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Brett Favre wishes he could have played 17-game season

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Plenty of current NFL players aren’t really eager to play a 17-game regular season. Brett Favre clearly does not share that point of view.

Favre told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday that he would have loved to play an extra regular season game during his career, adding that he finds it far superior to a full slate of four preseason games.

“I just wish that it would have happened while I was playing,” Favre said, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “I would much rather play an extra regular-season game or two or three than preseason. Yeah, you run the risk of injury or the percentages go up — I don’t know how much — but I would assume playing one series in a preseason game versus four quarters in a regular season game the percentages would go up.

“You know, I’ve said this my whole career. I’d much rather practice, study, do all the things you have to do, and at the end of the week play for real, versus maybe not even playing as some do during preseason. So I think [the 17-game schedule] is a really good thing. I just wish it would have happened while I was playing.”

Favre’s opinion would probably put him in the minority based on how some players responded to the change. That said, we’re talking about a guy who started 297 consecutive games at one point. He’d probably have happily played a 30-game season if he’d been asked to.

There’s a lot of talk that further expansion of the schedule will be on the table in the years to come. It remains to be seen if that will happen, or if Favre will be in favor of that, too.

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Brett Favre reveals what Aaron Rodgers told him in text message

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It is hard to imagine anyone having a better understanding of what Aaron Rodgers is going through than Brett Favre, and the Hall of Famer said he has spoken with his former teammate about the situation in Green Bay.

Favre spoke with the “Wilde & Tausch” show on 100.5 ESPN Madison on Wednesday morning about the drama surrounding Rodgers and the Packers. Favre said the difference between Rodgers’ situation and Favre’s situation in 2008 was that Green Bay was willing to trade Favre. The 51-year-old also shared a recent text message exchange he had with Rodgers in which he joked that the reigning NFL MVP might wind up with the New Orleans Saints.

Even if the Packers do give in and trade Rodgers, they are reportedly unwilling to send him to an NFC team. That could be why Rodgers does not envision himself playing for the Saints.

Favre was also asked if he believes Rodgers and the Packers can work through their differences. He said he doesn’t believe Rodgers will return to Green Bay this season.

Rodgers is upset that the Packers traded up in the first round to draft quarterback Jordan Love last year. Favre, of course, was upset when Green Bay wanted to replace him with Rodgers. The two may have had their differences years ago, but their relationship seems to have improved. They certainly have plenty in common.

Favre said a few months ago that he did not buy the talk of Rodgers leaving the Packers, but the circumstances were a lot different then. At this point, it sounds like there is only one move the Packers can make that would begin to satisfy Rodgers.

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Aaron Rodgers experiencing same issue Brett Favre had

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Aaron Rodgers is clearly unhappy that the Green Bay Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love last year. The irony of the situation is that there is no player in the NFL who understands what it is like to be in Love’s position more than Rodgers.

Rodgers, of course, was drafted by Green Bay in the first round back in 2005. Brett Favre was still the face of the Packers at the time, and it would be an understatement to characterize the relationship between the two quarterbacks as icy. Andrew Brandt, who was an executive with the Packers at the time, described how Favre felt at the time.

As Brandt said, Rodgers probably knows exactly how Favre felt now. The Packers are still committed to Rodgers, who is coming off another MVP season. However, it goes without saying that they plan to hand the reigns over to Love at some point. Rodgers wants to be the one to decide when that happens, hence the stalemate.

Favre has expressed regret over the way his tenure in Green Bay came to an end. Rodgers could be headed down the exact same path, as he reportedly wants out and is willing to go to some serious lengths to get his way.

Brett Favre: Most fans don’t want politics in sports

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It seems like there has never been a time period in history in which politics were more intertwined with sports, and Brett Favre is one of many people who believe the product is suffering because of it.

Favre and his podcast co-host Eric Bolling discussed some of the issues with politics in sports during an interview with Andrew Klavan of The Daily Wire recently. Favre said he has gotten the impression that the majority of fans on both sides of the political spectrum are frustrated.

“I think both sides, for the most part, want to see it just remain about the sport, not about politics,” Favre said. “At least that’s my interpretation. I know when I turn on a game, I want to watch the game. I want to watch the players play and teams win and lose and come from behind. I want to watch all the important parts of the game, not what’s going on outside the game. I think the general fan feels the same way.”

