Rodgers thinks Packers fans love Favre again

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The last time Brett Favre played in Green Bay, he was the quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, and he was booed off the field by Packers fans. But times have changed.

That’s the word from Aaron Rodgers, who said on NFL Network that Packers fans love Favre again, as they did throughout his tenure as the Packers’ starting quarterback. Rodgers said that with the team inducting Favre into the Packers Hall of Fame this weekend, Favre is going to get a very warm reception.

“I hope he gets the reception he deserves. I’m sure he will,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers also said he has warm feelings toward Favre personally, crediting Favre with showing him how a quarterback should lead a football team. There may have been a time when neither Rodgers nor the fans in Green Bay thought much of Favre, but that time is in the past.

99 responses to “Rodgers thinks Packers fans love Favre again

  1. I sure miss watching him play.
    He was the most entertaining man in football.

    Good, bad, and the ugly.

  2. Favre’s on again/off again retirement tango was brutal — but Packer Nation should love Favre. That franchise had receded into comparative irrelevance from a competitive standpoint – until Wolf stole him from the Falcons.

    Favre, like all of us, has his flaws — but the man deserves a truckload of credit for balling out like he did for the Pack.

  3. The bad blood between Favre and the Pack fans got way better when Aaron won SB45. Then they stood together when Aaron won his first MVP award. These events and time healed all things.

  4. Green Bay is one of the greatest franchise in sports history, and should be treated with respect. They belong in the same breath as Manchester United, the New York Yankees, Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Lakers.

  5. He was so bad, so dumb, and so overrated. That’s a 90’s story though. Nobody cares. I wasn’t dumb enough to understand why ESPN liked this guy. That was the last time ESPN was relevant and I watched it before their talent left for the local market channels in the 90’s. ESPN was amazing in the 80’s and 90’s. Now they’re the least relevant thing on Earth like newspapers.

  6. Who cares what Rodgers thinks. The last time I saw him he was doing a staged photo-op with his pretend girlfriend. SMH. At least this is better than telling everyone about yoga I guess.

  7. Rodgers is a class act to say these things. What he really meant to say was the Packers have since won a Superbowl so that will make all this much more palatable and the closest Favre got to the Superbowl since then was a 12th man in the huddle. Some say it was Childress’s fault, we know it as karma.

  8. Rodgers thinks Packers fans love Favre again. Yeah, but not as much as ESPN and Favre love Favre…still

  9. To suggest all Packer fans hated Favre after the messy, botched, convoluted ‘separation’ is just plain wrong. Disappointment yes, hate or dislike absolutely not.

  10. Are you sure Rodgers is quoted accurately?

    Might he have said, “I hope he gets the interception he deserves. I’m sure he will”

  11. I still remember when Rodgers took over for Favre and Packers fans were swearing and spitting at Rodgers. Packers fans should be shameful for the things they did. But of course, Packers fans are pathetic and will never have shame and will never forgive any one.

  12. When more than one team played actually pass defense …Favre won 3 straight MVPs and was the best football player in the world. Overrated he wasn’t, gambler he was. People that did not see him play in his prime don’t understand how great he was and just remember him during his last seven years or so…..

  13. Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night, and am like “Did Brett Favre really play for the Minnesota Vikings, or was that all just a dream?”

  14. Favre us everyone’s favorite after not clapping like a trained seal at the Espy’s. Brett for President!

  15. Most overrated fanbase in all of professional sports. Of course they sell out all the games… what the hell else are they going to do in Green Bay, WI. Hang out at Applebee’s?

    Also, Favre and Rodgers can’t stand eachother. That’s no secret.

  16. He should be welcomed with open arms. I remember what the packers were like for the 20 years before Favre arrived, awful. He returned Green Bay to Title Town. Give the man his props.

  17. timegambit: hey, I resemble that remark. #4 will get some love, but deep down, there’s always going to be some ill will for the way he handled it all.

  18. Time heals all wounds, welcome back Brett, one of the greatest QB’s to watch play the game!!!!!

  19. There isn’t one knucklehead commenter here whose team had a QB anywhere close to Favre. If they did, why was the league’s smallest market team on TV every Sunday?

