Team Favre wins celebrity foursome at American Family Insurance Championship

MADISON — While the story of the day on Friday at the American Family Insurance Championship was how well tournament host Steve Stricker played, Saturday wasn’t the same.

The reasoning behind that was not only Stricker’s rough day (2-over for the day, 6-under for the tournament), but also the celebrity foursome that took place in the afternoon.

Lee Trevino, Andy North, Derek Jeter, and Brett Favre all took on the back-nine at University Ridge once the final group of the day had passed on through.

Trevino and North are both two-time U.S. Open winners, Jeter will one day find himself as a member of baseball’s hall of fame — likely as soon as he’s eligible in 2019 — and Favre is a three-time NFL MVP and a Super Bowl champion. It would be rather difficult to assemble a more accomplished foursome.

The group started on the 10th hole and they were individually introduced. As imagined, Favre received the loudest ovation.

The foursome split in teams of two, with North and Favre making up one team while Jeter and Trevino composed the second.

Things stayed close throughout the nine-hole event, as neither team opened up more than a one-stroke lead the entire time.

Obviously, North and Trevino were both excellent golfers in their day and still have some of what made them great when they were on tour. Trevino — at 79 years of age — can’t quite generate the club speed as the other three, but he still knew his way around the course.

“These guys [on tour] are swinging at 115 miles an hour, average 113,” Trevino said prior to the round. “I’m not even in the 90s any more. I don’t know if I was in the 90s I guess in my heyday.”

He couldn’t quite keep up with the others distance wise, but he was still pretty solid on the course, and certainly a treat to be around.

One of the more enjoyable things for spectators was the ability to hear when the players were saying to each other when they were within earshot of fans. There were a few times throughout the round that one of the players would joking warn fans to watch out in case of an errant shot.

Jeter was certainly impressive as a golfer. He was able to make solid contact more times than not, which could be expected of a member of baseball’s 3000-hit club. The former captain of the New York Yankees also knew his way around the green, dropping in multiple putts from 15 feet or more.

As for Favre, there were times he looked as if he belonged, but also some others where he looked much more like a normal person on the golf course.

He did, however, clinch the victory for his team on the 18th green.

Stricker’s struggles

While Stricker finished the first round with the lead on Friday carding an 8-under 66, the course wasn’t as kind to him on Saturday.

Stricker’s lone birdie came on the 18th hold as he finished with a 2-over, 74 for the round. This was the first over-par round of his PGA Tour Champions career.

Stricker had carded 30 consecutive rounds under par, which is the fourth-longest streak in the history of the tour.

“It was a tough day, but that was a big birdie in my mind,” Stricker said of his birdie on the 18th hole. “It kept me a little bit closer. I mean, no one ran away with this thing today and three shots back, a lot of guys between me and the lead. Yeah, it was a good putt to make and finally get a birdie.

“It was just one of those days where I didn’t have a lot of energy. Nothing — hit very few good shots really. The couple that I did hit well, I was in bad spots, and a couple of bad shots even got worse. So nothing really went my way today except for that last putt.”

Stricker will begin the final round on Sunday tied for 14th at 6-under. He will tee off at 10 a.m. CT.

Madison’s other resident

With Stricker being the host of the tournament, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the other Madison resident playing in the tournament. Jerry Kelly certainly had a better day than Stricker on Saturday.

After shooting a 4-under 68 on Friday, Kelly followed that up with a 3-under 69 Saturday at University Ridge. He’s currently sitting at 7-under for the weekend and finds himself in a tie for sixth with seven other players.

Leader in the clubhouse

Esteban Toledo entered the day five shots off the lead after posting a 3-under 69 on Friday. Saturday was a much better day for him as he was 6-under, climbing all the way up to first on the leaderboard.

Toldeo holds a one-stroke lead over David Toms, Kent Jones, Fred Couples, and Billy Mayfair for the lead. The final group of Toledo, Toms, and Jones will tee off at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday morning.

Former Packers WR Greg Jennings says Brett Favre quit on the team in a 2007 game

Greg Jennings is at it again.

The former Green Bay Packers wide receiver, who has taken shots at quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy in the past, turned his attention to Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre when he was on FS1’s ‘Undisputed’ on Wednesday.

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.

Brett Favre thought Aaron Rodgers would have more than one title by now

Count Brett Favre among those surprised Green Bay hasn’t won more than one Super Bowl with quarterback Aaron Rodgers under center.

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.”

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.

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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.

SB 50, Favre Hits Hall & Newton Loses Nook

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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