Brett Favre on Aaron Rodgers: “Why stop at 40?”

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in love with football again, and thinking about the future.

And the guy he replaced sees no reason to think Rodgers can’t keep playing at this level for a long time to come.

Via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Hall of Famer Brett Favre said during a speech at the Lee Remmel Banquet that he thought Rodgers also had more titles in him than the one he’s managed so far, though it’s far from his fault they haven’t had more.

“Obviously, Aaron has carried the team for a long time; that’s not going to change,” Favre said. “That in itself is not enough — at least it hasn’t been, and it’s been pretty good. As good as he is, I would’ve thought they would’ve won more than one by now. But I don’t know if he can do anything else other than what he’s done up to this point. It always seems like one piece of the puzzle is missing.

“You don’t know what that is until you get it, like a Reggie White. You go, ‘Oh, that’s what we needed.’ It remains to be seen what that is, whether it’s a draft pick, a free agent, letting someone go, a coaching change — I don’t know.”

And while Rodgers has mused about playing until he’s 40, Favre recalled playing until he was 41 and thinks Rodgers is able to go past that.

“Why stop at 40?” Favre said. “He moves around as well as anyone in the game right now. That’s big. The less you’re hit — Tom Brady‘s a different player, but they protect him well enough. He’s not going to scramble for much, but I see no decline in Tom other than he’s getting older, but he doesn’t look like that.

“And I think Aaron — what is Aaron, 33? I would think that barring any injury — and he knows how to protect himself — six or seven years from now is a long time to think that far down the road, but there’s no reason to think he couldn’t play and play at a high level until — I’m not going to say 43, 44, it’s up to the individual — and I don’t see any decline in his game unless he doesn’t want to play anymore.”

Rodgers has also made it clear he wants to stay with the Packers, which would keep him from the unseemly Jets-Vikings years that Favre put every through.

55 responses to “Brett Favre on Aaron Rodgers: “Why stop at 40?”

  1. Reading between the lines on that is fantastic. You figure at this point Favre and Rodgers are texting each other about how awful McCarthy and Thompson are.

  2. Favre is spot on. Rodgers has been carrying this team. I can’t believe the delusional pack fans that continue to say in TT we trust and putting down Spielman. I hate the pack but they should have and still can win more SBs with Rodgers. I hope TT stays in his position through the Rodgers years. if Rodgers gets hurt the pack are a 4-12 team.

  3. Oh… Reggie White… that’s all they need, simply somebody like the greatest DE in history, that’s all…

  4. Reading this story this morning, I have to admit that I now miss Favre a lot more than I ever thought I would. Let’s have more “Favre says” pieces for a few days and fewer Kap promos.

  5. First of all, the Packers’ board of Directors is i wields. There are 43 or so members who are “elected” by the shareholders. The truth is that the Board consists of a bunch of lackeys who are there because of their influence in the community and because they have lots of moola. These cronies then hire Mark Murphy, who is excellent at cutting Grand Opening ribbons, but who doesn’t possess the fortitude to give Ted Thompson his walking papers.

    Until TT is GONE, do not expect any SB wins by GB.

  6. it would be sad to see the best qb in the game retire without any more titles. but they are wasting his career with mccarthy, that dude sucks as a hc. and thompson seems too risk averse on the fa market. gotta plug holes in fa every now & then.

  7. A lot can happen in 7 years. Look at Peyton Manning. He was a beast 3 years ago. When Brady texted a friend that Manning only had 2-3 years left, I was skeptical. And Brady WAS in fact wrong. Manning only had ONE year left. Seems a little earlier to be talking about 40 for any 33-year-old QB.

  8. Man, how blessed are we to have these two guys back to back. I wonder what future HOFer will eventually replace Rodgers.

    Better football.

    For better people.

  9. Remember, Favre ALSO made it clear he wanted to retire a Packer. The player doesn’t control these things. If the Pack stumble on a 23-year-old wonder that plays like Favre or Rodgers, Aaron will eventually have to continue his career somewhere else.

  10. I think I’ve hit on that one piece of the puzzle that’s missing. It’s called talent.

    No, wait. It’s probably also coaching.

    And team chemistry.

    But they have their quarterback! Congratulations.

  11. savethebs says:
    August 10, 2017 at 9:18 am
    it would be sad to see the best qb in the game retire without any more titles.
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    I want to see Tom win another trophy as much as the next Pats fan. But five titles is a lot.

  12. Hmm… Didn’t Brett Favre want to always be a Packer when he was 33..?

    I don’t see any reason why this current situation WONT lead to him throwing for the Jets or Vikes.

  13. I miss the ole gunslinger.

    As for Reggie White, the way he put his team on his shoulders and carried them to that Super Bowl was nothing short of amazing.

    Bruce Smith had 4 cracks at it and couldn’t do it.

  14. Could not be more wrong on this. Favre will be working for the Packers in a couple of years. Just more fake news.

  15. Lord Favre is right — Rodgers is one of the best 2 QBs in the NFL. If TT had actually and properly used all avenues available to improve team personnel, the Pack could have taken better advantage of the benefits a HOF QB provides. But hey, if Pack fans wish to forget about that reality by taking solace in the fact that their team is better than the ones without HOF QBs, go for it.

  16. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in love with football again
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    So when did Aaron Rodgers fall out of love with football? I know he fell back in love with it when talks for his next contract extension started.