  20. Green Bay is one of the greatest franchise in sports history, and should be treated with respect.
    ——
    Just preposterous. 2 SB wins in 60 years. At least 5-6 other NFL franchises are better throughout their history. And the fans turned on one of their greatest players of all time.

  21. Timegambit wins the sports internet for best comment. Also, Packers fans who have anything but love for favre are no real fans of football. Favre is a legend… Signed, not a Pack fan, but a fan of the game.

  22. Life long Vikings fan from the early 60’s to present I am just not wired to hate opposing terams/players Farve was a pleasure to watch as a Packer even better as a Vike. Just as Rodgers is a pleasure to watch as a Packer now. Hopefully Bridgewater can take a few steps forward and give the Vikes a good QB to watch for many years. I love my Vikings and will root for them till I die. But it doesn’t stop me from appreciating great players from other teams. I loved Carl Eller , Jim Marshall and Alan Page back in the day, never stopped me from enjoying watching Deacon Jones, Merlin Olson, Bob Lily and Claude Humphries. Get a grip with the hating opposing players talk in many of these threads it’s a game! We are allowed to enjoy not just our teams great players but other teams great players as well.

  23. “This is only a story in Green Bay. Outside of that small area, nobody cares.”

    Exactly… Please explain that to all these Minny fans trolling the story, Poor fans of the all time worst playoff record team in NFL history… I wish they would just focus on their upcoming lottery pick draft in the 2016 draft.

  24. Arizona should have signed him last year.

    Probably still better than 19 starters in the league on most days:

    Matt Cassel BUF Will never complete a pass past 4 yards.
    Ryan Tannehill MIA Overrated.
    Geno Smith NYJ Turnover machine 14/16 games.

    Andy Dalton CIN Winless in the playoffs.
    Josh McCown CLE Discarded often, now on his SEVENTH NFL team.

    Brian Hoyer/Ryan Mallett HOU Lack of arm strength/lack of accuracy–take your pick.
    Blake Bortles JAC Maybe someday, though doubtful.
    Marcus Mariota TEN Far from being pro ready, though he does have the prima donna thing going for him.

    Peyton Manning DEN Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning in name only–it is painfully clear that nothing is left.
    Alex Smith KC No TDs to wr’s all year.
    Derek Carr OAK Looong ways to go.

    Sam Bradford PHI Most overrated and overpaid player in the league after the current version of Peyton Manning.
    RG3 WAS One of the biggest busts this decade.
    Eli Manning NYG More likely to lead the league in interceptions than anyone else on this list, even Favre.

    Jay Cutler CHI A whiner with no character and no mental toughness with more red zone turnovers than anyone (even Favre). No one kills coaches the way Cutler does.
    Matthew Stafford DET Just as likely to go 19/40 0 td-3 int as 28/40 3 td- int when facing real competition.
    Ted Bridgwewater MIN Refuses to throw a pass downfield.

    Jameis Winston TB Being talked up too much to not fail.
    Carson Palmer ARI Another season ending injury waiting to happen. Cursed to never realize his potential.
    Nick Foles STL Traded for the most overrated and overpaid and easily injured player in the league. Says something about him, not just his stupid coach.

  25. boomboombrown says:
    Jul 17, 2015 9:04 PM

    I hope that they remember that all the records he set were as a Minnesota Viking!
    =========================

    Nope. We don’t. All we remember about that was this: “Favre, back to pass, fires over the middle, intercepted by Tracy Porter. WHY DO YOU EVEN PONDER PASSING MAN! THIS ISN’T DETROIT THIS IS THE SUPERBOWL!”

  26. Honest question here if someone could clue me in: why is he being brought into the Packers HOF this weekend and not during the season in two months?

    Or was “this weekend” a misprint? Can someone let me know?

  27. Happy for the Packers…happy for the game of football. Favre is a true legend and made the game fun to watch even if you weren’t a Green Bay fan. It would have been a travesty to have a Packer Ring of Honor without Brett Favre! Good to have a happy ending for a change in these days when all we seem to get from the NFL are changes to the game and the latest dirty deeds updates.

