Celebrity foursome plays to a tie at American Family Insurance Championship

MADISON, Wis. — The American Family Children’s Hospital will receive a $50,000 donation due to a tie in the celebrity foursome held at University Ridge during the American Family Insurance Championship. The pairings this year were Andy North and Darius Rucker versus Brett Favre and Derek Jeter.

Pre-Round Events

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 Competition

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.

Media Availability

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.

Majkowski: Rodgers once asked me if he should demand a trade

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 calls account of his first meeting with Brett Favre ‘highly sensationalized’

Aaron Rodgers isn’t denying that he called Brett Favre “grandpa” at some point during their three years as teammates. But the Green Bay Packers quarterback 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.

From an excerpt published at Bleacher Report:

“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!”

Silence.

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.

Listen to Aaron Rodgers discuss the Atlanta Falcons, the Packers injuries and more

Brett Favre is officially inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ohio | In a 36 minute speech that he came up with on the fly, much like how he played the game of football, former Packer Brett Favre thanked teammates, fans, friends and family and was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Favre opened the night by jokingly saying he could come out of retirement. “I’m going to ask Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson if I can play the first series tomorrow night!”  The Packers play the Colts in the annual Hall of Fame preseason game Sunday night at 7 in Canton.

Over 22 thousand fans were in attendance at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, many of them Packers fans donning a number four jersey. “I’m not surprised at the number of Packers fans here,” said Favre. “This is incredible.”

Of the eight new inductees | six living | Favre’s speech was the final one of the evening. He became emotional at times, especially while talking about his father, Irv, who Favre says would have presented Favre into the Hall. Instead his wife, Deanna, made the presentation. “She’s the hottest grandma I’ve ever seen!” Favre said about his wife.  Favre and Deanna have two grandchildren.

There’s been some “controversy” this week surrounding Favre’s Hall of Fame locker which includes a Minnesota Vikings jersey. But in his induction speech Favre made it clear where he belongs. “Make no mistake about it. I will be remembered as a Packer.”

Favre asked his former teammates who were in attendance to stand and be recognized. The list in attendance includes Ahman Green, Antonio Freeman and Dorsey Levens. Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson were also on hand to watch as perhaps the greatest Packer was enshrined into the Hall.

 

Brett Favre gives his thoughts a day before induction ceremony in Canton

CANTON, Ohio – In front of a large gathering of reporters and photographers, Brett Favre calmly took his seat to answer questions for 45 minutes inside McKinley High School on Friday afternoon. It was the only media availability for Favre and the entire 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class before Saturday night’s induction ceremony.

Here are some of the highlights of Favre’s media session on Friday:

On how this week has gone for his so far: “It’s been amazing. Ron Wolf gave me some hints of what to expect. It’s everything he said. There’s not much breathing room!”

On putting on the gold jacket for the first time: “I don’t know how to explain it. I know it happened last night but it probably won’t sink in for awhile.  I get that I’m about to be a member of this exclusive club but it hasn’t sunk in.”

On not being worthy: “I seriously think I have the most respect for the game. I was a die hard football fan. I was certain at 14 what I was destined to do. I was a die hard Archie Manning fan. I knew all about the Packers and Paul Hornung. I have tremendous respect. That has never wavered. Having said that I can’t believe I’m equal with those guys. Roger Staubach send me a great email. That’s who I was going to be! I don’t know if I will ever feel like an equal to these guys. I understand I’m one of three hundred in this club now. But I hold these guys in the highest regards.”

On where his Hall of Fame bust will sit: “It’ll sit next to Ron Wolf! We just talked about it. He didn’t know where it would end up. I’ve been told that wasn’t on purpose. How incredible is that. Mooch and I talked about the bust. Ron and I don’t have to go too far to talk to each other. He’s not a shouter so he can just whisper to me.”

On the creation of the bust by Blair Buswell: “Blair does one heck of a job. When he came to Mississippi he said he needed eight hours of me sitting still. When he pulled the sheet off of the clay I was absolutely amazed.”

On Hall of Fame locker set up with Vikings and Packers jersey: “It’s pretty cool. Mooch poked fun of Minnesota and Green Bay in same locker. No doubt I’ll be remembered as a Packer and that’s how it should be. I wouldn’t trade my 16 years there for anything. I had a tremendous amount of respect playing there but I didn’t know how difficult it was until I came out of the other tunnel (as a Viking). It was an incredible feeling of awe. I’m thankful I played in Minnesota and witnessed it from the other side. Because I would have taken for granted how special Green Bay is.”

On tomorrow night’s speech: “I’ve gone through this in my mind. I won’t write anything down. My speech will be like I played – who in the hell knows! But it worked out pretty well for my career. There’s a lot of people who are important to my career. No one more than my dad. I want to get that across.”

On original coaching staff he played for in Green Bay and what they meant to his career: “Oh my gosh. Playing 20 years imagine the players and coaches I played with. Who meant the most? It’s no disrespect to any coaches but Mooch and Andy (Reid) meant the most because of the time and place and what I needed the most and working for the best head coach Mike Holmgren. My only regret is Mike and I didn’t play longer. He was demanding. Mooch and Andy worked well with them and me. They told me what I needed to hear. No more rocket balls. That coaching staff.. I’m just thankful the right people were in place. The credit has to go to Ron Wolf. Green Bay would not be what it is today without Ron Wolf.”

On accomplishing everything he wanted: “All my dreams I had as a child were easily achieved and then some. This being one of them. It’s not like I wanted one more touchdown pass or completions. I had my fill of it. And thank goodness. Because I hear guys all the time who say they wish they would have pushed themselves more. I have none of that. I’m truly blessed”

Hall of Fame’s response to Vikings jersey in Favre’s Hall of Fame locker

CANTON, Ohio | I got some clarification tonight on why the Pro Football Hall of Fame has included a Minnesota Vikings jersey in Brett Favre’s Hall of Fame locker. Here’s the reaction from Pete Fierle, the Hall of Fame chief of staff and VP of communications:

“A player is not enshrined in the Hall of Fame as a member of a team, although Brett Favre is clearly a Green Bay Packer. But they are enshrined as either a player, a coach or a contributor. It’s our job to really chart the history of the game and Brett Favre’s impact on that game.

“That Minnesota Vikings jersey is really a significant moment in NFL history — when he set the NFL record for consecutive starts. And that to me, a quarterback doing that, makes it even more remarkable. That jersey represents all those years in Green Bay, season after season, the durability and toughness of what Brett Favre is. If we don’t recognize that type of a record, then we aren’t doing our job.”

Among the items in Brett Favre’s locker at the Hall of Fame? A Vikings jersey

Fans of the Green Bay Packers are probably not going to like this.

As part of his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, former quarterback Brett 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 HOF presenter to be named next week

CANTON, Ohio — Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 6, but his presenter was not unveiled during a teleconference Tuesday morning.

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.

Packers to honor Favre at a game this fall

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.