While discussing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott’s decision to say it didn’t matter who played running back with Ezekiel Elliott’s looming six-game suspension, Jennings referred back to a 2007 game against the Cowboys when Favre got knocked out early, allowing Rodgers a chance to show he could play at a high level. Jennings said, like Prescott, he gave words of encouragement to Rodgers while likely thinking he’d rather have Favre behind center. That’s when he veered off course.
“I’m going to be honest right now. I thought Brett quit on us,” Jennings said of Favre, who injured his elbow in the second quarter. “He [had] told me to shoot up [with painkillers] before. I’m (in my second year) now, so I didn’t say it, I’m thinking, ‘Man, just shoot up. Do something.’”
The 2007 season, which ended up being Favre’s last in Green Bay, came 11 years after he entered a drug rehab facility due to an addiction to pain killers.
As for Jennings, it could be argued that the three men he’s trained his focus on – Rodgers, McCarthy and Favre – were largely responsible for helping him the reach the heights he did.
In seven seasons playing with the Packers, he averaged 61 catches, 933 yards and eight touchdowns per year. In the other three seasons he played – two with Minnesota and one in Miami – Jennings averaged 48 catches, 585 yards and four touchdowns.
Speaking at the Lee Remmel Sports Award Banquet in Green Bay Wednesday night, the former Packers quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Fame member told the crowd that he expected the title in 2010 to be followed by more.
“So many factors go into winning and losing other than the individual performance itself. Obviously, Aaron has carried the team for a long time. That’s not going to change. But that in itself is not enough. At least it hasn’t been,” Favre said. “As good as he is, I would have thought they would have won more than one by now, but I don’t know if he can do anything else other than what he’s done up to this point.”
Many said the same thing about Favre’s career. Despite seven division titles and 11 trips to the playoffs during his 16 years in Green Bay, Favre had to settle for the one ring he won in Super Bowl XXXI.
“I don’t think about it as much now,” Favre said. “It’s more directing my focus to something else, because when I was playing there was something I could do about it. ‘Next year there’s a chance. There’s always next year.’ But once you’re done, it’s done.”
Luckily for Rodgers and the Packers, it’s not done yet. And in Favre’s mind, winning a second title this year is definitely within the team’s reach.
“From what I can tell, outside looking in, all the pieces seem to be in place,” Favre said. “A bold prediction would be the Rams win the Super Bowl. A not so bold [pick] would be the Packers. That’s not a [biased] choice, that’s just being realistic. I think they have a good chance.”
Prior to the start of the celebrity foursome teeing off for the nine-hole charity event, the group took time during their warm-up on the driving range to sign autographs for fans. A heavy contention of Jeter fans crowded the five-time All-Star.
Rucker was getting into his swing after Friday night’s concert at Breese Stevens Field in downtown Madison. He was warming up next to Brett Favre, a fan favorite who drew some 200 people to the driving range.
The foursome started on hole No. 10, a 456-foot par four. The team of Favre and Jeter birdied that hole thanks to the long drive of the former Yankee. Rucker and North settled for par.
Favre and Jeter continued to show early domination, picking each other up when the other was off. Jeter converted a 35-foot putt which Favre had missed on the previous attempt.
Favre and Jeter wouldn’t show any signs of weakness until the chipping game allowed Rucker and North to catch up on hole 13.
All four celebrities were in good spirits, despite playing to a tie. They understood the outing was more about giving back to the community than winning individual accolades.
“The most important thing is raising money and awareness for children’s cancer [research],” Favre told reporters. “Wisconsin, I’m telling you…they support their people like no other and this is an obvious reflection of that.”
Favre noted that his reception by fans never gets old and that the Packers have only gotten bigger over the years. He mentioned the growth of the annual Family Night scrimmage, which this year takes place on Saturday, Aug. 5.
ATLANTA — As the Green Bay Packers get set to meet with the Atlanta Falcons for the NFC Championship game, former quarterback Don Majkowski told the Wisconsin Sports Zone Network that Aaron Rodgers once asked for his advice on a potential trade.
Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre for three long years before his rise to one of the greatest to ever put on the green and gold. During a pep rally in Atlanta Saturday night, Majkowski told the story of how frustrated Rodgers was with his lack of playing time while a backup to Favre. The story was first reported by the Wisconsin Sports Zone Network’s Jake Zimmermann (LINK).
While not surprising Rodgers voiced frustration about a lack of playing time, it’s the first time reports have linked Rodgers to a potential career outside of Green Bay. Just how close Rodgers was to talking with management about a trade remains unknown, but perhaps Majkowski’s advice kept Rodgers in Titletown.
Majkowski says he told Rodgers at the time to be patient, as he would be rewarded with the metaphorical keys to the Packers Ferrari franchise.
Aaron Rodgers isn’t denying that he called Brett Favre “grandpa” at some point during their three years as teammates. But the Green Bay Packersquarterback is disputing the story published in the new book, “Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre,” by Jeff Pearlman that outlines the first time the two spoke.
“The new quarterback approached the old quarterback and uttered what will forever go down as the worst introductory line in the history of professional sports.
“Good morning, grandpa!”
