Aaron Rodgers denies calling Brett Favre “grandpa” when they met

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I’ve been working my way through Jeff Pearlman’s excellent Brett Favre bio, hoping to experience it one page at a time without picking up any of the entertaining nuggets lurking in the latter pages. But I couldn’t avoid learning about one specific anecdote regarding the first time Favre met Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay’s first-round pick in 2005.

According to the book, Rodgers said this to Favre the first time they ever met: “Good morning, Grandpa.”

On Wednesday, Rodgers denied the claim.

“I’ll just say this: The first time I met Brett was on the practice field, and I could barely get a sentence out of, ‘Hello, my name is Aaron,'” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “Did I call him ‘Grandpa’ at any time during the three years together? Probably. But it’s in the same joking way that my man Brett Hundley called me ‘Grandpa’ three weeks ago on the field when we were doing a competitive drill.

“The story that was out there that I saw is completely 100 percent false, and I would dare anybody to test my memory on that. You guys know how my memory works. The end.”

It’s hardly the end, given some of the other stories told in Pearlman’s book. For example, Pearlman writes that, as a rookie, Rodgers bragged that he got a 35 on the Wonderlic test.

“Brett, what did you get?” Rodgers eventually asked Favre during a quarterbacks meeting.

“I have no idea,” Favre said.

“I do,” Rodgers replied. “I looked it up. You got a 22.”

After Rodgers left the room, Favre said to position coach Darrell Bevell and quarterback Craig Nall, “F–king Wonderlic score. Do you believe that sh-t? I run circles around his ass.”

At one point, receiver Donald Driver pulled Rodgers aside and said, “Aaron, we get it. You’re smart. Now shut the f–k up.”

We’ll see whether he does in response to the other contentions contained in the book.

49 responses to “Aaron Rodgers denies calling Brett Favre “grandpa” when they met

  1. Hmmm, which do I care less about? Favre’s Wonderlich score or the team sexually harassing Rodgers for not bragging about pulling tail?

  2. Geez I hope this isn’t the reason Erin is playing bad. Erin needs his ego stroked daily to play well. Can’t wait till Favre writes a book and talks about this willow.

  3. I already know there are two blatant lies in that book so I can’t give much credence to anything in it. When Brett writes his own book, I’ll read it.

  4. Rodgers’ memory has been reported on many times, by many sources. The last account I read said he can tell you, in detail, about any play from any game in his entire career.

    Having a brother with an eidetic memory, I understand how this works. You can beat my brother at a lot of things… any kind of argument dealing with actual facts is not one of them. He’s like Sheldon Cooper, only less annoying.

  5. Pearlman is already removing the portion of the quote from Driver containing the swearing from future prints after Driver called him out on it (it’s well-known he does not curse). Craig Nall has also refuted the angle that the pranks were ill-natured, and the title should include the tag line “based on a true story.” Combined with this denial from Rodgers as well, and it’s clear there are some accuracy issues and the sources used for these stories may have some motives for painting the pictures they did.

  6. Everyone though Favre did not like Rodgers at first because Rodgers had the ball boy as his roommate. Turns out that is plain wrong. Favre did not like Rodgers because he was a dick. Plain and simple.

  7. Favre said at the time a thought that is no longer true:

    “I run circles around his a–.”

    Rodgers will eventually be deemed a better QB than Favre by the time Rodgers retires…..and I’d expect him to win at least one more Super Bowl……Favre won ONLY one.

  8. grabgrabgrab says:
    Oct 26, 2016 9:42 PM

    GOAT, and brilliant. Pretty awesome to be a Green Bay fan these days!!!
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    OK, let’s pump the brakes there a little. Rodgers is a good quarterback, but he is far removed from being the greatest of all time. I personally don’t see him ever getting there.

  9. One could easily imagine that smug pr*ck Rogers saying all of these things, most likely with that same big crap eating grin on his face that he displays at every post game presser.

