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Favre: 'No ill feelings' toward Rodgers

Feb. 5, 2013
 

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Brett Favre on stage at the NFL Honors show in New Orleans on Saturday night. / File/AP

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Whatever issues Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers had with one another appear to be a thing of the past.

The day after the two Green Bay Packers’ MVP quarterbacks shared the stage and some laughs during Saturday’s NFL Honors award ceremony, Favre was asked about his interaction with Rodgers during his appearance on NFL Network’s Super Bowl pre-game show.

Favre and Rodgers have a complicated history as the two were relatively close during their three seasons together in Green Bay before Favre’s first retirement after the 2007 season.

The three-time NFL MVP tried to make a last minute return before the 2008 preseason, but Ted Thompson decided to stick with Rodgers and traded Favre to the New York Jets.

Since then, Rodgers has guarded his comments of the situation while Favre has been more outspoken, occasionally throwing a few verbal jabs towards his successor in interviews.

Although Rodgers said as recently as this past year that he and Favre no longer have a relationship, Favre told NFL Network he harbors no grudge toward Rodgers while adding his enjoyment of presenting the NFL comeback player of the year award with his heir apparent on Saturday night.

"It wasn’t awkward," Favre said. "We had some laughs about it prior to going out. Aaron has up to this point an unbelievable career. That goes without saying. You know, I’m proud of what I’ve done. There is no ill feelings. There isn’t. There might be from other people."

With Rodgers’ rise to prominence as a Super Bowl MVP quarterback in 2010 and league MVP in 2011, the question has started to get asked which Packers’ quarterback is better.

Statistically speaking, Rodgers’ numbers edge Favre's numbers in almost every meaningful category through his first five years as a NFL starting quarterback.

He has more passing yards (21,332-18,724), completions (1,717-1,667), touchdown passes (170-147) with fewer interceptions (45-77).

When pressed about the two during a recent appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” wide receiver Greg Jennings said both quarterback have their strengths, but agreed Rodgers’ resume at this point of his career is slightly more impressive than Favre.

“They’re two different style quarterbacks,” said Jennings, who played his first two seasons with Favre. “Brett did some things that as a receiver you love because he took chances. He gave everyone on the field an opportunity to feel like they were a part of that play regardless of they were just – what we call – a dummy route. You didn’t have dummy routes when you were playing with Brett because if you were back side and you knew you weren’t getting the ball, you better pay attention because he could come to you.

“Whereas Aaron he’s more, ‘I’m going to go through my reads. I’m going to do what I know I need to do as far as progression and he’s going to make plays. As far as decision-making, Aaron gets the nod. As far as spontaneous, just go out there and let’s just wing it, and be successful at doing it, Brett gets the nod.”

What the case my be, the rocky relationship between the quarterbacks appears to be thawing.

whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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