Brett Favre Takes Side in Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers Controversy

by Suzanne Halliburton

Brett Favre doesn’t see much of a warm and fuzzy future for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Favre, speaking as a long-time Packers quarterback and former teammate of Rodgers, thinks the Green Bay star is going to sit out the season. That’s how mad Aaron Rodgers is at Packers management.

The Rodgers situation was an obvious topic for Brett Favre to tackle on his Boiling with Favre podcast.

“Knowing Aaron, and I think I know him fairly well, if he has a grudge, whether it be against the organization or a player or an arch rival or family, friends — he ain’t budging,” Brett Favre said.

“Whatever the issue is, if it’s not resolved — or even if it’s resolved but he feels like they got one up on him — he ain’t going to play,” Favre continued. “Knowing Aaron, he would sit.”

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 24: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers scrambles in the third quarter against the defense of Vita Vea #50 and Ndamukong Suh #93 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field on January 24, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

We all knew Rodgers wasn’t that fond of at least one decision Green Bay made. That was when the Packers selected Utah quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. Rodgers thought the team would be selecting a wide receiver, not his potential replacement. But no one knew, at least publicly, how irritated Rodgers still is until last Thursday. That’s when news broke that the Green Bay quarterback wanted out. No more Lambeau Field. No more Cheese Heads. And no more frozen tundra. Fans of the Milwaukee Brewers booed Rodgers this week.

The 37-year-old Rodgers wants a change in scenery while he still had some pop remaining in his right arm. According to all reports out of Green Bay, he’s anxious for the Packers to trade him. Plus, what Brett Favre didn’t bring up — Rodgers has enjoyed some significant life moments this year. He got engaged to actress Shailene Woodley. And, he dabbled in guest hosting Jeopardy!. He could be three for three in major life moments.

And Brett Favre knows about getting out of Green Bay. Although he still may be a revered figure at Lambeau Field, there was a time when he demanded a separation. That was thirteen years ago. Favre wanted to play elsewhere. He turned up the heat on Green Bay management and the Packers brass eventually traded Brett Favre to the New York Jets.

Coincidentally, Favre’s move to New York opened the way for Aaron Rodgers to start with the Packers. Green Bay drafted Rodgers in the first round in 2005 as Favre’s eventual successor.

Brett Favre is friends with Rodgers, but he didn’t indicate he had any first-hand knowledge about Rodgers’ current situation.

After the NFL completed the first round of the draft last Thursday, Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst said the team would not be dealing Rodgers.

“The value that he adds to our football is really immeasurable, you know what I mean?” Gutekunst told reporters. “He brings so much to the table not only as a player but as a leader. We’re going to work towards that and we’ve been working towards that on a number of different fronts.”

So, maybe Brett Favre knows how it all will unfold. After all, he’s been through it himself.