Favre thinks he paved the way for Peyton to leave Indy gracefully

AP

When Peyton Manning left Indianapolis in 2012, he did so with a public embrace from Colts owner Jim Irsay, who hosted a ceremony at the team facility to say goodbye to the team’s longtime quarterback. It was a nice moment for both Manning and the Colts, and Brett Favre thinks he deserves some of the credit.

Favre said in an interview with ESPN Milwaukee that he believes Manning and Irsay saw the ugly situation that developed when Favre left Green Bay and both sides decided not to repeat the same mistakes that Favre and the Packers made.

“In my opinion, I think the Indianapolis-Peyton separation was handled correctly simply because they had seen the Packers and Favre separation not go so well,” Favre said. “You know, I think they were smart in how they handled it — that’s both sides. And so there’s a good example of learning from others’ mistakes, and your own mistakes, and moving forward.”

Favre may think that, but the reality is that his own situation in Green Bay was quite a bit different from Manning’s situation in Indianapolis. The situation with Favre in Green Bay in 2008 was a situation of Favre’s choosing: It was Favre’s repeated flip-flopping on whether or not he was going to retire that put the Packers in the situation of feeling that they had to commit to Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback and not go back on it. Manning hadn’t chosen the situation that led to his departure from Indianapolis; he was coming off multiple neck surgeries that had forced him to miss a season. Manning never said he wanted to retire.

Manning left Indianapolis gracefully because he and Irsay respected each other, and because they both felt good about their futures: Manning believed (correctly) that he would move on and find success elsewhere, while Irsay believed (correctly) that he would draft another great franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck. That would have been the case no matter how things went down with Favre in Green Bay.

102 responses to “Favre thinks he paved the way for Peyton to leave Indy gracefully

  1. Gracefully is the key word, Favre never exhibited any grace in any of dealings from waffling on his retirement, to his public proclamation that it wasn’t his job to mentor Rodgers to his sending pix of his junk to a woman who never wanted to see it.

    Karma has a way of exerting itself and the 12th man in the huddle that prevented the Vikings from going to the Superbowl was just karma wrapping a bow around Favre.

  2. Gracefully?
    Talk bad all u want about Irsay but I’d get real tired real fast of surrounding the “quote-unquote” greatest qb with top flight talent year after year without any return. He was shown the door….and with Luck in town seems at just about the right time.

  3. egomaniac who can’t let go!! shut up and leave. every time he opens his mouth he weakens the nation!! rodgers is a better player and a better human than you! go back to mississippi and stay there!

  4. Based on Brett’s wierd sexting habits, I’d say Peyton has done a lot of things more gracefully than Favre.

  5. Maybe Ol’ Noodle Arm will leave Denver gracefully too. When he has outlived his usefulness. A year ago.

  6. Brett these days is often a bit like the goofy uncle that you see at Thanksgiving and Christmas. You smile and nod at his stories and then usually roll your eyes as you turn away.

  7. Favre now is narcissist and a drama queen

    was an excellent (HOF) football player is in his prime

    too bad he just doesn’t stay an the farm on be quiet

  8. What’s the Alan Rickman line in Galaxy Quest, he says to Tim Allen, Oh, of course! IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU, ISN’T IT?

    The level of narcissism this guy displays is just unbelievable. Payton left Indy because they were done with him, something neither you or Green Bay would acknowledge. I think the furthest thing from anyone’s mind is Favre’s effect on Payton.

    Once again, Betty, just go away.

  9. Brett Favre also had these comments:

    “me me me. I I I. me me me me me me. Enough about me, let’s talk about you. What do you think of me? Me me me. I I I. me me me.”

  10. No….Peyton wasn’t a jerk like you!
    You should have acted like an adult instead of acting like the Packers couldn’t do better than you. It was 99% your fault what happened. Thank God for Rodgers!!!!

  11. Blame the media for reporting and asking questions.

    They ask, so he answers.

    It’s not his Farves fault Profootballtalk quotes his every word.