Favre also touched on national anthem protests. He said he believes they have “created more turmoil than good.” The Hall of Famer claims several people have told him they simply don’t want to watch sports anymore because it has become so intertwined with politics.

“I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, ‘I don’t watch anymore. It’s not about the game anymore.’ I tend to agree. It’s a shame,” Favre said. “There’s always been differences and issues within the world, within the country, within our states. But something has to unify us. I felt like the flag and standing patriotically — because blacks and white and hispanics have fought and died for this country. It’s too bad.”

Most people understand the point Favre was trying to make. Sports have always served as an escape from reality. They’re a form of entertainment, but you wouldn’t know that when you hear stories about players wanting trades because of the political views of team owners.

Of course, there’s also the hypocrisy that frustrates many fans. Leagues like the NBA receive millions in revenue from communist China, but their star players and executives preach about freedom and equality. That doesn’t go unnoticed among all fans, which is another reason many have begun tuning out like Favre said.

Brett Favre reveals why he once had suicidal thoughts

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Brett Favre has been open about his painkiller addiction in the years since he retired from the NFL, and the Hall of Famer spoke more about it on his podcast this week. He also revealed that he once had suicidal thoughts.

In the latest episode of “Bolling with Favre” with co-host Eric Bolling, Favre told special guest Dr. Phil about one of the lowest points of his life and struggle with addiction. The Green Bay Packers legend said he was addicted to pain pills and unable to sleep at night despite how well his career was going.

“It was crazy. But I was low,” Favre recalled, as transcribed by Chris Franklin of “I said it would be one of two things: Either I die, or I flush these pills down the toilet.”

Favre contemplated the decision for two hours before flushing all his painkillers down the toilet. He said he contemplated suicide not long after.

“I almost wanted to kill myself because of doing that,” Favre said. “I could not believe that I had actually done that. I was so mad at myself because now what was I going to do?”

Favre said he had problems for two weeks after coming off the pain pills. He recalled that he “shook with cold sweats and hot sweats” every night at around 9 p.m., which was the time he used to take them.

This isn’t the first time Favre has been candid about his painkiller addiction. He also opened up a few years back about how many times he needed to go to rehab because of it. The fact that he also had suicidal thoughts is another reminder of how serious the problem was during Favre’s career.

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Brett Favre backing Deion Sanders to succeed at Jackson State

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Deion Sanders has certainly brought a lot of attention to Jackson State since taking the school’s head coaching position, but the jury is still out on whether he’ll actually bring success with him. One person who knows both Sanders and the state of Mississippi well is convinced that Sanders will be a huge success.

Brett Favre, who played with and was mentored by Sanders during their one season in Atlanta together, is so confident that Sanders will be a success that he’s disappointed the former cornerback didn’t wind up coaching Southern Miss, Favre’s alma mater.

“I tried my best to get Deion to be the head coach at Southern Miss,” Favre told Nick Suss of the Mississippi Clarion Ledger. “Not because he’s my friend. I don’t know what kind of coach he’ll be. But if I was a betting man, I’d bet the farm that he’ll be a tremendous coach but an even better mentor to these young men.”

Favre helped connect Sanders with some contacts in Jackson upon taking the job. The former Green Bay Packers quarterback added that the best coaches he played under were great mentors, and he sees that quality in Sanders.

One thing is for sure: Sanders is already finding some recruiting success. His Jackson State team will open its unusual spring season Sunday against Edward Waters, and we’ll see how he handles in-game coaching.

Brett Favre called out for hypocritical comments on Deshaun Watson

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Brett Favre was critical of Deshaun Watson this week for demanding that the Houston Texans trade him, and many have pointed out that Favre’s thoughts on the situation are surprising when you consider his own history.

Favre told Yahoo Sports that he disagrees with how Watson is handling his trade demand. He said NFL players are paid so much that they should simply show up to work and let the situation work itself out.

“You get paid a ton of money to do a certain job, and just do it, and let the chips fall where they may,” Favre said. “I think we make too much money to voice an opinion, but I’m not saying he’s wrong. Again, I think it’s a different day and time, and it’ll be interesting to see how the organization handles it.”

That’s not exactly a scorching-hot take, but those who followed Favre’s career know he once demanded a trade. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported years ago that Favre was so upset with the Packers for not acquiring Randy Moss that he told them he wanted out of Green Bay.

