Finally, the star of the original rift between a Hall of Fame quarterback and the Green Bay Packers weighed in on the sequel to come.
Brett Favre believes Aaron Rodgers will no longer play for the Packers if the 2020 NFL MVP truly holds a “grudge” against the organization.
“Knowing Aaron, and I think I know him well enough, if he has any grudges, whether it is against the organization or a player or a rival, family, friends, he doesn’t budge. I don’t see him coming back if this is not resolved, whatever the problem. Even if it’s resolved but he feels like they have one against him, he’s not going to play. Knowing Aaron, he would sit down, ”Favre said, via WISN-TV in Milwaukee.
Favre doesn’t seem to speak with first-hand knowledge of the unfolding situation.
Now 13 years after Favre was not retired and then forced out of Green Bay, Rodgers would like to chart a similar course and leave the organization. In 2008, the Packers finally traded Favre after a controversial summer at the New York Jets, paving the way for Rodgers to become the new starting quarterback. This time around, the Packers insisted Rodgers would not be traded.
While Terry Bradshaw’s offbeat comments regarding Rodgers can be easily dismissed as ramblings from a stranger, Favre’s words here can’t be tossed straight into the wastebasket as easily. Despite an icy relationship with Rodgers when the Packers’ first-round pick in 2005 first arrived at Green Bay, Favre developed a strong friendship with his successor. Through many conversations, Favre is said to have a solid understanding of what drives Rodgers as a man and a football player. And he certainly knew a thing or two about grudges, though it’s worth noting here that Favre and Rodgers ultimately buried the hatchet and became friends.
The question now is whether Rodgers and the Packers can mend their own relationship.
Favre said he doesn’t think Rodgers will return unless the issues are resolved, and even then he believes the bridge could be burnt forever. In fact, he’s gone so far as to imply that Rodgers would rather stay out than return to the Packers, a leverage he has at his disposal as the season approaches.
But again, these are all opinions. Rodgers, for whatever reason, didn’t address anything in a public setting. There’s almost absolute confirmation from the Packers side of a conflict in the relationship, and it’s clear the team isn’t 100% sure he’ll be back in 2021, but the mystery will only get bigger. until Rodgers adds his side of the story.
Some opinions are more valuable than others. For example, former Packers executive Andrew Brandt has the first-hand expertise and experience in handling Favre’s situation in 2008. He has shared his thoughts and opinions on the matter on SI. com.