Aaron Rodgers’ relationship with Brett Favre not what it once was

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Brett Favre was 35 when the Packers drafted 21-year-old Aaron Rodgers with a first-round draft choice in 2005.

It was not the best of times for either quarterback, and they were not the best of friends. Favre once famously said, “My contract doesn’t say I have to get Aaron Rodgers ready to play. Now hopefully he watches me and gets something from that.” Rodgers may or may not have called Favre “Grandpa” in their initial meeting.

Now, the 36-year-old Rodgers has 21-year-old Jordan Love behind him after the Packers used a first-round selection on the Utah State quarterback.

Rodgers understands the comparisons everyone is making, but he doesn’t plan on having a problem with his young, highly drafted backup.

“Yeah, that’s a good question,” Rodgers said on a conference call with beat reporters. “I think just based on the age in which I was and Brett was when I was drafted and comparatively to me and Jordan. There are similarities to that. I think there are a lot of things that aren’t similar when you look at the two situations as far as Brett’s mindset during the ’03 and ’04 seasons, and obviously my statements about a strong desire, a real desire to play into my 40s and the way I feel about the game and my body and my love of the sport. But I do see some similarities, and I understand why they’re drawn in that respect.

“I learned a lot over those years working with Brett, things I can bring to the relationship with Jordan and just understand the mindset. I went through it as a young 21-, 22-, 23-year old playing with my idol as a teammate. I’ll definitely take those lessons with me. Like I said before, I’ve always had great relationships with my backups, and I always love helping those guys out in any way. The more questions they have, the more answers I have. I’ve really truly embraced those relationships, and it’ll be the same with Jordan.”

Rodgers sat behind Favre for three seasons before Favre briefly retired. When Favre decided to return, the Packers traded him to the Jets.

Rodgers and Favre mended their relationship in 2013 when they shook hands onstage during NFL Honors. In 2016, Rodgers attended Favre’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction.

Two year after that, following Rodgers’ visit to Favre’s Mississippi home, Favre revealed that Rodgers was making a documentary.

Rodgers was asked Friday about his relationship with Favre and the documentary.

“I don’t really have any updates at this point on that,” Rodgers said of the documentary. “I can say there was some really good stuff that we got to talk about during that time. That was big for our relationship I know. It’s progressed really since the handshake onstage at the Honors to where now him and I are very close, and we do talk very frequently. So that’s been a lot of fun to have him back in my life. But it’s unclear at this point what’s going to happen with that.”

Rodgers said he expects his relationship with Love to go differently than his early relationship with Favre did. Rodgers and Love talked the day after the Packers selected Love.

21 responses to “Aaron Rodgers’ relationship with Brett Favre not what it once was

  1. Wonder which one of these self entitled egomaniacs thinks the most of himself?

    Both one Superbowl, both multiple chokejobs…

  2. I always found it a little surprising that since 1992 Green Bay has been led by two HOF QB’s and in those 28 years only have two titles, one each

  3. Ron Jull says:
    Both one Superbowl, both multiple chokejobs…

    And yet he’d kill to have had either lower their standards and play for his team.

  4. “So that’s been a lot of fun to have him back in my life. But it’s unclear at this point what’s going to happen with that.”
    ————————–

    Seems he’s not too happy with Favre making stuff up last week to generate headlines? Or putting words into Rodgers’ mouth that he never said? Yet didn’t stop the media from running with it…


  5. jerryjonessaidwhat says:
    May 15, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    I always found it a little surprising that since 1992 Green Bay has been led by two HOF QB’s and in those 28 years only have two titles, one each”

    Sorry, but that comes down to coaching. Cowboys fans will see that McCarthy is way too conservative and his offense is predictable. Good luck!

  6. cobrala2 says:
    May 15, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Nothing of A-A-Ron is what it once was. 🤷🏻‍♂️
    _______

    Aww C’mon now, Aaron went 6-0 against the NFC North in 2019, raising his overall record to 47-18-1 through the better part of 12 seasons.
    I’d still say he’s pretty good at that! 😉

  7. I always love the “one Super Bowl” critics. Like even winning one is easy, especially when your team is inferior to its opponents, which Green Bay was most years that they had both of those QBs. They both left exactly one championship on the table where there teams were better on paper, and Rodgers’ title, his team was probably inferior to the Steelers that year, so it’s a wash. The Bears in the 80s blew championships or the Mike Martz Rams. These guys carried inferior rosters. There is a difference.