  12. Man, this guy is so full of himself. I am guessing he also claims to have paved the way on how not to sext photos of your junk to women.

  13. Brett Favre also paved the way for Tom Brady not handing over his phone.

  14. dcpatfan says:
    Jul 9, 2015 4:37 PM

    And how many Titles does Luck have? And i believe last year in two playoff games Luck threw SIX interceptions. So lets not say Peyton sucked in the playoffs and Luck is the man just yet.

  15. Farve had nothing to do with Manning’s graceful exit from Indy.

    Manning’s graceful exit was due solely to the fact that Indy management wasn’t scared of Peyton going somewhere else where he would then get to play against them and that Indy’s fans are not a bunch of bitter Betties.

  16. myasylum11 says:
    Jul 9, 2015 4:45 PM
    Blame the media for reporting and asking questions.
    They ask, so he answers.
    It’s not his Farves fault Profootballtalk quotes his every word.

    They are not even quoting him correctly. PFT incorrectly paraphrases what he said in the title to get the most reaction that they can from the from the bitter Favre haters.

    Favre never said he paved the way for anything. He just answered the question that yes, other teams learned from their situation since he was really the first franchise QB since Joe Montana separated from San Fran (which what very badly, even worse than Favre and QB, but they didn’t have social media back then to overexpose every little incident 1000 fold). Other teams saw horribly the Packer organization bumbled it and Philadelphia and Indy decided to do things the right way. Just release the QB if you don’t want him anymore.

  17. I’ve always thought Michael David Smith was a terrible writer. Always spinning the facts. Way to spin the headline to make it seem as if Favre was bragging about “paving the way”. All he said was he felt Manning and Irsay learned from his situation. Just like any smart person learns from others mistakes. I don’t understand why everyone gets so fired up about anything that comes out of Favre’s mouth anyway… Who cares

  18. Yup…true story.

    Farve also invented selfie pics of your junk while wearing just crocs… and also is the inventor of Wrangler jeans.

    You’re welcome.

  19. Wait and see how Karen Rodgers handles his exit before you start chirping. Rodgers is a cry baby, hence blaming his calf injury on the turf in Tampa. Also every time Karen gets hit, he looks at the refs for flags or complains. Favre is a tough guy, old school, something Karen is not. Karen won’t even talk to the offensive lineman that protect him, that’s his ego. I could see Everson Griffen or Barr ending Karen’s season with 1 blind side blitz this year!! Wooooooooooo!!

  20. It has a lot more to do with the kind of people they are.

    Manning = a good person who cares about his fans.
    Favre = a self-absorbed prick who waffled on every decision and then did everything in his power to stick it to his old team (and fan base) because they finally moved on after he retired for the 4th time.

  21. This just in……Favre claims to have paved the way for Brian Williams. May have had a hand with Jesus walking on water…..

  22. Hmm…..who sounds bitter?

    Minnesota Vikings 2014.
    0-7 against teams with a .500 record or better.
    1-5 against the rest of the NFC North.
    Congrats on your stunning 13-9 victory over the Bears.

  23. Between this and ‘I could still play’, Farve truly misses people talking about him. Maybe JMadden could chime in.

  24. Favre only taught other QBs to have no respect for the football in the playoffs and lose. He said he didn’t change the way he played any other game in the playoffs. Manning, Brady, Rodgers, Ryan, Romo, and Stafford all copied. That’s what Favre can take credit for.

    Irsay hasn’t said a nice thing publicly about Manning since.

  25. Eli showed Favre how to play in the cold in the 2007 NFC championship game. Brett couldn’t handle it. Nice pass to Webster.

  26. Few teams ever draft (Favre was traded to GB, I know) back-to-back franchise QBs. (For the matter, many NFL teams can’t even make that decision once in a row.)

    Both GB and Indy were in the position of having to build for the future, and you can’t waste talent. The NFL is a business, and every team has to make that decision sooner or later: when to move on from your HOF talent, near the end of his career, when you believe you’ve got your next franchise QB.

