Favre, who already was a three-time NFL Most Valuable Player at that point during his Hall of Fame career, even went so far as to say that it wasn’t his job to get Rodgers up to speed.
“My contract doesn’t say I have to get Aaron Rodgers ready to play,” Favre famously said at the time. “Now hopefully he watches me and gets something from that.”
Time has chopped down the wall between the quarterbacks, with the two even appearing together at the NFL Honors in 2013.
Fast forward to the present, Favre said during a recent interview on Wilde and Tausch on ESPN 540 that Rodgers understands where he was coming from.
“We talked about that,” Favre said of the non-mentoring quote. “He said, ‘I get it now. I get what you were saying, or how you carried yourself.’
“There is no clause that says, ‘You groom the next guy who’s going to take your job, or else.’ It doesn’t work that way.”
Favre’s last season with Green Bay was in 2007 and he retired in 2010 after playing one season with the New York Jets and two years with the Minnesota Vikings. The 11-time Pro Bowl selection was inducted into the Packers’ Hall of Fame in 2015 and had his No. 4 retired.
Rodgers has done quite nicely for himself in his own right, capturing two NFL MVP awards to go along with six Pro Bowl selections.
The 34-year-old Rodgers is coming off an injury-shortened 2017 season. He sustained a broken right collarbone that sidelined him for eight weeks, returned for one game and then was placed on injured reserve.
Rodgers passed for 1,675 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions over seven games in 2017, his 13th season in the NFL.
He ranks second all-time in franchise history in passing yards (38,502) and touchdowns thrown (313), trailing only Favre in both categories (61,655 and 442, respectively).