On changing teams, Brett Favre told Tom Brady to “go for it”

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Tom Brady’s idol, who left the team with which he won four Super Bowls, thought Brady should stay in New England. Another Hall of Fame quarterback who changed teams late in his career told Brady to embrace the opportunity to start over.

“I spoke to Tom briefly at the Super Bowl,” Brett Favre said Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “They did the Top 100 and we had a chance to visit a little bit. I didn’t say, ‘What are you gonna do?’ I just said, ‘Hey, if you’re thinking about going elsewhere,’ I said, ‘Go for it.’ And he asked me, if I had it to do over again would I do it the same way. And I would.”

Favre forced his way from the Packers to the Jets after the Packers nudged Favre into a February retirement that by July he regretted. After a failed season with the Jets, Favre nearly returned to the Super Bowl with the Vikings.

“It wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped in New York but I’m glad I had that opportunity,” Favre said. “His situation obviously is different than mine. There’s no reason to think they didn’t want him back in New England, it would be dumb not to, and I know they wanted him back. But I think he just wanted to try his hand at something else and, knowing he can still play, just see if he can do the magic that he’s done with New England with another team. I certainly think he can. And I do think it is a good fit for him. I think they have a very good team and they are much better now. And adding [Rob] Gronkowski only makes them even better.”

Favre has no concern about Brady hurting his legacy in Tampa.

“More than likely [Brady] will enhance his legacy, if anything,” Favre said. “Look, it’s his prerogative first of all, what he wants and can do. What he’s done I don’t think we’ll see in the next two generations. It’s almost impossible what he accomplished. He’s just that good. Why fault a guy for wanting to try his hand somewhere else? He still feels like he can play. I certainly think he can play at the highest of levels.”

Favre added a caveat for 2020 based on the absence of an offseason training program. Plenty of league observers believe that Brady will find a way to get on the same page with his new teammates, possibly via secret training sessions that may not necessarily comply with stay-at-home orders or social-distancing guidelines. Brady, who recently was booted from a closed park in Tampa while working out there, will want to do whatever he has to do to win, coronavirus and anyone or anything else that may get in the way be damned.

35 responses to “On changing teams, Brett Favre told Tom Brady to “go for it”

  1. Revisionist history. Brett’s post Packer legacy was succinctly captured in some cellphone self portraits.

    Meanwhile, the Packers won their NFL record 13th World Championship.

  2. Did Brett tell him to talk to Brad Childress, too? Farve took two years to get to Childress and the Vikings after the Packers demoted him, and he remains the best QB the Vikings ever had.

  3. And he asked me, if I had it to do over again would I do it the same way. And I would.”
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    Everything except for texting that picture while with the Jets.

  4. Doesn’t work out very often, ageing QBs who can’t face retiring. Arguably Peyton did it but only with HGHelp, and even then had to be dragged to a title despite an awful passer rating.

  5. Buccaneers are all in on a Super Bowl run. Reporters will be living in Tampa once practices resume. It will be feeding frenzy for the press.

  6. See. Plain & simple. Lord Favre got disgusted with gb.
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    See what? Says right there in the article that the Packers nudged him into retirement. You should read better

  7. It’s a shame Favre had his career ended prematurely by being forced to play behind a sieve of an O-line in Minnesota. He had to run for his life. Too bad. He could’ve played until he was 50 and probably won two or three SuperBowls for the Vikings, but…….that’s how they roll.

  8. Well at least Favre got his jersey retired. Look that he has no grudge against GB.

  9. “Go for it” was Favre’s mantra.

    Should I throw into triple coverage?
    Should I leave the Packers?
    Should I hit send?

    Go for it!

  10. Favre forced his way from the Packers to the Jets after the Packers nudged Favre into a February retirement …. doesn’t sound like he forced it … sounds either mutual or they forced it…

  11. After Green Bay’s dispicible treatment of Favre and Favre joining the Vikings packer fans were burning his jersey in the streets and in trsah cans around Lambeau. (you can still watch it on youtube today). Nothing like this happened with Brady and new England or pats fans.