    What’s the saying, better a year too early than a year too late?

    Favre made his own situation far worse with his waffling. He handled it about as badly as it was possible. GB made their decision and stuck to it. It’s a tough call to make, for sure, but that’s business in the NFL.

  27. And Bill Walsh paved the way for Joe Montana to leave after Montana had suffered numerous injuries and asked to be traded.

  28. There are still many packer fans who bear a grudge against Brett. It makes me smile at so many smug packer fan babies who still throw a tantrum every time his name is brought up. Packer fans are such classless losers!

  29. kev86 says:
    Jul 9, 2015 6:21 PM
    Eli showed Favre how to play in the cold in the 2007 NFC championship game. Brett couldn’t handle it. Nice pass to Webster.

    Then he showed Rodgers during the 2011 season playoffs.

  30. Over the years, I have heard many stories as to what a jackass, needy, and insecure person Farve is and was. Especially famous was how much he rediculed and rode Kurt Warner when he was a Free Agent signee fresh out of college and how he was jealous of any success Warner had after he found success with the Rams.

    Now, these series of interviews and self-important pronouncements make it crystal clear that his alleged personality defects are all true.

  31. Brett is going to talk himself into another ungraceful exit from Green Bay if he keeps talking up until that retirement dinner in a few weeks.

  32. Difference is, Manning was never blackmailed to throw interceptions in the playoffs, due to off the field sexting habits.

    Plus he wasn’t intentionally attempting to destroy his team, because the GM wouldn’t let him run the franchise.

  33. The world’s largest mirror is not big enough for Brett Favre’s head.

    True story.

  34. Peyton also didnt have microphones being shoved to his face year after year after year of the media repeatedly asking “are you going to retire?!” After his neck surgeries, NFL network didnt make horn noises for “Manning watch!” A ton of the Favre situation i blame on the media. You didnt get sick of Favre retirement because he kept say “im retiring, nah im not.” You got sick of it because from 2002-2008 that was the whole offseason, microphones in favres face asking if he was going to retire. then in 2008, green bay forced his hand, choose leaving the team you made a home on or retirement. I blame the media for the 8 year favre retirement debacle. A lot of time, this 24/7 nfl media news cycle is a curse. And players like favre and tebow besr the brunt of it and are resented for it.

  35. vikings28 says:
    Jul 9, 2015 5:35 PM
    Wait and see how Karen Rodgers handles his exit before you start chirping. Rodgers is a cry baby, hence blaming his calf injury on the turf in Tampa. Also every time Karen gets hit, he looks at the refs for flags or complains. Favre is a tough guy, old school, something Karen is not. Karen won’t even talk to the offensive lineman that protect him, that’s his ego. I could see Everson Griffen or Barr ending Karen’s season with 1 blind side blitz this year!! Wooooooooooo!!

    Vikings starting QBs since “Karen” entered the league:

    2005 Brad Johnson (9) / Daunte Culpepper (7) [73]
    2006 Brad Johnson (14) / Tarvaris Jackson (2) [74][19]
    2007 Tarvaris Jackson (12) / Kelly Holcomb (3) / Brooks Bollinger (1) [75][76][77]
    2008 Gus Frerotte (11) / Tarvaris Jackson (5) [78]
    2009 Brett Favre (16) [79][21]
    2010 Brett Favre (13) / Tarvaris Jackson (1) / Joe Webb (2) [80][81]
    2011 Christian Ponder (10) / Donovan McNabb (6) [82][83][84]
    2012 Christian Ponder (16) [85]
    2013 Christian Ponder (9) / Matt Cassel (6) / Josh Freeman (1) [86][87][88]
    2014 Teddy Bridgewater (12) / Matt Cassel (3) / Christian Ponder (1) [89][87][84]

  36. whatjusthapped says:
    Jul 9, 2015 4:35 PM

    Gracefully is the key word, Favre never exhibited any grace in any of dealings from waffling on his retirement, to his public proclamation that it wasn’t his job to mentor Rodgers to his sending pix of his junk to a woman who never wanted to see it.

