Have pity for Aaron Rodgers. No matter what the man accomplishes — and he already has achieved plenty — the specter of Brett Favre will constantly follow him.
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The latest example of the Green Bay Packers quarterback’s burden occurred Wednesday, when Rodgers was asked not about his team’s upcoming game against the Atlanta Falcons, but for his response to recent comments that Favre created about him. In case you missed it, Favre told an Atlanta radio station this week he was surprised it took Rodgers so lengthy to win a Super Bowl given the talent on Green Bay’s roster.
Rodgers — who always has handled Favre-related drama diplomatically — opted not to tussle with the Wrangler pitchman.
“You know what? I’m just, the only factor 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 told ESPN Milwaukee on Wednesday. “It took all 53 of those guys, and obviously it got the attention of a lot of individuals, and we’re proud of the fact that we achieved the ultimate aim as a team.”
Did Rodgers really feel disrespected?
“You know what? Once again, I’m just going to say I was really proud of our team,” Rodgers said. “It takes 53 guys to win a championship. We had the right recipe last year, and we’re attempting to do that exact same factor this season.”
Rodgers won’t take the bait, but teammate Clay Matthews did touch on the subject for the duration of an appearance on ESPN’s “Jim Rome Is Burning,” according to ProFootballTalk.com.
“I’m not going to get involved with that, but I know (Rodgers),” Matthews said. “He hears those comments. It undoubtedly fuels the fire. He’s playing outstanding ball, but it’s only going to continue to exacerbate the situation and continue to step his game up, so I’m just searching forward to having him on my team and to see what he is able to do.”
Matthews was asked if he had a difficulty with Favre.
“I’m positive Aaron has a larger problem,” Matthews stated. “Backhanded comments like that, I’m positive it hits a core with Aaron. He’s a competitor. He takes every little thing that individuals say about him, the criticisms, and puts it on display on Sunday.”
We’d say Favre’s comments could hurt his relationship with Rodgers, but then again, that would mean there was a relationship. There doesn’t appear to be considerably of a connection in between the two men other than occupation. We suspect it will remain this way, but that doesn’t mean Rodgers won’t continue to be connected to his famous predecessor.