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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

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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.

Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers presented an NFL award together, and it got semi-awkward (Video)

Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers reunited on a public stage for the first time since Favre retired following the 2010 NFL season.

The relationship between the two was an interesting one. Rodgers was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and expected to eventually replace an aging Favre. He sat on the bench for three seasons and finally thought he would get to start in 2008 after Favre retired. Favre unretired, causing an extraordinarily difficult situation for the Packers, who chose to move forward with Rodgers and trade their former quarterback to the New York Jets.

Favre and Rodgers squared off after Favre retired/unretired again and went to the rival Minnesota Vikings for two seasons. Though Favre initially got the best of Green Bay going 2-0 against them in 2009, Rodgers got him back by beating the Vikings twice in 2010.

The two former MVP quarterbacks were paired together to present the 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award at the “NFL Honors” show on Saturday in New Orleans. They went through a scripted routine that included some jokes about Favre coming back from retirement. They patted each other on the back, shared a handshake, and then things got awkward when they couldn’t decide if they should go in for the bro hug to complement the shake. We don’t know if the awkward shake/hug was part of the script or not, but it sure was interesting to watch, especially after Rodgers said, “that was awkward.”

They then presented the award to Peyton Manning, who predicted he would one day be in a similar situation presenting an award alongside Andrew Luck, who replaced him as the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback.

As far as the handshake/hug goes, I tend to think it was intentionally awkward. Why? The two looked pretty comfortable together backstage:

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Brett Favre on reconciling with the Packers: ‘I know that day will come’

The day will soon come when Brett Favre and the Packers decide to play nice. The way their relationship ended was obviously less than ideal, but time heals all. When you consider the fact that Favre played 16 seasons with the Packers and brought Green Bay a Super Bowl, it would be crazy to think the feud will last forever.

During a recent interview with ESPN’s Mike Tirico, Favre sounded open to making the way his relationship ended with the team a thing of the past.

“I know that day (will come),” Favre said according ESPNMilwaukee.com. “How that will unfold, I have no idea when that will happen. I don’t think their side is thinking about it. They’re trying to figure out how to get back to the Super Bowl, and really I’ve got my plate full. I think that’s good for both sides, not that we don’t need to shake hands and move on. I think in some ways that has happened, but you know, I do see the day, it’s going to happen. When? I have no idea.

“You look at Lambeau Field and where that place has gone and how it’s evolved, I can’t help but feel a sense of being a part of that. And so, even though it’s a shame the way things went down between I and the Packers, as time goes by, you just kind of, it’s kind of like a grudge, you just kind of get over it.”

Back in July, Favre gave an indication that he was ready to move on when he praised Aaron Rodgers and talked about what a well-rounded player he is. Prior to that, the Packers said they would probably wait a year or two before retiring Favre’s jersey just to let some of the bitter feelings pass.

The bottom line is Favre loves attention, so he’s not going to be able to resist accepting any type of offer the Packers might make to honor him. Although he became an annoying drama queen over the past few years, Favre probably deserves recognition for his remarkable career.

H/T Game On!

Brett Favre reportedly will be offensive coordinator at Hattiesburg high school

Brett Favre’s playing days may be over, but the former quarterback is not done with football.

According to WDAM in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Favre is expected to be named offensive coordinator of a local high school football team next week.

Nevil Barr, the head coach at Oak Grove High School in Lamar County, told WDAM that no decision on Favre has been made, but he told The Associated Press that Favre will have some coaching role with the team.

Favre’s longtime agent Bus Cook likes the idea of Favre working with the team.

“He is taking a job out there,” Cook told the Biloxi Sun Herald. “He is going out there, and it will give him something to do.”

If you’re wondering what a sample practice schedule for Oak Grove will look like with Favre in charge, DJ Gallo has you covered with this hilarious take.

Brett Favre says he played in 2010 because of the money

While some athletes try to convince us that they’re not about the money, at least Brett Favre admits it when he was.

The former three-time NFL MVP told Deion Sanders in part two of an interview for NFL Network that he returned to the Vikings for the 2010 season primarily because of the money.

“The money was too good. The money was too good, and I hate to say it’s about money,” Favre told Sanders, per ESPN Milwaukee. “I felt the money was a lot, but the guys, I kind of felt like even though I knew it was going to be next to impossible [to duplicate the previous season] – I wouldn’t tell them [that] – Sidney [Rice], Jared [Allen], [Steve] Hutchinson and Adrian [Peterson], they were like, ‘Unfinished business.’ I just knew that it probably was finished, but I did feel like if I didn’t try it …”

Favre had a spectacular 2009 season throwing for 33 touchdowns and a career-low 7 interceptions while leading the Vikings to a 12-4 season and NFC Championship Game loss to the Saints. He ended up being right about the business being finished, because in 2010 he threw for just 11 touchdowns and 19 interceptions and had his consecutive games streak snapped. The team went 6-10 that year.

Favre also told Sanders that all the attention when he signed with the Vikings was overwhelming (hard to believe, right?) and that he felt it was going to be extremely difficult to live up to the hype.

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Brett Favre trying to repair his relationship with the Packers?

For 16 years, Brett Favre was the face of the Green Bay Packers before an unretirement led to him being shipped out in what all amounted to an ugly sports divorce. He went and chased massage therapists and sideline reporters (allegedly) during a lackluster year with the Jets. And then he did age-defying things his first year in Minnesota, followed by a year of doing age-obliging things.

But it was during those years away from Green Bay, especially the years with the conference-rival Vikings, that Favre fell out of Packers fans’ good graces. The lack of compliments for Aaron Rodgers and also the thinly veiled shots directed at his successor probably didn’t help Favre’s standing either.

However, now it seems Favre is working on mending fences. That starts by paying Rodgers those compliments Favre seemed so unwilling to give in the first place.

“Aaron Rodgers, I knew when I left, this guy has all the tools,” Favre said in an interview with NFL Network. “He can beat you with his feet. He’s got a great arm, extremely accurate, handles the cast around him perfect. I think that’s the key sometimes. I think that’s what (Tom) Brady has done. Regardless of who you put out there, he’s good. That to me is the mark of a good quarterback.”

Granted, it’s not much. But, if Favre’s intentions are truly to smooth over a damaged relationship with the Packers, comparing Rodgers to Tom Brady isn’t a bad place to start. Favre, whether Packers fans like it or not, is going to return to Lambeau when his number is retired by the team. It’s inevitable. He might not return to the level of popularity he had when he was leading the team to Super Bowls, but it’s hard imagining cheese heads staying mad at Favre forever and booing him at his own number retirement ceremony. One day Packers fans are going to look back at these anti-Favre years and laugh.

H/T Pro Football Talk