Brett Favre advises Packers to loosen reins on Brett Hundley
GREEN BAY - Brett Favre was back in town Monday to talk about the past, but the Hall of Fame quarterback couldn't elude a question about the present predicament facing the Green Bay Packers.
Appearing on stage at the KI Convention Center with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young for a Bart Starr Chalk Talk event, Favre was asked what he thought was needed for Packers quarterback Brett Hundley to have a more successful outing Monday night against Detroit than he did in his first start against New Orleans.
“I think they need to turn him loose a little bit,” Favre said to an approving round of applause from the hundreds of Packers fans on hand.
Hundley, who inherited the starting job after Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken right collarbone Oct. 15 at Minnesota, completed 12 of 25 passes for just 87 yards against the Saints as the Packers' game plan limited his downfield attempts.
Favre spent the bulk of the show retelling tales of his playing days with the Packers, particularly his early years under coach Mike Holmgren, whom Favre recalls telling him, "I coached Joe Montana and Steve Young. How did I ever get you?”
Preceded by former Packers guard Jerry Kramer telling stories about Starr and the 1967 Ice Bowl classic, Favre took the stage in his familiar attire of jeans and baseball hat and reminisced with longtime rival Young.
Not surprisingly, former Packers defensive end Reggie White’s name came up, with both recalling what an incredible competitor the "Minister of Defense" was and how tough he was to face as a quarterback.
Favre recalled a preseason practice when an undrafted offensive lineman, Mirko Jurkovic, brought White to the ground during a blocking drill.
In his best Reggie White voice, Favre relayed the exchange between White and Jurkovic.
“Hey Mirko, quit the holding!”
“Hey, (expletive) you, Reggie!”
An audible gasp and some nervous laughter rippled through the Chalk Talk crowd, knowing the likely conclusion to this story.
"So I’m standing back in the back," Favre continued, "and I think, 'This is not going to be good.' Reggie digs in and he clubs Mirko and there was a domino effect, and all five (offensive linemen) fell over. It was horrible.”
Favre paused and resumed his White impression: “Reggie says, ‘Now, God loves you, Mirko. But don’t ever hold me again.’”
There also were tales of Favre’s former quarterbacks coach Andy Reid, now head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Favre recalled his backup, former Chicago Bears starter Jim McMahon, literally lying down on the floor of the quarterbacks room the first time Reid held a meeting.
When Reid protested, Favre recalled, McMahon said, “Look, Andy, you blocked for me at BYU. What in the hell are you going to teach me about being a quarterback? I’m going to take a nap.”
Reid, according to Favre, responded, “Good point.”
The appearance by Favre and Young benefited the Bart and Cherry Starr Foundation, which was establishe this year. Their foundation looks to raise awareness and support for important causes important to the Starrs, including helping children and providing youth services.