few in 2010.

You know it had to be something serious for Favre to allow his streak to come to an end the following week, and it certainly was from the sound of it.  Favre recently told “BaD Radio” on KTKC in Dallas that he was knocked out cold on the final play of his career against the Chicago Bears.

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Brett Favre dreamed of playing for Dallas Cowboys

Before leaving for the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, Brett Favre was considered an iconic Green Bay Packers player. He probably is still viewed that way by many. But did you know that Favre was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan growing up and that he dreamed of playing for the organization?

Favre spoke at an SMU luncheon on Friday and reflected about the Packers’ difficulties beating the Cowboys in the playoffs. He also said that despite being born and raised in Mississippi, the struggles of the New Orleans Saints led him to become a Cowboys fan.

“I grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan. I loved Roger Staubach,” Favre said via the Dallas Morning News’ Jon Machota. “That was back when teams kept the same players on the roster for a long time. Drew Pearson, Randy White, Charlie Waters, Danny White, Robert Newhouse, Tony Dorsett, Billy Joe DuPree, I could go just on and on. I always dreamed of playing for the Cowboys, playing in the Super Bowl.”

Favre ended up playing in the Super Bowl twice and winning one, though it was with the Packers. I’m sure he’s not complaining about that. This might be old news, but I didn’t know that Favre was a huge Cowboys fan growing up. It’s funny to think that one of most iconic Packers of all time always wanted to play for one of their NFC rivals.

Brett Favre helped convince Greg Jennings to sign with the Vikings

Greg-Jennings-Brett-Favre-PackersThe Green Bay Packers did not want to pay Greg Jennings the same amount of money some other teams on the open market were willing to spend, so the two-time Pro Bowler decided to stick it to them by signing a five-year, $45 million with the Minnesota Vikings. As Brett Favre, Darren Sharper and Ryan Longwell could tell you, jumping from the Packers to their NFC North rivals is nothing new. In fact, Jennings says Favre helped him decide that Minnesota was the best place to continue his career.

“Literally, as I got off the plane and (offensive coordinator Bill) Musgrave walked up to me, I’m on the phone with Brett,” Jennings told KFAN’s Paul Allen on Monday, via Scout.com. “I spoke with Brett two or three times throughout this process. He shot me straight. I knew if there was one person that would shoot straight and tell me exactly what I wanted to hear and things I possibly didn’t want to hear, it would be Brett. He did that for me.”

I wonder if Favre advised Jennings to first retire, then come back, then retire again and then join the Vikings. It seemed to work out nicely for Brett, who had one of the best years of his career in 2009 with Minnesota before actually retiring following the 2010 season.

While we’re not surprised that Favre would be convincing guys to leave Green Bay and join a rival, it must be weird for Packers fans. Usually when a player spends 17 seasons with a team he becomes a spokesman for that team upon retiring — even if he ended his career elsewhere. I doubt you’d see Joe Montana trying to convince players to go to the Kansas City Chiefs instead of the San Francisco 49ers. Perhaps this will push back that expected date of reconciliation a little bit more.

Aaron Rodgers: It’s time for Packers, Brett Favre to mend relationship

Brett Favre Aaron Rodgers award

Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre presented an award together at the “NFL Honors” show Super Bowl weekend, and the current Packers quarterback says the event was a big step in the healing process between Favre and Green Bay. During his radio show on Tuesday, Rodgers said he hopes Packers fans and the organization are ready to reconcile with their former quarterback.

“As the face of the franchise now, (it’s) a role that I take very seriously. I have the responsibility and enjoy having the opportunity to represent my team,” Rodgers said on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN. “I think it’s important to realize that it is time to probably time to move forward.”

Rodgers says the producer of the show, with whom he is friends, asked him a week in advance if he would be interested in presenting an award with Favre. He thought about it and decided it would be a good thing to do.

“They pitched to me this idea of presenting with Brett, just to see how I would feel about it. And I thought about it for a little bit, but I really felt strongly that it was going to be a good thing for both of us and for Packer Nation,” Rodgers said, via ESPN Milwaukee.

Rodgers also confirmed that the “awkward” moment between him and Favre on stage was intentional, and that parts were scripted and others ad-libbed. He and Favre talked over the phone before presenting the award together and seemed to hash things out.

“Brett is two years removed from the game. He’ll be in the Packer Hall of Fame. He’ll have his number retired. He will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the next few years. . . . I thought it was good timing to just let the fans know, let Brett know, let’s move forward. Let’s heal things up and let’s move forward.

“I think this was a good thing for our team, good thing for our organization and hopefully Packer fans feel the same way. Things happen and I think it is important to move forward and for the healing process to begin,” said Rodgers.

It will be interesting to see if the team and fans follow Rodgers’ lead in welcoming back Favre. Like Rodgers says, it’s probably time to move forward.