  10. I’m half expecting the book to reveal that Favre and Rodgers were secret lovers. That Rodgers is actually the son of Lombardis first cousins grand daughter and Ted Tompson. Aditionally I suspect that Vince Lombardi never died, but actually lives in a cabin in Wisconsin, and the only one who knows is Mike McCarthy who gets his game plan from him every Monday.

  11. Everyone knows Favre was no angel, but I always thought he got a bit of a bad rap over his treatment of Rodgers when he was drafted. I had heard from lots of sources that Rodgers showed up in GB with a huge chip on his shoulder for falling in the draft. He expected to be drafted first. He was miserable to deal with and everyone disliked him. Apparently, he came to camp his second year with a new attitude.

  12. It’s no surprise that Rodgers is an arrogant individual.
    It’s obvious to non biased NFL fans that he thinks so highly of himself.

    To packer fans and the media who think Rodgers is GOD, this book is going to turn them into raving maniacs about all of these “lies”.

  13. when Greg Jennings left for Minnesota he and Rodgers had some hard feelings, it was reported that Jennings didn’t like the fact that Rodgers never took fault for anything that went wrong on offense, and would call out the receivers if he thought they ran the wrong route on a play. Favre would always tell the coaches it was his fault and didn’t make the right read. I can see where Rodgers would rub people the wrong way with his OCD approach to the game. he’s certainly not as entertaining as Favre was on Sunday’s, but I’m not going to argue with the results either.

  14. Pearlman did not interview Favre for this book. Repeat: Pearlman did not interview Favre for this book, and he’s already receiving demands for retractions.

    The guy wants to sell books. What’s the best way to do that? Stir up controversy.

    Unless and until I hear Brett Favre himself say; “My name is Brett Favre and I approve this message,” it’s all BS to me.

  15. stellarperformance says:
    Oct 27, 2016 9:05 AM

    Pearlman did not interview Favre for this book. Repeat: Pearlman did not interview Favre for this book, and he’s already receiving demands for retractions.

    The guy wants to sell books. What’s the best way to do that? Stir up controversy.

    Unless and until I hear Brett Favre himself say; “My name is Brett Favre and I approve this message,” it’s all BS to me.
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    Lol at that and comments like that. If you only read publicist approved material then you may as well look up their official bio or go to their web page. While I agree Favrerer should have been interviewed/interrogated in regards to why he was given a pass for being a douche and a bad team mate he wasn’t. Rogers comes of as eager and intellectual, less jockular. Dumb people are threatened by smart people. It’s ok, call them nerds, soft, dweebs, whatever. Also call them the ones who can read progressions and know where the ball is supposed to go. If you believe this to be a bad thing, well good thing you, like me, are just a know nothing commenter and not a GM.

  16. I believe it by the simple fact of his quote about the subject….. “The story that was out there that I saw is completely 100 percent false, and I would dare anybody to test my memory on that. You guys know how my memory works. The end.”

    Right there he is bragging about his memory, which has to do with his mind. It’s just another way of him bragging about his intelligence.

  17. So, scoring 35 on the Wonderlic makes you a thin skinned pretentious SOB. Got it.

  18. The Wonderlic thing leads me to believe one of two things. Either Rodgers was incredibly immature and didn’t know how to have good natured “ribbing” with his cohort, or, Rodgers is just a gigantic d-bag.

  19. trident says:
    Oct 26, 2016 10:10 PM
    How is calling him Erin considered a good insult by so many nfl fans? Maybe I wasn’t born in the 19th century but lolwhat…

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    Not even that, its not like Erin is exclusively a girl’s name. Erin Henderson would probably take issue with that.

  20. ariani1985 says:
    Oct 27, 2016 10:23 AM
    Karma for having the NFL record 22 fumble 6s!
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    Sorry arianal….the NFL record for Fumble-6’s is held by Teddy Bridgewater with 29. And the NFL record for Pick-6’s is held by Sam Bradford with 28, already including four just since he joined the Vikings.

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