Brett Favre Is Still Not Over What Happened in 2005
Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre appeared on The Rich Eisen Show yesterday to talk about Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love. Favre has obvious experience as the same thing happened to him in 2005. Favre said many things that are being used as headlines all over the sports media landscape today. Just when everyone thought the story was dying down, Brett Favre lit a fuse with comments about Rodgers playing elsewhere, and Packers burning a bridge. Most of what Favre said is irrelevant. It is his opinion. Sure, he may have talked to Rodgers, but when do you ever rely on Favre for Rodgers’ news? The biggest takeaway for me is Favre doesn’t get what how Packers drafted a quarterback in 2005.
All of the things that Favre said about Rodgers are honestly things that the former Packers quarterback felt about the organization in 2005. The Eisen interview felt more like a therapy session then Favre giving out actual evidence around things. The comments made about playing elsewhere and getting the wheels turning are things that happened to Favre around the time of Rodgers getting selected. By all accounts, he was pissed. Favre hated Ted Thompson for the pick. He wanted to play for Chicago or Minnesota to shove it in Thompson’s face. The gunslinger developed a chip on his shoulder for Packers. Who is to say that will happen with Rodgers?
The other part of this interview that I cannot get behind is the relationship. Favre claimed that Rodgers and he had a great relationship. From all accounts, that is grade-a bullshit and Brett knows it. The two barely spoke with each other from 2008 to 2015. If you read Jeff Pearlman’s book on Favre, he details the frosty relationship between Favre and Rodgers. Pearlman is too busy tweeting about President Trump to give us any analysis of Favre’s comments. That’s a shame. Rodgers and Favre did not get along. While I’ve made peace with everything that happened with Favre, he tries to play things like this folksy dude who knows nothing. That couldn’t be further than the truth.
Eisen did a great job with the interview, but I wish he would have asked Brett a question about if he regrets how things played out in 2008? Favre acts like people unretire all the time, which again, is not true. Rob Gronkowski just did it, but he is a tight end, not a quarterback. There is a huge difference. Favre would likely say no, but deep down, he likely does. He could not believe the Packers would move on from him before he said so. Who knows if the Packers are doing the same thing with Rodgers, but they want to be ready.
Hopefully, Favre can make some peace with what happened in 2005 as the years go on.