Rodgers surely recognized the mistake as soon as the words emerged from his lips. But there was no taking it back. “Brett couldn’t believe that,” said Craig Nall, the backup quarterback. “It was like, ‘Grandpa? Who the hell are you?’”
When asked on Wednesday about the story, Rodgers said it wasn’t true.
“The small excerpt I read is highly sensationalized,” Rodgers said.
“The first time I met Brett was on the practice field and I could barely get a sentence out of, ‘Hello, my name is Aaron.’
“Did I call him grandpa at any time during the three years together? Probably. But in the same joking way that my man (backup quarterback) Brett Hundley called me grandpa three weeks ago on the field when we were doing a competitive drill.
“The story that was out there, that I saw, is completely 100 percent false.”
The book by Pearlman, that came out on Tuesday, was done without talking to Favre, but did include interviews with over 500 people, including Favre’s mother and siblings.
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As part of his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, former quarterbackBrett Favre will have a locker inside the hall adorned with memorabilia from throughout his playing career. There’s a Packers helmet, and his familiar No. 4 away jersey, along with the gold pants.
But there’s also another jersey in the locker. One of a purple variety that is sure to make some do a double take. Yes, included in the memorabilia is a white No. 4 Vikings jersey, a uniform he wore for just two his 20 seasons in the NFL.
An official with the Hall of Fame told ESPN that their curators put together the exhibit and that the Minnesota jersey came from the game in which he broke the all-time consecutive starts streak of Jim Marshall. The Green Bay jersey in the locker is the same one he wore when he broke the career record for passing touchdowns, something that happened against the Vikings.
Favre didn’t have a role in picking what items went into the locker, which will be on display during Hall of Fame festivities this weekend.
Favre answered questions from reporters for about 20 minutes, but when a question came up about who would present Favre into the Hall, the teleconference moderator said that announcement would be made “early next week.” Favre didn’t hesitate to reveal he wishes the late Irv Favre could hold that distinction.
“My dad definitely would have been doing it,” Favre said. “I’ll talk about that during my induction, but had he been around, he’d have been doing it.”
Favre lost his father on Dec. 21, 2003 and would go on to have one of the most iconic games of his career on “Monday Night Football” against the Raiders. The future Hall-of-Famer threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns in the contest, resulting in a 41-7 win over Oakland.
In Tuesday’s teleconference, Favre also discussed the risk former Packers general manager Ron Wolf took in trading a first round pick for Favre despite a failed physical. One of Green Bay’s doctors voiced concerns over a hip condition that he believed would limit Favre to a 5-to-7 year playing career.
Brett Favre will once again be making an appearance at Lambeau Field this fall.
The Green Bay Packers announced Monday that the former quarterback will be honored with a halftime ceremony to celebrate his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during their Oct. 16 game against the Dallas Cowboys. That ceremony will feature the unveiling of his name on the stadium façade next to the 23 other former Packers enshrined in Canton.
It will be Favre’s third trip to Green Bay since the team and the iconic quarterback mended fences after a nasty divorce in the summer of 2008 that saw Favre traded to the New York Jets and eventually sign with the Minnesota Vikings. Last summer, Favre was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame, and then he returned in November to have his number retired during halftime of the Packers matchup with the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving.
The team also announced that Green Bay will wear their throwback uniforms in the game against the Cowboys. They are the same ones they wore for one game in 2015, and are a re-creation of the uniforms the team wore from 1937 to 1948.
Favre will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 6, with the Packers taking on the Indianapolis Colts the following day in the Hall of Fame Game.
By Sean ‘Snuff’ Smith Mon. Feb. 8, 2016 10:59 a.m. CT
MADISON, Wisconsin — Personally, I enjoyed the Super Bowl this year. I get it, not much scoring from either Offense so some lost interest. Also, the Commercials seemed to get worse as the Game got closer to its conclusion. The two that stuck out for me were: Doritos Ultrasound & the creepy Kickstarter Puppy-Monkey-Baby or something to that effect. How about an awesome Brett Favre story as well?!? Bill Michaels spent most of Super Bowl week in the Bay area and he shares his top storylines:
Congrats to Peyton Manning on his second Vince Lombardi Trophy!
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Santa Clara, Calif. — In his first year of eligibility, former Packers quarterback Brett Favre was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night.
“When I traded for Brett Favre I thought he would be sensational,” Ron Wolf, former Packers Vice President and General Manager, said in a statement. “He became incomparable. They say that old Yankee Stadium was the house that Ruth built. Well, the Lambeau Field reconstruction is the house that Favre built.”
Favre spent 16 years in Green Bay, earning a Super Bowl XXXI victory, three NFL MVP awards, and 11 Pro Bowl selections. It only took voters six seconds to deliberate on whether or not to induct Favre as a first-ballot honoree.
“Selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is another incredible and well-deserved honor for Brett. He belongs among the greatest players in the history of the game. It was a privilege to work with Brett during his spectacular career with the Green Bay Packers. Congratulations Brett, Deanna and the Favre family.”
Favre will be officially be inducted into the Hall in Canton, Ohio this August. The current Packers were selected to participate in the coinciding Hall of Fame Game, an event they haven’t participated in since 2003.