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

October 4, 2011 – 11:45 am by Michael Bean

Look here! A rare Brett Favre sighting on the airwaves. The (finally) retired future Hall of Famer made a recent cameo doing a telecast of a Southern Mississippi game, but other than that, we haven’t seen or heard much from the man who we couldn’t get rid for years on end.  Let’s see what Mr. Favre  has to say about retired life, his storied career, the ugly end to his playing days, and the 2011 NFL season through the first four weeks.

Favre joined 790 The Zone in Atlanta with Mike (Favre’s fellow broadcaster this weekend) and Hans to talk about how he’s been enjoying retired life so far, missing certain aspects of the game, his time in Minnesota, why he doesn’t regret coming back for those two years, how he finally realized that during the last few games of the 2010 season when he wasn’t able to play and had time to reflect on his decision, the blessing of being allowed to leave Atlanta when he did early on in his career, how his career turned out to be even better than his wildest of dreams and aspirations, Aaron Rodgers leading the Packers to the Super Bowl last season, being surprised that Rodgers didn’t do so sooner, and the state of the passing game in today’s NFL.

On him sounding like he’s been enjoying retirement:

“I am, which I guess tells me that it was time. Do I miss the game? Sure I do. I miss the guys, I miss the competitive, I don’t know if you would call it edge or spirit or whatever the term may be, I miss that every week. I don’t miss the between the games during the week, it got very monotonous for me. I also don’t miss the stress to perform at a high level week in and week out, because that just became so draining. And I know it’s impossible  to perform at the top tier week in and week out. I know I was fortunate to do that for the better part of my career. So there’s nothing to look back and say ‘boy, if I had just done this or I had just done that.’ I’d be a fool if I didn’t think I’d miss the camaraderie, being with the guys, there’s nothing like being in that locker room after a great win,a hard fought win, or bouncing back from a tough loss the following week, there’s nothing like that, there’s no way I can replace that feeling. But, I’ll be 42 next week, I’ve got a grandson, I’ve got two beautiful daughters, the youngest daughter is playing basketball. I enjoy working out here on my property. So there’s a lot to keep me occupied. That’s not to say one day I’ll become bored. We all become bored at some point with whatever we do. But I’ve got this philosophy right now to kind of just take everything as it comes, don’t get hurried, there’s no reason to and just enjoy life.”

Did he ever reflect back on his past two years in Minnesota and think he made a mistake by coming back:

“Well you know what Mike? I won’t lie to you, there has been times, not anymore, but there has been times once that season started — numerous times — that I thought I shouldn’t have played, this was a mistake. But then after the season was over, and maybe even before — I think the last couple of games which I didn’t play in, and it’d been years since I hadn’t played and watched from the sidelines, better yet in street clothes, that was the first time I’d ever done that  — but it gave me a chance to really reflect and look around. There was no pressure to perform. I was just kind of watching. So I had a chance to really think and think in depth. And to be honest with you, I didn’t regret coming back at that point. There were time during the season prior to those games where I did. But I guess I did finally get to that point, and I can only assume that had I not gone back as we’re sitting here today, I maybe you, maybe other people would wonder, what if I had gone back? Would the team have been different? I don’t know how they would have ended up. They may have been the same without me, maybe a little better, maybe a little worse. I don’t know. But there’s the problem. We don’t know. So if I needed an exclamation point on my career, two years ago would have been a great time to walk away. I don’t think anyone wouldn’t have been able to say ‘hey, the guy’s got something left in his tank, he probably could have played another year.’ Well, you know, we know now. If anything this past year was the answer that I’d been looking for.”

If he’d agree with Jerry Glanville’s comments that he did Favre a favor by allowing him to leave Atlanta when he did early on in his career:

“You know, I have to agree with Jerry. And at the time, no one including Brett Favre would have thought my career would have ended up the way he did. As a young boy, I was no different, maybe even more dreams and aspirations than the normal Joe. My goals were pretty high. But I have to be honest, they were not as high as they ended up being. So actually, I’m one of the few people who can say that my actual career and performance were greater than my dreams had been. So man, I just find it hard to believe that it could have been any better, more likely not as good, had I stayed in Atlanta.”

