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Favre on Aaron Rodgers taking Packers to Super Bowl win: ‘I’m really kind of surprised it took him so long’

Oct 4, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

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He may not have meant to to sound that way, but Brett Favre was kind of a d*** to Aaron Rodgers during a radio interview on Monday. Favre was asked by 790 The Zone (Atlanta) host Mike Hans about Aaron Rodgers leading the Packers to a Super Bowl win last season. Excerpt:

“[Rodgers has] 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. On top of that, he’s a good player. I don’t think there’s any pressure on him 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. In the early part of last year season, it hadn’t quite clicked yet and I didn’t know it would. I just kind of figured when they hit their stride, they’re going to be hard to beat. And that’s what happened.”

So, it’s my opinion that Favre knew exactly what he was saying. With “fell into a good situation,” “[No] pressure on him now” and “surprised it took him so long” being the key phrases. In other words, Brett Favre cannot not be a big d*** when it comes to the guy who replaced him.

Favre doesn’t do a lot of radio interviews, but now that he’s a big-time college color analyst, maybe that will change.

Brett Favre on Aaron Rodgers Leading Packers to Super Bowl Glory: “I’m really kind of surprised it took him so long.” [Sports Radio Interviews]

  1. Eternal Optimist - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Geez, Brett, didn’t it seem to you like the team suffered an inordinate amount of injuries to key personnel early in the season last year? I’m thinking Rodgers deserves every bit of praise that he has received. His accolades are still south of the hero-worship that the press laid on you anyway.

  2. nesuperfan - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Favre should shut up. He sounds like a whiny little girl.

  3. johninpa - Oct 4, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Favre’s an a$$. He played forever, and what – one Super Bowl win. Sure, he’s got a lot of records, but any decent quarterback that hangs around that long should be able to generate those numbers. Not only does he throw Rodgers under the bus with his comments, but indirectly all of his previous team mates as well, as he seems to indicate that he just didn’t have the talent around him like Rodgers does now. Go home Brett, polish up that ONE ring, and keep your mouth shut.

  4. kscogg - Oct 4, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    I guess you could slant it that way. Maybe he isn’t Dan Patrick-like with his words but it sounds like in his own way he did give Rodgers some praise. Some ppl just love to drag Favre down whenever they can. Leave the man alone, move on to someone else who deserves to get the heat…….like Vick.

    • mogogo1 - Oct 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM

      Since when did directly quoting somebody become “slanting” what they said? If he meant this to be real praise, he needs to take some language lessons, because he failed miserably.

      “He just kind of fell into a good situation.” Is just kind of an insult.

      “I don’t think there’s any pressure on him now, the talent around him is even better than when I was there.” WTF? They’re defending champs with a target on their chest every week. Favre and his Packers went in as favorites and lost to the Broncos in the Super Bowl when they were trying to defend their title. Is he claiming there was no pressure on them back then?

      “So I’m really kind of surprised it took him so long.” Huh? It took him less years a starter to win a Super Bowl than it took Favre. And Favre played another 14 seasons or so and never got a second SB.

  5. trbowman - Oct 4, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Well, Rodgers is kind of a d*** himself so I can’t really fault Favre.

  6. gunner1970 - Oct 4, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Rick Chandler…shut up! Even reading your crap article I didn’t portray it that way.

  7. pack12allison - Oct 4, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Haha…Seriously, this is a clear cut case of the Favre-haters making too much out of nothing. Favre has never been the best at “using his words” and everybody knows it. Favre could do an interview and say that Rodgers is the “best quarterback to ever play the game” and there would be people complaining that he used the wrong tone. All the people that say they hate talking about him seem to be the same ones that won’t shut up about him. Get over it, so we all can.

    • toolkien - Oct 4, 2011 at 10:46 PM

      People like you throw around “Favre-haters” like there was nothing to hate. The way he acted the last three years with the team, and the three years after, there’s more than plenty to hate.

      And Favre has been in the public eye for two decades now. He’s not the fresh faced hick he was in 1992. He knows full well how to deliver backhanded compliments, which is what the full text is riddled with. “Favre-haters” aren’t making too much out of nothing. Favre is bright. Bright enough to make pointed comments.

      Of course the real analysis is this- Rodgers has only started for 3 years. I can’t think of many 1st year starters who win Super Bowls. The 2nd year Favre came back with the Vikes to “stick it” to the Pack, and by doing so knocked the Pack from the 2nd seed to the 5th seed. If Favre hadn’t come back with the Vikes, Rodgers might have very well won a Super Bowl from the 2nd seed in 2009. Of course, the next year the Pack did. So just when was Rodgers supposed to have won one before 2010? Of course Favre knows full well he is the one who knocked Rodgers down a peg in 2009.

      As far as “falling into a good situation”, well, Favre had that “situation” but because it was a situation not of his own design (his buddies on the team and as coach) he left. It was the same situation that Favre flushed down the toilet in 2007 with yet another playoff INT that cost his team.

      In other words, maybe Favre should comment on how the Packers’ “situation” from 1998-2007 involved a team that was the best in the NFC but somehow only managed one NFCCG appearance in that decade? Now that’s surprising. But then again with a 63 QB rating in playoff exit games over that time, it’s not so surprising.

      • pack12allison - Oct 4, 2011 at 11:39 PM

        Move on. You obviously care too much about what he thinks. Why? This whole rant proved what I was saying. Everything the guy says turns into the most dramatic thing that has ever happened in the history of the world. Guess what? It isn’t.

  8. packerbacker63 - Oct 4, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Im far from a Favre hater I respect him for all he did for the orginization Ive got hit # tattooed on my arm along with Rogers. But from I take of his comment is he feel into his position ok so did Brett he said it took him along time to get to the SB hmm it took Brett along time too and Rogers is a better QB overall. Brett never did like Rogers thats a fact and to me he’s just taking another cheap shot at him. Brett time to worry about your life back in MS and leave Rogers alone He’s by far your equal

  9. imaduffer - Oct 4, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Brett played how many years in the NFL and won how many Super Bowls? What a loser.

  10. bbk1000 - Oct 5, 2011 at 5:46 AM

    In my opinion the statement ” the talent around him is even better than when I was there” is as telling a quote than any of the others. Rodgers was nothing but class while backing up Favre, I wish Favre would reciprocate, or better yet, just go away.

  11. Chris Ross - Oct 6, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Honestly, is anyone really surprised that Brett Favre is doing this or that Aaron Rodgers took the high road? Aaron Rodgers always takes the high road. This is what he does. He was very classy through the whole Brett Favre saga in Green Bay and has stepped up to the plate when he has gotten the opportuntiy. It’s just too bad Brett Favre keeps doing this to himself because he is, one quote at a time, giving people more and more reason to forget all the great things he did.