  17. electricboogalo says:
    August 10, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Greatest run of QB play in the history of the NFL.
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    Ummm…allow me to introduce you to the San Francisco 49ers 1979-1998. Two Hall of Fame quarterbacks, five Super Bowl championships.

  18. Hey, why not? I can’t see any reason as to why Rodgers can’t keep leading them to playoff disappointments well into his 70’s.
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    Rodgers has led the Packers to 423 points in 17 post-season games. 24.88 points/game.

    The Packers defense has allowed 423 in the post-season games Rodgers has started.

    I would guess the Patriots give up somewhere in teh neighborhood of 17 points per Playoff game.

    SHOCKER! One of these QBs has 5 *Rings, 1 only has managed to win 1.

  19. The Vikings will clearly never rise to the level of the Packers, so the purples beg, plead, whine and moan, hoping the Packers will fall to the level of the Vikings. It’s a bold strategy.

  20. .. just to put the points per game in perspective;

    The Packers on average, have given up 24.88 ppg, that would be 398 points in a 16-game season.

    The Jaguars gave up 400 points last year, they were the 25th ranked scoring defense.

    The Patriots actually averaged 20 points per game in Bradys career. 320 for a season.

    The Ravens gave up 321 points last year. They were the 9th ranked scoring defense in 2016.

  21. Why does everyone in the media examine and dissect every word Brett Favre says like it’s the Zapruder footage of JFK ???

    He said he thought ‘they’ would have won more than one Super Bowl by now (virtually everyone thinks that), said that Rodgers carries the team (he does), that there always seems to be one piece missing (it seems that way), and that he can play for many more years at a high level (he probably will).

    How is anything Favre said about Rodgers anything but a compliment ???

  22. Rodgers needs to show us that he can run an NFL offense without having to pad stats and to get free plays when the defense makes a mistake – no one else does it as often as he does.

  23. “ariani1985 says:

    August 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    would you consider this a fecal performance?”

    No, just a fecal response from a fecal commenter/troll who has fecal for brains.

  24. laserw says:
    August 10, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Rodgers needs to show us that he can run an NFL offense without having to pad stats and to get free plays when the defense makes a mistake – no one else does it as often as he does.
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    Only because no one else can do it as well as he does.

    Is there anything else you’d like to cry about today?

  25. Or he could retire, the unretire, then retire, then unretire… lol
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    Seemed to work for him.

    He was a couple plays away from 2 more Super Bowl trips.

  26. Did I really just hear a Vikings fan talking about Favre’s playoff failures?

    A Viking fan, a fan of the team that lost all 4 Super Bowls they played in?

    Wow. SMH.

  27. The Phantom Stranger says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Ummm…allow me to introduce you to the San Francisco 49ers 1979-1998. Two Hall of Fame quarterbacks, five Super Bowl championships.

    Ummm….let me remind you the topic was QB play. Favre’s stats speak for themselves, and Rodgers’ career QB rating is highest of all time. In terms of QB play, few were better, and no, Montana and Young don’t quite measure up.

  28. h0metownzero says:
    August 10, 2017 at 9:53 am
    Man, how blessed are we to have these two guys back to back. I wonder what future HOFer will eventually replace Rodgers

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    We wont be alive to see

  29. scotto56 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 4:41 pm
    The Phantom Stranger says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Ummm…allow me to introduce you to the San Francisco 49ers 1979-1998. Two Hall of Fame quarterbacks, five Super Bowl championships.

    Ummm….let me remind you the topic was QB play. Favre’s stats speak for themselves, and Rodgers’ career QB rating is highest of all time. In terms of QB play, few were better, and no, Montana and Young don’t quite measure up.

    What? Leadership more important than worthless stats. Montana and Young 5 Superbowls. I think you have it backwards. Favre and Rodgers do not measure up.

  30. What’s refreshing about it all of if you read between the lines,Favre still loves Green Bay. He knows Thompson and Mcarthy are dopes,but he still wants to see Green Bay suceed. He knows his legacy and his legend is there. Seriously. He hasn’t been back to Minnesota since his last game,but he’s been back to Wisconsin numerous times. He knows what’s good and right.

  31. What? Leadership more important than worthless stats. Montana and Young 5 Superbowls. I think you have it backwards. Favre and Rodgers do not measure up.
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    And how many All-Pro’s and HOFrs did Montana and Young play with in their careers?

    Montana –
    Ronnie Lott (debatably the greatest DB of all-time)
    Jerry Rice (perhaps the greatest FOOTBALL PLAYER of all-time)
    Charles Haley (HOFr)
    Roger Craig (likely HOFr)
    4 others (Eric Wright, Keith Fanhorst, Dwight Clark, Michael Carter)

    Young
    Deion Sanders (debatably the greatest DB of all-time)
    Rice
    Haley
    Bryant Young
    4 others (Ken Norton Jr., Eric Davis, Merton Hanks, Dana Stubblefield)

    SHOCKING that Montana and Young won more Super Bowls with all that talent around them…

  32. What’s refreshing about it all of if you read between the lines,Favre still loves Green Bay. He knows Thompson and Mcarthy are dopes,but he still wants to see Green Bay suceed.
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    Favre and Thompson have patched things up. At least if we are to believe what was being said by the two around Favre’s HOF induction and number retirement ceremony.

    Doesn’t look like we can say the same for Favre and McCarthy.

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