  12. Maybe Brady will throw a back breaking interception in the NFC championship game like Favre did with the Vikings.

  13. Brett Favre blames himself for his messy divorce with the Green Bay Packers following the 2007 season.

    Favre, who previously avoided talking publicly about his ending in Green Bay, made his comments during a radio interview with WGR 550-AM in Buffalo on Thursday.

    “It’s over and done with. I was at fault,” Favre said.

    ESPN 6/7/13

  14. Favre’s best statistical season was with the Vikings. He will always be considered a Viking.

  15. Brady left with class and dignity, while Favre acted like an infant in forcing his way out.

  16. Favre forced his way from the Packers to the Jets after the Packers nudged Favre into a February retirement …. doesn’t sound like he forced it … sounds either mutual or they forced it…
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    the Packers forced it. Take a gander at what other teams did when they were ready to move on from a great QB. Indy let Peyton go where he wanted, SF let Montana go where he wanted, NE let Brady go where he wanted. Only the Packers got into a spitting match with their hall of fame QB and wouldn’t release him after they told him he was being put out to pasture. They told him Rodgers was the man and they panicked when Favre showed up in GB because most knew Favre could still outplay Rodgers at that time. Heck, the Packers offered Favre $20Million to not play elsewhere. Both sides handled it badly but the GB brass handled it horribly.

  17. nyneal
    Sorry Bub. Fran was the best QB the Vikings have had and it’s not even close.

  18. ” Only the Packers got into a spitting match with their hall of fame QB and wouldn’t release him after they told him he was being put out to pasture. ”

    The Packers knew Favre wanted to go to the Vikings because he was good friends with their OC Bevell. So the GM said he could go to any team outside of the Packers division.

  19. secondgenameriacan says:
    April 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm
    Favre forced his way from the Packers to the Jets after the Packers nudged Favre into a February retirement …. doesn’t sound like he forced it … sounds either mutual or they forced it…
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    the Packers forced it. Take a gander at what other teams did when they were ready to move on from a great QB. Indy let Peyton go where he wanted, SF let Montana go where he wanted, NE let Brady go where he wanted. Only the Packers got into a spitting match with their hall of fame QB and wouldn’t release him after they told him he was being put out to pasture. Both sides handled it badly but the GB brass handled it horribly.
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    This entire thread is rife with inaccuracies and revisionist histories, but yours has been most curious.
    Every one of these situations you mention have to be taken under their own individual circumstances.

    The Colts let Manning walk because they were about to draft his successor in Andrew Luck and Peyton was coming off a serious neck injury and surgery.
    Some people debated if he could ever play the QB position effectively again.
    The Colts, their hands tied, as a 28 million dollar roster bonus was about to kick in, let him go.

    You are completely wrong about the Niners and Montana.
    After two years of injuries, Montana was losing control of a deeply divided locker room to Steve Young.
    Young did not want to accept a demotion and return as a backup to the Hall of Famer, the organization, facing the prospect of losing their heir apparent, reluctantly TRADED Montana to the Chiefs.

    Brady, after years of faithful service, dutifully played out his contract and had every right to pursue any and all of his free agent options.

    And Favre, well, despite everything you’re reading in this article and on this post, was given every opportunity to return as the Packers’ starter.
    The team just requested a decision in a timely matter so they could prepare for his departure with free agency and the draft.

    Favre retired, and the Packers spent the good part of their offseason program preparing for life without him.
    When Brett decided to return, the team had every right to get fair compensation from anyone interested in his services.
    It’s no different than what the Patriots requested from the Bucs after Gronk’s change of heart.

    It’s a good thing too, with the draft pick the Packers received from the Jets, GB was able to parlay it into a trade in the 1st round in the 2009 NFL draft for a dynamic, 3 time All-Pro USC linebacker who would play an instrumental role in the Packers 13th Championship.

