Okay, let’s take the fast part out of that. Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were not fast friends.
Lord Favre famously said he wasn’t going to mentor Rodgers after the Green Bay Packers drafted his eventual replacement. And that’s fine. That whole comment was likely blown out of proportion.
However, Favre says he and Rodgers are friends now. Or something like that. They talk on the phone, which is what friends sometimes do.
Favre told Jason Wilde and former teammate Mark Tauscher — on their radio show — that he and Rodgers spoke just two weeks ago.
I haven’t spoken to my father that recently, so there’s something to be said about that, I suppose.
Rodgers apparently told Favre he now understands his not-mentoring comment.
“We talked about that,” Favre said. “He said, ‘I get it now. I get what you were saying, or how you carried yourself.’”
For the record, the exact comment was this.
“My contract doesn’t say I have to get Aaron Rodgers ready to play. Now hopefully he watches me and gets something from that.”
Not quite as douchey as I remember it to be. Probably not quite as douchey as you remember it to be. Of course, the media blew it up as some sort of slight from Favre to Rodgers.
And let’s be honest. There was probably some of that in there. Favre thought he could play forever at that point.
Regardless, as teammates, Favre and Rodgers seemed to be fine. I can personally remember a number of occasions after Favre threw some miraculous touchdown pass that Rodgers was the first guy running up to him and embracing him.
It seems, at this point, Favre has respect for Rodgers. Where, when he was drafted, Favre could have given a crap about Rodgers.
“You play umpteen years in the league and then talk to me, boy.”
I could hear Favre saying that.
Rodgers has now played umpteen years in the league. He’s earned the Favre respect and we get it. Not many guys do what either of these guys have done.
They are equals in many ways. Brotherhood of a few.
They also have the shared experience of being the old man in the locker room at this point.
“You see a lot of guys come and go. You look around and I’m the last man standing,” Favre said. “Very few guys get to experience that because of the longevity standpoint.”
Rodgers lost his boy Jordy Nelson this offseason, perhaps the biggest personnel loss from a friendship and chemistry standpoint for Rodgers to date.
He isn’t quite the last man standing, though.
There are not many, but there are still some members of the Super Bowl XLV team around besides Rodgers. Clay Matthews is still in the house. Mason Crosby is, too, if kickers matter. Tramon Williams is back. Knee Injury… I mean, Bryan Bulaga, was also on that team.
So Rodgers isn’t totally in a foreign world.
As an aside, do you recall that the Tramon was the Packers No. 1 punt returner that year? I didn’t. He handled all 41 of the Packers’ punts that were returned during the regular season in 2010.