Favre, Packers and Rodgers Redux
While he has tried to back away from it, Brett Favre can’t seem to get out of his own way when it comes to commenting on the Green Bay Packers and the man who replaced him at QB, Aaron Rodgers. Along the way to picking the Packers to beat the Falcons this weekend, NY Times sportswriter Mike Tanier lobbed this perfectly written bomb:
Of course, for some that turning point arrived a little late. “I’m really surprised that it kind of took him so long,” Brett Favre said of the three interminable years it took Aaron Rodgers to lead the Packers to the Super Bowl. Who knew that through all of those quasi-retirements, through his stints with the Jets and the Vikings, Favre was just impatiently waiting for Rodgers to close the deal? Favre did not sound as if he was trying to insult Rodgers — he has simply lost the ability to compliment people who are not him — but teammates and analysts have rushed to Rodgers’s defense, which he does not really need. It had been peaceful months since the last self-serving Favre rant. What took him so long?
Perhaps Favre is just misunderstood. Maybe he didn’t mean to insult the Packers or their QB. Perhaps he should offer less ambiguous comments if he’s asked again in the future, maybe something along the lines of “I was delighted to see my old team win the Super Bowl. Aaron played well. Their future looks bright.” Heck, if he wanted to win back the hearts of the many Packers who have soured on him since he left GB, he might even make that proposed first sentence “I was delighted to see us win the Super Bowl.”
Or, perhaps, the best course is simply to decline comment in the future.