If he’s disappointed looking back on his career that he was only able to win that one Super Bowl so early on in his career:

“It was disappointing to never win one game, but as you’re playing it’s always ‘next year’ or ‘this year’, ‘this is the year’. So, once it’s over you go, well that wasn’t the case. Yeah we came close several times after, went to the Super Bowl the following year. You know, it is hard to repeat, but then again it’s not. A lot of factors have to play into it — obviously health from an overall team standpoint is important, the nucleus of the team coming back is important (did you lose a lot of guys?), and I think most importantly, do you still with the same passion and hunger that you did prior to winning the Super Bowl. If you have those in place, you have a pretty good shot. So it was disappointing to never go back aside from that following year, although we were close. But my career is very, very rewarding to me. So I have no regrets, and really the disappoint I feel at times is very normal, if any. Because again, I think about those dreams I had as a kid, and to think I’m sitting here now and I’ve far exceeded those dreams is quite an accomplishment.”

What he was thinking watching Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers to Super Bowl glory last year:

“I’m going to be honest, I was not surprised. The biggest surprise to me would be that he didn’t do it sooner. It’s funny how people can get over time, my last year in Green Bay prior to the first game, I made the remark that this was probably the most talented team that I’ve ever played on. And of course everyone looked up and was like ‘this guy’s off his rocker.’ We were very, very young; take me out of the mix and we were by far the youngest team in the league. But I could see the talent pool across the board was outstanding. Now our season kind of ended up being a reflection of that. We came close, and I think we took a lot of people by surprise, but guys emerged rather quickly. Aaron had a chance…even though the last couple years it’s seemed like he’s almost a rookie, he’s been around awhile. And I’d like to think that he watched, he learned, and then when he got a chance to play, he brought in his ability which is obviously very good or they wouldn’t have drafted him in the first round. 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. On top of that, he’s a good player. 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. Really, the early part of last year season, it hadn’t quite clicked yet and I didn’t know if 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.”

Listen here to Favre with Mike & Hans on 790 The Zone in Atlanta

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  1. 50 Responses to “Brett Favre on Aaron Rodgers Leading Packers to Super Bowl Glory: “I’m really kind of surprised it took him so long.””

  2. if farve were a know what he would be doing right now

    By dwn on Oct 4, 2011

  3. This old guy is soooooo bitter. Talking like he taught AR everything he knows. GBP are so much better off without this turd. Please go away brett, you suck.

    By Packer Backer on Oct 4, 2011

  4. BrINT- “Surprised it took him so long”. Nice back-handed compliment. He is such a douche. Good to see that the leopard hasn’t changed his spots. Still a petty dude.

    By MONTY on Oct 4, 2011

  5. WOW People get over it! Do you not remember who he is and what he did for us as Packer Fans. Thanks Brett !!

    By DCF on Oct 4, 2011

  6. All you Favre haters have to do is read his name and you will read whatever you want into what he says. Maybe he was trying to compliment Aaron Rodgers. Get some happiness in your own lives or pop a cap in your head because you’ll never be liked by anyone with your horsesh– attitudes.

    By plzshtup on Oct 4, 2011

  7. Thanks plzhtup

    By DCF on Oct 4, 2011

  8. what a bag of crap, he used to be my favorite player, he has soiled my opinion of him, go back to your farm and take your bitter pill, what a freaking punk

    By ton on Oct 4, 2011

  9. Brett,

    You should have retired while still on top in the hearts and minds. You let your narcissism get the best of you. Even though you lost games you were exciting to watch and I thought you did great things in Green Bay. You need to shut up about other players because you keep sticking your foot in your mouth.

    The last few years, every team you’ve been on is the “best team I’ve ever been on” to quote you from other stories. Don’t try to demean Aaron Rodger’s accomplishments by making remarks like that about the Green Bay team you left.

    Time to retire and mend fences with Deanna. You both need to work some things out it seems.

    By Aloha Packer on Oct 4, 2011

  10. I’m a longtime Favre supporter (in the minority now) but these were mediocre comments. He should be blown away by Rodgers’ performance, and should say so. I see a lot of Favre in Rodgers play (the hard count, ability to make plays from any situation, fast progressions), so I think it’s reasonable to assume it’s not completely a coincidence. But if Brett is ever to regain what he’s lost with the fans, if he cares, he needs to start with more respect for Aaron Rodgers.

