Brett Favre continues to patch things up with the Green Bay Packers and on Thursday he visited with SiriusXM NFL Radio to talk about his relationship with Aaron Rodgers, among other things.
Favre said he expects Rodgers, provided he remains healthy, to shatter all of his records with the exception of his consecutive games started streak that reached 298. Rodgers, who recently said he would like to play eight more years, is going to have to be dynamic to have a shot.
Favre is No. 1 all-time in completions (6,300), attempts (10,169), yards (71,838), touchdowns (508) and also some dubious categories like interceptions (336), sacks (525) and fumbles (166). He is also second in career playoff starts with 24.
In comparison, Rodgers has 1,752 completions with 2,665 attempts, 21,661 yards and 171 touchdowns. They are tied with one Super Bowl title each. Rodgers having to bide his time behind Favre may ultimately make it impossible for him to challenge some marks. Even if he threw 40 touchdowns for the next eight seasons he still wouldn’t reach 500 career TD’s.
Fave went into detail about having a positive working relationship with Rodgers when they were teammates.
“I think Aaron, if he were on this phone right now would say the same thing,” Favre said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I spent a tremendous amount of time studying the game myself. In the latter part of my career I was a lot more vigilant from a mental aspect of it. I was trying maybe to make up for the lack of physical skills over time. I can remember, pretty much all the time, Aaron would say: 'Do you mind if I watch a little film with you?' This would be when people left, Wednesday or Thursday, 5:30 (p.m.) or something. I'd say, 'Sure.'
“His style of play, obviously, is a little bit different than mine. But I would try to offer him things that were not so much style as things I worked at, little nuances that I worked at. The way I played the game doesn't mean you have to play it that way. I would say, I'm throwing quick here – this is a run play, but I'm throwing quick because the corner is off at outside leverage at eight yards. So I'm going to throw a quick slant. Well, you know, how do you get to that? Little things like that. Then from a leadership standpoint, always being accountable and things like that. Taking the blame. . . . You got to play the game the way you play it. He has done a heck of a job with that. But we spent a lot of time just kind of talking about what had made me successful. Very knowledgeable guy. And we got along fine. I mean, really. There were no problems between Aaron and I. I had no problem with him becoming the next quarterback for the Packers. It was bound to happen at some point. I have no problems with the success that he's had. In fact, I'm proud of it. And you know what? I was well aware of the media making a big deal out of it. I mean, I'm not going to sit there and fight it all the time. I knew it wasn't true. Aaron knew it wasn't true. Did I talk to him all the time? No. Do I talk to other guys all the time? No. So he knows how I feel about him and he knows how I feel about his career up to this point.”
Yes, you can see that they will be having a celebration for No. 4 in Green Bay sooner rather than later.
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