  20. Who forced Favre from GB is irrelevant. Its what he did after he left, and continues to do to this day, including on a news program this morning. GB was never mentioned, although he interrupted the broadcaster to mention the Falcons. He strongly dislikes GB. Fine, just quit weaseling your way into the Packer HOF, ect ect.

  21. Favre had no offseason or training camp to get his timing down with receivers and needed the first month of the season to get on the same page. Brady could have the same problem. Favre however was able to step right into the offense as it was the same he ran in green bay for years, this also could be an issue with Brady being in a completely new system.

    As far as his ‘divorce’ from green bay that’s for the cheeseheads to debate, the one thing I remember his saying is it bugged him that green bay thought he was still good enough to play but not good enough to play for them and they didn’t want him playing against him otherwise he never would have even thought of playing for Minnesota. He was even quoted as saying ‘what the heck am I doing here’ before the season opener.

    Helluva team in ’09, pissed off an entire fanbase, ended in purple heartbreak, but man it was fun.

  22. Frazier28/7 says:
    April 23, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Helluva team in ’09, pissed off an entire fanbase, ended in purple heartbreak, but man it was fun.
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    2010 was more fun.
    Well, if you were a Packer fan.

  23. It’s a good thing too, with the draft pick the Packers received from the Jets, GB was able to parlay it into a trade in the 1st round in the 2009 NFL draft for a dynamic, 3 time All-Pro USC linebacker who would play an instrumental role in the Packers 13th Championship.
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    I’ll admit I always was and always will be a Favre guy. I’m biased. I agree with the decision TT made, I just don’t like how he went about it. ARod had to play that year or we were going to lose him but TT didn’t have to treat Favre that way. Remember, he was set to be traded to TB (for greater compensation) but TT pulled the plug at the last second because he didn’t want Favre in the NFC. Ultimately he moved Favre to the Jets because they were 1) in the AFC and 2) Terrible. Did Favre act like a spoiled brat? Sure, but the Packers had reinforced that behavior for years, why expect him to grow up just because TT had a tough decision to make? TT was a GM and was supposed to be the adult in the room. The waffling thing has always bothered me, Favre waffled for years. He was an emotional player and after getting beat he hurt. TT went to him while he was still hurting from the last loss and forced Favre to tell him whether he was going to retire. TT knew Favre would not be ready to come back and he used that emotion to TT’s advantage. I thought that was really low.
    I think the one thing we can both agree on is that we hope to see another GB superbowl victory.

  24. secondgenameriacan says:
    April 23, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    I think the one thing we can both agree on is that we hope to see another GB superbowl victory.
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    Absolutely.
    Last season was a pleasant surprise as GB turned a page to a new chapter in their extensive history.
    Hopefully this weekend will help keep the momentum moving forward for the LaFleur/Gutenkunst partnership.

  25. The Packers knew Favre wanted to go to the Vikings because he was good friends with their OC Bevell. So the GM said he could go to any team outside of the Packers division
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    The Packers were scared Favre would go to the Vikings. Remember the 3 1st round pick poison pill in the Jets trade?

  26. stellarperformance says:
    April 22, 2020 at 7:37 pm
    It’s a shame Favre had his career ended prematurely by being forced to play behind a sieve of an O-line in Minnesota. He had to run for his life.
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    Wrong as usual. In 2009 and 2010, their O-line consisted of Bryant Mckinnie, Steve Hutchinson, John Sullivan, Anthony Herrera and Phil Loadholt. That was a decent line giving up a total of 34 sacks during the regular season in 2009 and 36 in 2010. Maybe he was really happy to get away from that Green Bay sieve of an O-line that gave up 51 sacks in 2009 and 38 in 2010.

  27. throwitupdogg says:
    April 22, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Favre’s best statistical season was with the Vikings. He will always be considered a Viking.

    +++++

    So was his worst.

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