Come on now, you know I'm not going to pass up on writing about potentially the biggest quarterback diva of all time, Brett Favre, so when he made some interesting comments in a radio interview Tuesday on Atlanta's 790 The Zone, you know my interest was piqued. In the interview, Favre rather candidly talked about Aaron Rodgers recent success and the breaks he received.
When asked about his Super Bowl win and current domination, Favre responded with surprise that he didn't do it sooner.
"I'm really kind of surprised it took him so long," Favre said. "In the early part of last season, it hadn't quite clicked yet, and I didn't know it would. I just kind of figured when they hit their stride, they're going to be hard to beat. And that's what happened."
Favre also went on to say how good a situation Rodgers fell into and that success wasn't an 'if' thing with his talented replacement but more of a 'when' thing.
"He's very bright and he got a chance to watch and see successful teams do it right," Favre said of Rodgers. "And so he just kind of fell into a good situation. On top of that, he's a good player. I don't think there's any pressure on him now, the talent around him is even better than when I was there."
Many in the national media has been blasting Favre the past 24 hours for saying what he did. He's been called every thing from the football equivalent to a jealous ex-husband to a conceited bastard for being candid about his thoughts and while I do feel there is a bit of wounded pride and a small amount of scorn in his words, I think they are more directed at the fact that he can't go out there and light it up any more.
Favre is Green Bay through and through and it has to be hard for him to be basically replaced in the eyes of the people who adored him so. Age is something everyone has to deal with and nothing lasts forever. Those two things are probably the hardest facts a Hall of Fame athlete with a healthy dose of pride has to realize and deal with.
I will give Favre a pass for any undercurrent of bitterness in these comments because reality can be a bitter and bitchy mistress and the reality of it is that the Packers are Aaron Rodgers team now, not Brett Favre's But don't worry Brett, you have your fans and the same people who loved you before still love you. You won a Super Bowl and you brought winning back to Green Bay. People won't forget that.
I know I won't.
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