  8. jerryjonessaidwhat says:
    May 15, 2020 at 8:06 pm
    I always found it a little surprising that since 1992 Green Bay has been led by two HOF QB’s and in those 28 years only have two titles, one each
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    It’s not as unusual as you might think. Since the inception of the Vikings in 1961, the Vikings have had more HOF quarterbacks than the Packers, more All-Pro quarterbacks than the Packers, and more Pro-Bowl designee quarterbacks than the Packers. What’s their excuse? They have no titles. Stafford, another highly ranked NFCN quarterback, has none also. The Packers don’t own the market for missed opportunities. Brees has only one, and he was MVP as well ….just like Rodgers. You see? No big deal. At least the Packers have multiple titles. Some teams have none.

  9. Rogers: “Hey Jordan, lemme give you some sound football advice.”
    Love: “Sure buddy, what ya got?”
    Rogers: “Got some gold for you bud. Defenses will be caught off guard if you throw cross body into the middle of the field – and this is especially effective if it’s late in the play, say 6, 7 seconds after the snap, maybe have to roll to your right and all that. They never expect that.”

  10. akira1971 says:
    May 15, 2020 at 8:22 pm
    “So that’s been a lot of fun to have him back in my life. But it’s unclear at this point what’s going to happen with that.”
    ————————–

    Seems he’s not too happy with Favre making stuff up last week to generate headlines? Or putting words into Rodgers’ mouth that he never said? Yet didn’t stop the media from running with it…
    ————————-

    He was clearly talking about the documentary in the last line of that quote. Actually, it sounds like all is good/best it’s ever been between Rodgers & Favre. Sounds more like he now gets where Favre was coming from back then & agrees with Favre’s recent comments. In some of those recent comments, Favre also talks about how he handled the situation poorly. You & I see this situation from completely different perspectives.

  11. I love how Viking fans love to say that BF and AR only have one super bowl I bet they would be happy to say Fran Tarkenton only had one Super Bowl ring. The Packers are the Kings of the North and will always be until someone can dethrone them. Combined the rest of the north has 1 super bowl and only 5 total appearances.

  12. Favre never won a game at Texas Stadium, not one. He lost every time he played there, because he couldn’t get over the hump at midfield.

    Rodgers has never lost a game at AT&T Stadium, not one. He has won every time he played there, including in the playoffs.

    That’s the difference right there, Packers fans. As a Cowboys fan, I loved it when Favre came to play, because I knew he couldn’t win. I hate it when Rodgers comes to play, because I know he won’t lose.

    That said, I think Rodgers is a better quarterback than Favre ever was. And he makes better commercials.

    I mean, Favre lost to Elway in the Super Bowl. At least he got there, I know, but that was a first. Elway had lost in three previous attempts to every other quarterback he played against, but not to Favre. Rodgers would have won that game.

    Rodgers is a very good quarterback. He wins with minimal talent around him, because he lifts up his teammates. He won’t have any problem mentoring this rookie Love.

    Now, if Green Bay got its act together and put some talent around these two, the Packers would be serious contenders for years to come.

  13. Since the merger between the NFL and AFL there have been only seven HOF quarterbacks that were able to play their entire careers with one team. Of those seven, three have a SuperBowl trophy.

    It’s not a big fraternity.

  14. Rodgers has already explained his position succinctly and adequately, and did so while demonstrating his keen awareness of the business side of things. He’s very methodical and practiced with his communication style, because it’s so easy to have a message manipulated in this day and age. Just listen to what he says, and take it to the bank. There’s nobody as California-cool playing the game today than Aaron Charles Rodgers. Like him or not, appreciate him while you can. In a Shakespearean way, the best scenario would include one or two more trophies for Mr. Rodgers, before he smilingly parts ways with the Packers and settles into a great life, back home. Maybe he plays out there, maybe he doesn’t, but thanks for the memories just the same. Act 2: Love leads the Packers to a SuperBowl victory and gets the game MVP! Hey! It’s Shakespeare!

    But that is then and this is now. Go Pack Go!

  15. I like how the Packers set such a good example for other teams with a mature response by all involved. 100% class. No mutilated stuffed animals.

  16. The Trophy case at Vikings HQ is empty. Not even a sniff of a SB in 40+ years.
    What exactly were their fans saying about Favre and Rodgers each only having 1 ring ???

  17. “jerryjonessaidwhat says:
    May 15, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    I always found it a little surprising that since 1992 Green Bay has been led by two HOF QB’s and in those 28 years only have two titles, one each”

    I have found it a little interesting that DAL has only made the playoffs 3 times in the last ten years and two of those 3 they lost to GB in the divisional round.

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