    ——————–

    HOLD UP! That’s not true as they were more than ‘just friends’ as her best friend ousted the heck out of her when she tried to play the innocent role.

  37. vikings28 says:
    Jul 9, 2015 5:35 PM
    Wait and see how Karen Rodgers handles his exit before you start chirping.
    ////////////////////////////

    Who?

  38. Favre also paved the way for me to find some high quality, comfortable jeans

  39. Manning was owed $16M if they kept him. That’s what made it easy to cut him. Coming off neck surgery they couldn’t risk signing him, and no one else would pay that to find out either. Also, the Colts knew Manning wanted to play again.

    For the Packers, Favre retired. Coach and GM visited him just before the 2008 draft to make sure and he told them he was staying retired, so they drafted 2 QBs. Then Favre started showing his true colors.

    It’s bad enough they will retire his number and “honor” him next weekend, but I guess in his mind that’s just not enough credit – so now he wants credit for what other team’s did. Wow.

    As a Packers fan, I am sure am glad Ted Thompson had the guts to keep Rodgers and also get something for Favre. At the time, I wanted them to trade Favre to MN to get better picks, but all’s well that ends well.

  40. This is a prime example of how the media stirs the pot and selectively vilifies people. Saying others have learned from your mistakes is a far cry from saying you think you deserve some credit. Favre has admitted that he made mistakes. Both sides handled the situation very poorly. Anyone who thinks Manning and Irsay didn’t take note have their heads buried in the sand.

  41. gracxeffully ? what ? he held a 28 million $ gun to the colts head and forced them to cut him and then signed for 10 million less with his hand picked team that he wished to lead to post season disappointment in another city.

    looks like indy gets the last laugh on this one.

  42. Favre dumped on his teammates and Green Packer fans when he tried to help Detroit game plan while he was playing for the Jets. Hard to get much lower than that.

    You’d think for once he could just keep his big mouth shut and not try to take credit for the much classier Peyton Manning’s departure from the Colts.

    I’m a long time Packer fan and during Favre’s last few years with the team I got so sick and tired of him wanting everyone to beg him to play another year and talking retirement.

  43. Wisconsin77 says:
    Jul 9, 2015 7:45 PM
    kev86 says:
    Jul 9, 2015 6:21 PM
    Eli showed Favre how to play in the cold in the 2007 NFC championship game. Brett couldn’t handle it. Nice pass to Webster.

    Then he showed Rodgers during the 2011 season playoffs.

    ————–

    And then he forgot already…

  44. Except he didn’t, and Peyton didn’t. This is one of those sentences where both the factual predicate and the conclusion are wrong, known as an Obama.

  45. More like Manning showed Favre how a professional behaves.

    Manning showed respect to his current team by making his decision about returning in a timely manner to avoid putting the team in a bad spot. Favre not so much.

  46. Of course he did! Here’s a list of some of Favre’s other accomplishments…

    The retirement flip/flop position
    Gene splicing
    Edible women’s panties
    The flux capacitor

    Now Brett, please exit stage right, and go back to doing those awful commercials for Wrangler jeans and the Micro Touch groomer.

    Thanks!

  47. There Favre goes again telling everyone he deserves credit. Its all about him. He still wants to be in the spot light! You are retired now Favre. Just stay on your ranch and shut up.

  48. He also paved the way for Peyton to choke in big games and still have people somehow think you’re the greatest ever for some reason.

  49. Wonder what Peyton would say if you asked him to comment on Favre paving the way. … Bet he would laugh and think nobody could be as stupid to handle things the way Favre did.

  50. I guess retirement for these guys is as bad as it sounds. Delusional.

    Peyton, you’re hurt and have a big contract. We’re going to suck for Luck, then draft him and save a trillion dollars on the cap.

    Yeah Brett, just the way the Packers drew it up.

