Aaron Rodgers sidesteps latest Brett Favre flap
Aaron Rodgers is going to stay out of the fray.
A day after Brett Favre, in an awful round-about way said he was surprised it took his successor so long to win a Super Bowl, Rodgers did his best to sidestep the issue entirely.
“You know what? I’m just, the only thing I want to say is I’m just really proud of our guys and what our team did last season. It was a great accomplishment,” Rodgers said, according to Jason Wilde of ESPN 540. “It took all 53 of those guys and obviously it got the attention of a lot of people and we’re proud of the fact that we achieved the ultimate goal as a team.”
Rodgers was then asked if Favre was attempting to diminish him.
“You know what? Again, I’m just going to say I was really proud of our team. It takes 53 guys to win a championship,” Rodgers said. “We had the right recipe last year and we’re trying to do that same thing this season.”
Favre was on 790 The Zone in Atlanta when he covered a lot of topics, most sensational his thoughts on the Packers winning Super Bowl XLV a year ago. There was some praise in there, but you can certainly boil it down another direction if you would like.
Here is the entirety of what Favre said on the radio:
“I’m going to be honest, I was not surprised. The biggest surprise to me would be that he didn’t do it sooner,” Favre replied. “It’s funny how people can get over time, my last year in Green Bay prior to the first game, I made the remark that this was probably the most talented team that I’ve ever played on. And of course everyone looked up and was like ‘this guy’s off his rocker.’ We were very, very young; take me out of the mix and we were by far the youngest team in the league. But I could see the talent pool across the board was outstanding. Now our season kind of ended up being a reflection of that. We came close, and I think we took a lot of people by surprise, but guys emerged rather quickly.
“Aaron had a chance…even though the last couple years it’s seemed like he’s almost a rookie, he’s been around awhile. And I’d like to think that he watched, he learned, and then when he got a chance to play, he brought in his ability which is obviously very good or they wouldn’t have drafted him in the first round. He’s got tremendous talent, he’s very bright and he got a chance to watch and see successful teams do it right. And so he just kind of fell into a good situation. On top of that, he’s a good player. I don’t think anyone would question now the talent around him is even better than when I was there. So I’m really kind of surprised it took him so long. Really, the early part of last year season, it hadn’t quite clicked yet and I didn’t know if it would. I just kind of figured when they hit their stride, they’re going to be hard to beat. And that’s what happened.”
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