  28. We Packer nation appreciate what Brett Favre did for this organization as we appreciate what Aaron Rodgers and current staff is doing as well.We here in Green Bay Wisconsin have a long and proud history of great football and people of the finest caliper.We stand as one great football family and invite as well as encourage anyone who wants to join this great tradition of close nit family and franchise to join this never ending celebration of triumph.

  29. I remember when the Packers first picked up Favre and me saying to my brother “I can’t wait to see Brett favre play”..and he said “Who’?

  30. Ariana…I know you long for a team that will make you proud.It’s no secret that you have a hidden passion for the Green Bay Packers.My advise to you is just let yourself be a packer fan and you too can enjoy all the good feelings that the team can give you.You have been all over Packer columns for a few years now.It’s tome to stop pretending and join in on the celebrating of the greatest sports franchise of all time.It’s ok,Packer nation will accept you with open arms.

  31. As a Vikings fan, I always loved the way Favre played the game. He was great for the Packers and he was great for the Vikings, oh, and Rodgers is awesome! I only hope that the Vikings finally have in Bridgewater what the Packers have had in Favre and Rodgers…

  32. There was no one more exciting to watch, week in, week out, year in, year out. He played at an incredible high level for his entire career. He is indeed a legend.

  33. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jul 17, 2015 9:04 PM
    Green Bay is one of the greatest franchise in sports history, and should be treated with respect. They belong in the same breath as Manchester United, the New York Yankees, Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Lakers.

    109 53

    …true

    and idiots need religion

  34. ariani1985 says:
    Jul 17, 2015 8:51 PM
    Translation, I hope that the fans don’t turn on me to!

    ============================

    Aaron is too smart to burn a bridge like Brett did….

  35. If you are a Packers fan, is there really any reason to hate Farve play on the field?

  36. Farve is top 3 all time QB and SB 45 that Rodgers won belongs to Farve.
    Farve would also have won another with the Vikings. But the NFL allowed the Saints the cheap shot him so many times he couldnt make a play at the end of the game.
    And one more point. Rodgers wouldnt have made it through the first half of that game that Farve played against the Saints.

  37. I have been a die hard Packers fan since I was a little kid, and the Superbowl win with Rodgers was exactly what I needed at that point in my life so it will always hold a special place in my life… and I am kinda just rolling my eyes until after this Favre hype is done. That guy burned his bridges with me once he put on a Vikings helmet to prove the Packers wrong. Green Bay vs. Vikings in Favres first season, I had two parties each game, and each game everyone left kinda patting me on the back like, “it will be okay”. that stung worse than any ex girlfriend.

    Bottom line, I think the Packers were wise to do this in the dead of the offseason, because they’d alienate a lot of the fanbase by doing this at a real game. Ya’ll can tell us how the past heals all wounds, but sometimes grudges last. Rodgers has always said the right things to the media about Favre, and good for him that he is wise in saying things that limit the media’s ability to create controversy, but Favre is dead to a lot of us despite his contributions, some scars run too deep, and it isnt forgiven just because the team tells us to

  38. Talking about Giants fans not knowing anything? I do know we ended Brett’s career as a Packer, in a game he should’ve won heavily. I do know we have 4 rings in this era of football. I do know that we also eliminated your boy Rodgers on the way to our 4th ring. But hey, keep insulting a team’s fan base that has gotten the better of you over the last decade.

  39. Bo Darville says:

    His best year was as a Viking.
    ================================
    This comment gives you insight into the frail thinking of a Viking fan. In the other 31 NFL cities, it is fully understood that the only objective is to win the Superbowl. That being said, Favre has only won one Superbowl and it wasn’t with the Vikings so to say his best year was with the Vikings is just beyond dumb. Maybe 54 years of futility, 4 Superbowl losses and 5 NFC Championship game loses (12 men in the huddle anyone?) has soften the brains of the Viking fans.

  40. I think the onus falls on Favre more than the Packers. The Packer fans were simply being faithful to the team, not to one player that placed himself above the team.

    Favre lost his voice-of-reason when his father died, made some self-centered, arrogant, and ill-advised decisions which he now apparently regrets.