    By Brett R on Oct 4, 2011

  11. Why should we be concerned by an x Viking and Jet players’ comments. Brett Favre is old news, Aaron Rodgers is the reigning Superbowl MVP and currently leading his team to an undeafeated start. Brett “lowroad” Favre, Aaron “highroad” Rodgers…enough said!

    By mike bartelt on Oct 5, 2011

  12. Bratt just doesn’t get it. He’s jealous because Aaron hasn’t thrown as many picks as he had at this stage of his career. Here’s a quarter Bratt, go call someone who really cares about your comments!

    By Wisconsin Sport on Oct 5, 2011

  13. To DCF and plzshtup–this is not about getting over it. WE WON THE FREAKIN’ SUPER BOWL–EVERYONE IS OVER whatever bitterness was felt over his departure. This is about who FAvre the PERSON is and HE has to GET OVER being “spurned” (only in his mind and that of his apologists) by the Packers. He has to imply that he would have won a title sooner (even though he had just one in 20 years and Rodgers had only three) rather than give his successor his due.

    Favre was a GREAT QB, but Rodgers gives us more with less of the baggage. Face it, the guy is a self-centered, immature, entitled womanizer who needs attention. I just hate that he keeps getting it by acting out in a negative manner–we should treat him like the spoiled brats of this era and ignore him until he goes away.

    By MJ Kasprzak on Oct 5, 2011

  14. Sounds like he’s just as bitter towards the Pack as always. I like how he states how young the team was in his last year (with the P) yet it was the old man who ended their season, and every other team he was with. I am grateful for what he’s done here in GB, but if he’d just kept his mouth shut I believe he would’ve gone to and won the next two SB’s. And that’s why I don’t care for him and/or his act anymore. When it comes time to retire his jersey, if I’m there I won’t be cheering. He’s disgraced himself and the GB organization enough!

    By Mark on Oct 5, 2011

  15. I don’t understand how anyone reading this can think Favre sounds bitter. He’s speaking the truth. Rodgers took over a team that was one game away from the Super Bowl, and the following year they went 8-8. Last year, the Packers did start slow. They almost lost to the Eagles, and did lose to the mediocre Lions, Dolphins and Redskins. And, if not for some luck, they almost missed the playoffs completely.

    Rodgers is a great QB with a ridiculously talented group around him. Take Rodgers and put him in a less talent Packers team…and I don’t think he’d elevate the team the way Brett Favre did all those years.

    Plan and simple.

    By Danielle on Oct 5, 2011

  16. Seldom do you see a situation where everyone is “somewhat” correct. Brett believed that he had a little bit left in the tank and, true enough, he had 1.5 quality years left. The Packer organization needed to move on as they had a franchise quarterback who held the potential to give them much more than 1.5 years. Both Brett and the Packer organization made the correct decision to move on. I wish that Packer fans would remember the great years Brett had with the Packer organization. I also wish that Brett would recognize that he became a superstar in part because of his raw talent and in part because Green Bay (the team) and Green Bay (the city) provided the ideal cradle for his talents to mature. As a young player I suspect he would have crashed and burned in a place like New York.

    By Dean on Oct 5, 2011

  17. I don’t think Favre sounds bitter at all. I think he was trying to be complimentary, more or less. He was saying Rodgers is a very talented quarterback, so I am surprised he didn’t win a SuperBowl right away. That is not an insult or a bitter comment. Some people are just reading into his comments based on their own perceptions. Favre was great and there will never be another one like him. Rodgers might be even better, we shall see.

    By MadisonSteve on Oct 5, 2011

  18. Thank you Brett for bringing passion, heart, excitement, and winning back to Packer football. You were my favorite player while in Green Bay. It was enjoyable watching you put other fans through the emotional ringer we went through. Aaron Rodgers makes a lot of fans forget what Packer football was like before you came. You always gave everything you had on the field. I for one won’t let your off field behavior taint what was some of the most unbelievable football I’ve ever seen.

    By Jon on Oct 5, 2011

  19. Lesson to be learned: Brett, go out with some style and class. Like John Elway. Back to back Superbowl wins with MVP of the final Superbowl. Oh and no c*ck pics would be a start.

