“If I could go back and do things differently, I certainly would"

Brett Favre comes clean on the transition to Aaron Rodgers. 

Good stuff from Wilde here with Number 4:

“If I could go back and do things differently, I certainly would,” said Favre, whose overtime interception against the Giants turned out to be his last pass with the Packers. “When I made the decision to tell Mike McCarthy that I would retire, I was probably a month, month-and-a-half removed (from the season). It was before the draft. I always make this (comparison) — and maybe it makes sense to me and not to others — but if you think back to when you were in grade school, you couldn’t wait to get out of school for the summer. But by the end of the summer, you were kind of ready to go back to school. And that is kind of the way it was with football. And the older I got, the tougher it got to get re-invigorated and excited about it.

 

“I would much rather have not said anything and just bought a little time. Of course, everyone knew by that time I couldn’t make up my mind two months removed from the season anyway. We had been down that road before. But I knew, and I have no ill feelings about this, but I knew they were sort of ready to go in a different direction. And at some point you’ve got to make that transition, and Ted felt like that was probably the best time. It turned out to be a great move. And I’d tell Ted that to his face right now."

Be sure to read the whoie thing. Lots of good stuff from Favre not only on his time transitioning out of Green Bay but his thoughts on the upcoming transition from Rodgers to Jordan Love. 

 

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Since'61's picture

May 13, 2020 at 01:48 pm

Aaron - good job sharing this article with us. Good comments from Favre in the current Packer QB situation. He sounds like many of us here in that he was expecting the Packers to add a few weapons for 2020 rather than drafting their QB for the future.

It also sounds like Favre has come around and has no bitterness for the past or for Rodgers. A bit overdue for moving forward but better late than never. Stay well. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Tarynfor12's picture

May 13, 2020 at 11:54 am

You should be listening to Chers' song 'If I Could Turn Back Time' while reading this interview.

https://youtu.be/BUbjmLrp9dc

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Packers0808's picture

May 13, 2020 at 12:33 pm

"Only time heals a broken heart"!!

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mnbadger's picture

May 13, 2020 at 12:35 pm

Definitely too late for me. Can't forgive the mentoring comment: "nobody took me and taught me anything"
Prim a donnas always shine the light inward to try to make themselves look artificially better.
Hopefully the only things he taught AR are not to throw interceptions and how not to act as a professional.

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cuervo's picture

May 14, 2020 at 07:21 am

"Prim a donnas always shine the light inward to try to make themselves look artificially better."

His last 5 or 6 years were filled with this......he was a good qb for us, but the last half of his career was a complete ruse, and the fans lapped it up and still do.

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May 13, 2020 at 01:14 pm

The biggest problem I have with drafting Jordan Love is that it made Brett relevant again. We have to listen to him pine, reminisce, and explain himself into a corner until even he doesn’t remember what he was talking about, again. Palm into face

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stockholder's picture

May 13, 2020 at 01:05 pm

I don't Blame Brett for anything. He doesn't need to apologize for anything. He was a Green Bay Packer great. Let's keep it that way.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

May 14, 2020 at 12:14 am

Bullshit, Farve needs to apologize for being a Queen. He needs to apologize to the Jets assistant for dick picks. Needs to apologize to his wife. The list goes on. Great Packer as a player. Horrible person as a human being.

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stockholder's picture

May 14, 2020 at 07:51 am

There are many things I could Quote you on judging a human being. People are going to make bad choices. You have to realize he made people's dreams come true.

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

May 14, 2020 at 11:59 am

He made people's dreams come true??

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stockholder's picture

May 14, 2020 at 03:14 pm

Return to winning / Superbowl.

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Since'61's picture

May 15, 2020 at 06:51 pm

For all any of us know Favre has apologized to his wife and others. In the end he’s responsible for his actions. As far as I know none of his acts were crimes so he only needs to answer to his family.

He was a great player for the Packers, the rest is his private life so l’ll let it be. Thanks, Since ‘61

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wildbill's picture

May 13, 2020 at 01:33 pm

So Favre is one of our all time greats and was a driving force to help bring the Packers back to the top and now because of a messy ending, after giving his all for 16 years, I am reading people talk about him like he is a dog. Except people love dogs. Yes he did go play for other teams. Just like Unitas, Montana, Manning, etc. Some of you should get off your high horse and mature quite a bit before you call yourself a Packer Fan as these players are human and have faults which I am sure none of you have.

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Since'61's picture

May 13, 2020 at 01:49 pm

Excellent post wildbill. “Let he who is without fault hurl the first stone.” It’s always easier to be critical and tear down than to build and be supportive. Life is too short especially to hold a grudge against athletes or celebrities who are no longer involved and in many cases were never involved with anything that actually matters. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

May 14, 2020 at 12:12 pm

I think the biggest problem people have with Favre is the way his sole motivation became sticking it to the Packers. He couldn't flee the Jets quickly enough to sign with the Vikings. And it wasn't just Favre but his entire family. I remember the "Thanks Ted" jersey his idiot brother wore when they played the Packers. I don't recall Unitas, Montana, or Manning playing with such bitter enmity towards their former team.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 13, 2020 at 02:53 pm

Here’s the deal with Favre. His favorite word is “I”. Over a dozen times in the two paragraphs above. Then compare that to how often he says “we” or “organization” or “team”.