    He’s saying the right things. The events this weekend are only whetting the appetite for the Thanksgiving Day game against the Bears, when they retire his jersey at halftime.

    By then, all will be forgiven and the atmosphere of total appreciation for one of the most important and beloved players in the history of the Packers will be on display at that game, and promises to never be replicated at that level anywhere ever again.

  41. “We Packer nation appreciate what Brett Favre did for this organization as we appreciate what Aaron Rodgers and current staff is doing as well.We here in Green Bay Wisconsin have a long and proud history of great football and people of the finest caliper.We stand as one great football family and invite as well as encourage anyone who wants to join this great tradition of close nit family and franchise to join this never ending celebration of triumph.”

    Maybe you should celebrate less and spend a little time learning to spell.

    caliber
    knit

  42. Green Bay is one of the greatest franchise in sports history, and should be treated with respect.
    ——
    Just preposterous. 2 SB wins in 60 years. At least 5-6 other NFL franchises are better throughout their history. And the fans turned on one of their greatest players of all time.
    ———————————–

    In the past 60 years the Green Bay Packers have 7 titles. I am willing to bet you anything you wish that whatever second rate franchise you cheer for has fewer.

    And judging by your ignorant knowledge of NFL history I would gladly double the bet and wager your team has zero.

  43. When Rodgers turns 40 he will retire with another ring or 2. The Vikings will will still not have won the Super Bowl. Eli Manning, he will still have more rings than his brother. That will justify another decade of 20 plus picks by Eli. Favre will be the second greatest Packer at that point.

  44. overatedselfpromoter says:
    Jul 18, 2015 6:20 AM
    -SB45 BELONGS TO FARVE
    -Its time for Arron Rodgers to let everyone know exactly who he is.

    ////////////////////////////////////

    Oh, you sound like a real expert. Can’t spell Favre correctly. Can’t spell Aaron correctly.

    Yup. We all need to listen to you.

  45. No wonder he retired as a Viking, to avoid all the cheese heads who held a grudge against him playing for the enemy. Say all you want about super bowls children. This Viking fan enjoyed Brett as a rival and cheered for him when he switched teams. 1st ballot on HOF and could care less about the packer hall of fame and retiring numbers. Keep on trolling kiddies!!!!

  46. Favre was a baller and loved watching him play his game. The retirements got old but I guess he didn’t want to let go of competing on Sundays even if it had to be for another team.

  47. ReligionIsForIdiots says:

    Green Bay is one of the greatest franchise in sports history, and should be treated with respect.
    =====================================

    But the majority of Green Bay is religious. I don’t think they would care for your bigotry towards them.

  48. atthemurph says:

    In the past 60 years the Green Bay Packers have 7 titles.
    ========================================

    The Super Bowl is all that matters.

  49. Classless. Classless the way he chose to end his tenure in GB. Classless how he went to the Jets just to collect a paycheck and not even try. Classless how he sent obscene texts to that poor lady. Classless how he signed with the Vikings simply to spite GB. Classless how both GB and the NFL are now celebrating this clown. Civilization is doomed.

  50. “The bad blood between Favre and the Pack fans got way better when Aaron won SB45. ”

    Had it not been for Favre getting himself traded to the Jets the Pack may not have Rodgers today as its unlikely he would have stuck around on the bench another two years until Favre actually did retire.

  51. Packers lived & died by the Favre for some of the most fun seasons for a fan. Wolf, Holmgren, Favre, White it was perfect timing & something great to watch

  52. you know how many championships Rodgers could have if he had the defenses that Favre played in green bay?? yes, favre was the best player on the team at the most important, but man, some of those packer defenses were pretty darn good.

    welcome home, brett. thanks for the viking fun and enjoy your retirement as a packer. nobody remembers allen page played 2 years for chicago, and nobody cares.

  53. GB sold out of tickets to sit OUTSIDE in the stadium and watch the ceremony on the screen in about 8 hours. So yeah, I think a lot of people have forgiven if not totally forgotten.

  54. Report comment
    stellarperformance says:
    Jul 18, 2015 8:58 AM
    overatedselfpromoter says:
    Jul 18, 2015 6:20 AM
    -SB45 BELONGS TO FARVE
    -Its time for Arron Rodgers to let everyone know exactly who he is.