    By Martin on Oct 5, 2011

  20. Favre is bitter and jealous! He wants to talk about the talent around Rodgers, look at the talent alone just on his coaching staff. Holmgren, Gruden, Mariuchi and how many other coaches were on that staff when he won his superbowl 16 years ago. This is Brett taking a stab at Rodgers for what Brett feels is the guy that took his job that he gave up. No one is questioning his contribution to the game, they are questioning his integrity. At the end of the day, he’s a low life southern redneck from Mississipi who will never be Payton Manning

    By Mike S on Oct 5, 2011

  21. People quit acting like tards. Brett was a great QB. Theres a story with him and the Packers that us as fans will never know. Quit with hating the guy. He was fun to watch. Through the good and the bad games. Time to get over it people. Stop hating, is that what we want our kids to see and hear. I know I don’t, lifes to short.

    By still a farve fan on Oct 5, 2011

  22. Great comments. It is so a GBP fan to read the worst of anything Brett has to say and forget where their team was before Brett arrived!!!

    By Jackie on Oct 5, 2011

  23. No. 4 was great and should have retired like a man when all followers of No. 4 still like the man. His choices afterwards tarnished him for good. I don’t know if it’s the money, the fame or the big head that gets in the way. Come on BF just retire peacefully, enjoy your wife and family and be a man. The GB nation goes on without you. Your shoes were filled by a true humble man in AR. He is good, we are proud of our team, not one makes a team but each and every person that straps on the Green and Gold plays with pride. Life goes on. I am proud to be a Packer fan.

    By Jgnornb on Oct 5, 2011

  24. still a favre fan–nice use of tards. You have shown your insensitivity and lack of enlightenment–no wonder you only want to focus on his game and don’t understand this is about him disrespecting Rodgers.

    Danielle, get your facts straight:
    1. Packers went 6-10 in his first year, not 8-8. But it was not Rodgers fault–in his first season, he had 2 TDs and a turnover a game (including running and fumbles), something Favre did less than half his seasons.
    2. We lost to the Lions BECAUSE WE DIDN’T HAVE RODGERS.
    3. When did Favre carry a team without talent? He only beat a poor Lions team in the playoffs despite having the support of one of the best defenses in the league until he got some offensive talent, when he won a title within two years…just like Rodgers did once he had some talent on both sides of the ball.

    Madison–he did not focus on Rodgers’ skill, he focused on all the talent around him. The implication is Rodgers should have/Favre would have won sooner.

    By MJ Kasprzak on Oct 6, 2011

  25. I’m currently writing my 3rd book on a series of Leadership Excellence and after narrowing the possible individuals neighboring in the 100’s, Brett Favre was selected as one of the top 20 honorably mentioned. His credo was simple, “I always come to the game prepared. Everything I do comes back to the example I want to set.” The success of the Packers was and is a reflection of his credibility. Rodgers tutored under Favre and Brett expects no less from him than he did for himself as a Professional athlete. Haven’t you ever noticed the tendency to “crucify” those who aspire toward perfection. It’s much easier to “lower the bar” by those consumed (ashamed?) by their own lives of mediocrity. Congrats Brett for your well earned 3 pages in my book.

    By Dr. B. A. Phillips on Oct 6, 2011

  26. Bart Starr would NEVER say things about Brett in the same way Brett is now saying about Rodgers. Bart is at Packers games cheering them on, not wishing that they lose. Bart helped and coached his back-ups. Brett Favre is no Bart Starr.

    Brett was caught sending plays to the Lions while he was with the Jets to help them beat the Packers. He wanted to play with the Vikes so that he could stick it to the Packers. We won’t even mention the sexting accusations.

    Bart Starr and Rodgers are class acts, Favre is not.

    By Greg on Oct 7, 2011

  27. i thought he should have stayed in green bay as a backup for few more years. but i wouldn’t have turned down the millions he got for going to the Vikings… who would have….

    By thomas on Oct 7, 2011

  28. Dr. B.A. Phillips: yeah, let me get in line for a book on leadership where you think it applies to someone who thinks he should be able to live by a different set of rules, talks badly about his former employer and the person who took his job, and oh, yeah, QUIT HIS TEAM and CHANGED HIS MIND so much no one remembers he said he was not forced out when he left the first time.

    By MJ Kasprzak on Oct 9, 2011

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