It has always been this way with him. It defines him.

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jannes bjornson's picture

May 13, 2020 at 03:42 pm

I rhymes with INT

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May 13, 2020 at 02:54 pm

Who really cares whether Brett would do things differently now its way to late, he put himself first and forced the Packers to do what they did. Same goes for his thoughts on Rogers/Love, at the time he sure didn't do AR or the Packers any favors there either.

Brett was a great player and I was a fan no doubt, but his decision making both personally and professionally has some questions marks.

This of course is my opinion and with the benefit of hindsight which makes us look a lot smarter than we are, Brett included.

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TheKanataThrilla's picture

May 13, 2020 at 03:19 pm

Superstar athletes have huge egos. His ego got hurt and he acted like a bit of a dick. It sucks, but I would be the last person to claim I don't have regrets with how I've treated people in the past. The beauty of getting older and gaining perspective is hopefully you can come to realize past errors and make amends.

That being said I still say Love was the correct pick if our staff believe he can be another franchise QB who can continue the greatness at the position that Brett and Aaron have provided over almost 30 years.

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TXCHEESE's picture

May 13, 2020 at 03:58 pm

Amen Brother!

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flackcatcher's picture

May 13, 2020 at 03:23 pm

No reporter more dialed in than Jason Wilde. Favre is always worth reading or listening to, especially with someone who has covered him as deeply as Wilde has. To be a sports media guy (or girl) and covered both Favre and Aaron Rodgers? How wild(no pun intended) is that.

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TXCHEESE's picture

May 13, 2020 at 03:57 pm

Was Favre a great player? Yes! Was/is he a tool? Yes! Do I wish he would just shut up? Yes!

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mbpacker's picture

May 13, 2020 at 04:56 pm

I know I can't cast the first stone.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

May 13, 2020 at 07:26 pm

“If I could go back and do things differently, I certainly would"

Brett and every other reasonable person would too, in one regard or one hundred.

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Pack66's picture

May 15, 2020 at 07:42 am

Well, I'm not over it...

A lot of you people were dicks toward Favre (and some still are...)

But ask yourself this question....?
You are now lobbying for more weapons for Rogers, but didn't do the same for Favre...
Why?

Can you really blame the guy for wanting to WIN for the Packers?

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Pack66's picture

May 16, 2020 at 01:16 pm

This is why I am not a "Packer fan" anymore....

The A-HOLES out in Packers land with their HOLIER THAN THOU attitudes...
have ruined it for me. Been a Pack fan since 1968, when i was 5....

No more, though....

Why don't you CRUCIFY THIS GUY, like you have done to Favre...

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/aaron-rodgers-talks-jordan-love-sound-resig...

Wildbill is right.

You people who still hold a grudge against #4 are acting like, immature, butt-hurt adolescents...

You need to grow up!

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Packerlifer's picture

May 17, 2020 at 09:32 am

"Favre comes clean?!" I didn't see anything about his "back-channeling" with Minnesota, at least through former Packers' qb coach Darrel Bevel, then the Vikes' offensive coordinator, in 2008 while the Packers still held rights to him. {The Packers filed tampering charges about that but since they did it in such a way that no definite evidence was produced the league couldn't do anything about it.}

Or how about his second "I'm retiring, No I'm not" routine with the Jets to join Minnesota in 2009 to "stick it to the Packers."

The issue with Favre is not that he played for other teams after his time in Green Bay but the manner and motive in which he went about it.

As for doing things differently, the thing I've never understood is why Thompson and McCarthy handled things on their side of it the way they did. When Favre first indicated he wanted to reconsider his retirement they should have told him to get his butt up to 1265 Lombardi AVenue for a quiet, private talk about it, which they were eventually forced to do anyway, and gotten going on a really advantageous trade arrangement when they could have gotten much more for him. Instead they caused and allowed the thing to drag out in public for wasted, angering weeks and ended up getting less in a trade they were forced to make to the Jets.

They could have gotten higher and more draft picks from New York or Tampa Bay or maybe someone else. Or they could have swallowed about sending him to Minnesota but pillaged the Queens for draft picks they way Dallas did to them in the Herschel Walker trade or the Rams did to Dan Devine in the John Hadl deal.

The whole manner of the messy "divorce" between Favre and the Packers comes down to failure to communicate on both sides and dishonesty, particularly on Favre's part. Until and unless Favre finally "comes clean" on the Vikings' tampering with him he's not really coming clean on anything.

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