  51. As a Packers fan, I’m glad Favre realizes how badly he handled his departure from the Packers.
    The Packers handled things in a classy way while Favre and his agent handled it poorly.
    And the bottom line is, the Packers were proven right about giving the job to Rodgers and moving on from Favre.
    It did me a great favor. It killed once and for all any notion that I had that players and teams care about anything other than themselves. Because anyone who thinks either side does is just kidding themselves.
    I now look at my favorite teams just like my car. When the tires are worn, I get new ones and get rid of the old ones. There is no emotion about it what so ever.
    The same with players. I want the best players on the field at all times and couldn’t care less who they replace. For me, the focus is the team and the uniform. The players are just like automobile parts — easily replaced.

  52. If the hotshot QB in the draft wasn’t named Andrew Luck, Peyton would likely still have been a Colt.

  53. And in other news, Brett Favre says he invented the game of Football, created the Grand Canyon and was the first man to step foot on the moon…….

  54. thanks for the memories Brett, that was awesome when on Aug 15th 2009 an entire fanbase who had been saying for months ‘favre will never play for your team’ turned on their hero and went crazy angry. it was absolutely hilarious.

  55. Yeah, thanks for the memories Brett. When you took the hopes and dreams of Viking fans young and old to unfounded new heights and predictably brought them crashing back to earth in last-second epic fashion…it was truly Shakespearean drama at its’ finest.

    The Packers may have choked a great opportunity last winter, but at least they weren’t forced to eat it (by their own hand) as the Vikings were. And we have you to thank for it.

    You’re the best.

  56. It had nothing to do with Favre. Jim Irsay is a class act and he wanted to do what was best for both sides. At the time, it wasn’t clear if Peyton was ever going to play another down, and he had just hired a new GM that was telling him that Andrew Luck might be the greatest QB ever, and he’d be ready to go from day one. The Packers had a young Aaron Rodgers who had been sitting on the bench for 2-3 seasons already, and Favre was just not getting it done anymore. Favre was the one who made the thing uncomfortable for everyone.

  57. sure, winning the super bowl would’ve been nice but the immediate and lasting disdain and pure hatred and anger directed toward favre in 09 from packer faithful is something viking fans can look back on and laugh about forever… and they can never take it away from us. haha. skol!

  58. Frazier28/7 says:
    Jul 10, 2015 6:48 PM
    sure, winning the super bowl would’ve been nice but the immediate and lasting disdain and pure hatred and anger directed toward favre in 09 from packer faithful is something viking fans can look back on and laugh about forever… and they can never take it away from us. haha.
    ///////////////////////

    You know what? What you’re describing never happened like that. You wish it did…..but it didn’t.

    Nice try. Go back to sleep

  59. Favre leaving the Packers was like finding out your car was stolen and abandoned. Favre joining the Vikings was like finding out later the window was broken.

    In consideration of the damage already done, the window was no big deal. At that point, the feeling we had was not “lasting disdain and pure hatred and anger.”

    It was more like “he’s all yours.” See the difference? That’s the reality.

  60. i’m sure packer faithful had a much more different opinion back in ’09 about having favre sign with minnesota

  61. Frazier28/7 says:
    Jul 12, 2015 6:26 PM
    i’m sure packer faithful had a much more different opinion back in ’09 about having favre sign with minnesota
    ////////////////////////////////////

    I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m guessing you’re not a member of the “Packer faithful.”

    So how would you know?

  62. internet, social media, sports radio, espn.

    were you in a coma in august of 2009?
    you guys were furious

  63. Frazier28/7 says:
    Jul 12, 2015 11:38 PM
    internet, social media, sports radio, espn.
    ///////////////////////////////////

    Yes….at Favre and his deliberate attempt to manipulate the Packers. But not because he eventually joined the Vikings. He could’ve joined any other team….(and he did!) He purposefully sought another team to get himself to a SuperBowl….not his teammates……himself.

    The Vikings had nothing to do with. I know you’d like to think so, but no credit is due. Sorry.

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