    ////////////////////////////////////

    Oh, you sound like a real expert. Can’t spell Favre correctly. Can’t spell Aaron correctly.

    Farve is great but he doesnt know how to spell his name.
    And who cares how The Princess spells his

  55. conormacleod says:
    Jul 17, 2015 10:35 PM

    Green Bay is one of the greatest franchise in sports history, and should be treated with respect.
    ——
    Just preposterous. 2 SB wins in 60 years. At least 5-6 other NFL franchises are better throughout their history. And the fans turned on one of their greatest players of all time.
    ==================================
    Really turning on the math there, huh conormcleod? 4 Super Bowl wins in the last 60 years, not 2. And then 3 more NFL championships in 1965, 1962, and 1961. Only the Steelers, 49ers, and Cowboys have more Super Bowl victories.

    And you know why the fans finally turned on Favre. He toyed with the fans for years with his flip-flopping. Any intelligent fandom would have reacted in the same way.

    And the Vikings in their entire history? Participation medals.

  56. Frazier28/7 says:
    Jul 18, 2015 11:15 AM
    ………..nobody remembers allen page played 2 years for chicago, and nobody cares.

    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    That’s because Page was an orange and Favre was an apple.

    There’s a difference.

  57. Rodgers has a lot of class. He was treated like dirt by Favre when he first arrived. Favre refused to mentor Rodgers or even deign to even say hello for the first 6 months or so. Even Green Bay fans turned on Rodgers claiming he was awful in pre games (with scrubs) and even booed him at training camp. To Rodgers’ credit he never said anything negative against Favre or the fans.

    Green Bay is lucky to have two hall of fame QBs but one guy is all class.

  58. Remember all those Super Bowls won in Minnesoooota…..yeah me neither.
    Boom goes da Dynamite
    The Vikings always have and always will SUCK!

  59. I have forgiven Brett!

    The Lion’s suck and their fans are delusional if they think their choke team can contend with the Packers, they will be lucky to beat the Bears this year, The Bears are already better then the Lions with their new coaching staff. Lions and Vikings are 2nd rate franchises.

    GO Pack!

  60. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jul 17, 2015 9:04 PM

    Green Bay is one of the greatest franchise in sports history, and should be treated with respect. They belong in the same breath as Manchester United, the New York Yankees, Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Lakers.

    Two championships in the last 40 years hardly puts them in the category of the other teams. The Packers were great when Lombardi was coaching the team, but since he left, there hasn’t been much to write home about.

  61. A lot of teams can’t sell out preseason games… SAD. Some teams can’t sell out regular season games … SO SAD… Some teams can’t even sell out playoff games… SO PATHETIC… The Packer sellout the stadium even when there isn’t a game… NO OTHER FRANCHISE LIKE IT!!!!!

  62. vikingcheesegrater says:
    Jul 18, 2015 10:07 PM

    Two championships in the last 40 years hardly puts them in the category of the other teams. The Packers were great when Lombardi was coaching the team, but since he left, there hasn’t been much to write home about.

    Unfortunately for you, Viqueencheesegrater, as a Viking fan with exactly ZERO championships in the pathetic history of the organization, you don’t qualify to comment on what teams constitute “the greatest.” Sorry.

  63. cinvis says:
    Jul 18, 2015 10:14 PM

    A lot of teams can’t sell out preseason games… SAD. Some teams can’t sell out regular season games … SO SAD… Some teams can’t even sell out playoff games… SO PATHETIC… The Packer sellout the stadium even when there isn’t a game… NO OTHER FRANCHISE LIKE IT!!!!!

    ____________________
    Unless its a really cold playoff game. Then the Packets need corporations to buy out unsold tickets so the game will not be blacked out

  64. Harlan hired Wolf. Wolf hired Holmgren and Favre. Favre attracted Reggie White. Packers fans stopped having to get stoked by Chuck Cecil helmet-to-helmet hits.

  65. Rodgers is a bad dude.. Any QB that can make fans forget about Favre is great!!!

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