It’s Official! Bret Favre cannot stay away from the limelight. He finally retired and STAYED retired, but now he says his life’s work as being a mouth piece against the quarterback of the World Champion Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers.
Favre was quiet for the most part throughout the lockout and the first month of the season. Even when it was rumored he was returning to the Colts to replace Peyton Manning, Favre didn’t add much. However just days ago, Favre decided to open up.
Favre decided to give an interview on SportsRadio 790 The Zone in Atlanta. What he spoke about was the Packers championship and his feelings on the play of Rodgers.
“I’m going to be honest, I was not surprised, and the biggest surprise to me would be that he didn’t do it sooner.”
Thanks for the compliment Bret. Let’s make something clear about Favre. He didn’t associate with Rodgers while he was in Green Bay. Didn’t help him develop and never established a working relationship with Rodgers. So why should he have anything good to say about him now?
Favre also made sure to mention Rodgers had the advantage of working with a better supporting cast than he did.
“He’s got tremendous talent, he’s very bright and he got a chance to watch and see successful teams do it right, and so he just kind of fell into a good situation. I don’t think anyone would question now the talent around him is even better than when I was there. So I’m really kind of surprised it took him so long.”
Let’s just make this clear for all those wondering. Rodgers won his first Super Bowl in just his third full season as the Packers’ top QB. Now remember Favre won only one title after his fifth year in that role. Maybe Bret just forgot.
Did Bret forget that 11 players on the Packers who were given substantial playing time missed most if not all of the season due to injuries? The Packers had to rely on third and fourth string running backs and wide receivers. Most teams would have crumbled. So in essence Favre is correct about the team being loaded with talent, however part of it was on the sidelines watching.
Let’s go back in time to the last year Favre played in Green Bay. That would be 2007 and the Packers were 13-3, a No. 2 seed in the playoffs, and were ready for a run through the NFC when the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys were upset in the divisional playoffs. However Favre saw his team fall in overtime to the wild card New York Giants, 23-20, falling short of a third Super Bowl trip.
In Rodgers defense, the run he put together in the playoffs a year ago was something Favre never realized. Rodgers won three tough road games at Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago, before getting the better of Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.
Jealousy doesn’t fit Favre. His spot in the Hall is secure. Rodgers is the present and he should just stay retired. And away from an open mike.