As Albert Breer of The MMQB reminds us, Favre also used to skip some offseason activities to work out on his own in Mississippi, especially later in his career.

Watson’s agent, David Mulugheta, was among those who called Favre out for his hypocrisy.

“Brett should probably stop throwing stones from that glass house he’s sitting in,” Mulugheta wrote on Twitter.

Favre should probably understand where Watson is coming from, which is why his remarks were so surprising. We’ve also heard plenty of reports about just how ugly things have gotten with the Texans organization, so most people don’t blame Watson. We wouldn’t be surprised if Favre backtracks at some point.

Brett Favre not buying talk of Aaron Rodgers possibly leaving Packers

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Most people are taking Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seriously when he says his future with the organization is uncertain. Curiously, Brett Favre does not appear to be one of them.

Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday, Favre downplayed Rodgers’ comments after the Packers’ NFC Championship loss, adding that Green Bay would never do anything to jeopardize Rodgers’ future with the organization.

“I wouldn’t pay much attention to it,” Favre said, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “I think frustration, disappointment, hurt, pain, all were in that soundbite. Look, there’s no way the Packers would do anything to jeopardize losing Aaron, unless Aaron just chooses to retire, which I would be shocked. The guy’s playing better now than he’s ever played, and without him, you certainly wouldn’t have been even close to where you were. And I think the same will go for next year, and really the next few years, if he chooses to play. I wouldn’t pay much attention to what he said. I’ve been there. It’s so — I mean, it hurts. It’s painful. The last thing you want to do is think about next year, because you just had a major disappointment, and that’s what you’re hearing in that soundbite.”

Favre’s take doesn’t make a lot of sense. The Packers already did something to alienate Rodgers by using their first-round pick in 2020 on Jordan Love, his heir apparent at the quarterback position. Favre even said at the time that the pick ran the risk of pushing Rodgers out of Green Bay before his career ended, so it’s not clear why Favre would change his stance now.

Favre was an emotional player who sometimes let his heart rule his head. Rodgers is much more calculated, and he would have been choosing his words carefully. Maybe Rodgers and the Packers stick together, but Favre’s notion that this whole thing should just be put aside as a product of the moment seems to miss the mark.

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‘This white boy can run!’ Brett Favre had funny comment for Darren Woodson

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Darren Woodson shared a funny Brett Favre story during a recent interview.

Woodson was interviewed by Trey Wingo and shared a story about a time he was given a specific blitz assignment for a Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game. Woodson was given one instruction: do not let Favre get outside you. Woodson noted that Favre wasn’t good at picking up blitzes at the time.

So guess what happened? The play was called and Woodson went to blitz. He let Favre get outside of him, of course, leading then-Cowboys defensive backs coach Mike Zimmer to scream the F-word so loud on the sideline that Woodson could hear it (video contains profanity).

Based on our research, the game likely took place in 1995 or 1999. The Cowboys won both of those meetings with the Packers. In the 1995 game, Favre rushed twice for 25 yards and two touchdowns, including a 21-yard score. In the 1999 game, Favre rushed two times for nine yards.

Favre was really just getting going with his NFL career in 1995, so we’re guessing that may have been the game in question. Zimmer had just begun a stint as the Cowboys’ defensive backs coach that year, too.

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Brett Favre defends Drew Brees over national anthem comments

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Drew Brees came under fire earlier this year when he spoke out against national anthem protests, and the New Orleans Saints quarterback has since apologized on numerous occasions. Brett Favre is among those who do not believe those apologies were necessary.

During a recent interview on “America This Week” with Eric Bolling, Favre defended Brees for standing up for his beliefs. The Hall of Famer said he disagrees with the way Brees “got bullied” over his opinion.

“I think Drew stated clearly what he was standing for,” Favre said, via Josh Carter of WLBT. “There’s no question about it and he wasn’t wrong.”

Favre added that he believes there are a lot of things that need to be fixed in the country but said “the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints can’t fix it.”

Brees said in June that he would not agree with national anthem protests even in the wake of George Floyd being killed by a police officer. That drew enormous backlash from all across the sports world, including from some of his own teammates. Brees later issued a lengthy apology and has completely changed his stance.

Brees and his family said they received death threats over his national anthem remarks, so it’s hard to disagree with Favre that he was bullied. Whether you side with Brees’ original opinion or not, some of the reaction was completely out of line.

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