Brett Favre was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday with hosts Bruce Murray and Jim Miller. Here is a transcript, courtesty of SiriusXM.
Brett Favre: “Like we all know, time heals pretty much everything and I think I’ve made numerous statements in regards to Green Bay and how I feel. My 16 years in Green Bay I wouldn’t trade for anything. It was fun, we were good and if there was one wish I could have it would be that we won more than one championship. But I wouldn’t change anything, it was a great ride for me, more than I ever dreamed of. … It’s a special place and there’s no place like it.”
Favre: “The way the end went down, it’s unfortunate. It’s unfortunate on my end, it’s unfortunate on their end, that were even having to talk about this today, but they wanted to go in a different direction and quite frankly I had no problems with that. I still felt like I could play. I left them in limbo, as we all know, kinda ‘yeah,’ ‘no.’ Just, I didn’t want to make a decision until I got right up to training camp and that’s probably where I was at fault. I was also at fault for saying, ‘I’m retiring,’ because at that time and day that I talked to Mike McCarthy I didn’t want to play.”
Favre: “I understood that they had a young quarterback who had tremendous potential, that they had to find out what he could do. And, quite frankly, I had probably my best year in 16 years that past season and there’s two ways to look at that; if you’re in the organization and you’re making decisions you got to feel like, OK, he had a great year but can he really duplicate that again at this age? Probably not. He’s probably maxed out. That’s kind of what I would have been thinking. Now, obviously my side of it is I think I still can play.”
Favre: “The way it went down was not the best of ways and I think people have learned from it and, again, I’m over it. Aaron has played extremely well, probably even better than anyone anticipated, but I knew he was capable of that and that’s why they drafted him. Barring any injury he’ll shatter everything I ever did there except for maybe consecutive games. But the guy has been tremendous, great move on their part.”
Favre: “When will the day come that I go back? I don’t know that for certain. I think both sides agree that there is no sense in rushing anything just for the public or whatever. I don’t know what the response will be from the fans. I think there’s a great deal of fans that respect the way I played and what I did for that organization. I know I’m very proud of what I left behind there.”
Favre: “I’m just honored to even be mentioned with some of the great names that not only have played in Green Bay but in the National Football League. So I don’t need a certificate, a trophy, a jersey retired to cap off my career. Playing itself, in Green Bay, for 16 years is trophy enough.”
On his relationship with Aaron Rodgers:
Host Bruce Murray: “Why is there this assumption that that relationship was sour when you were there? Why do we all assume it wasn’t a good relationship while you were there?”
Favre: “I guess it’s a ratings boost. I have no idea, honestly. And I think Aaron, if he were on this phone right now, he’d say the same thing.”
Favre: “I spent a tremendous amount of time studying the game myself. In the latter part of my career I was a lot more vigilant from the mental aspect of it. I was trying to make up for maybe the lack of physical skills over time. I can remember, pretty much all the time, Aaron would say, 'Do you mind if I watch a little film with you?' This would be after people left, Wednesday or Thursday at 5:30 or something. I'd say, 'Sure.' His style of play, obviously, is a little bit different than mine. But I would try to offer him things that were not so much style but things I looked at, little nuances that I looked at. The way I played the game doesn't mean you have to play it that way. … And then from a leadership standpoint, just always being accountable and things like that, taking the blame.”
Favre: “You got to play the game the way you play it. He has done a heck of a job with that. We spent a lot of time just kind of talking about what had made me successful. Very knowledgeable guy. And we got along fine. I mean, really. There were no problems between Aaron and I. I had no problem with him becoming the next quarterback for the Packers. It was bound to happen at some point. I have no problems with the success that he's had. In fact, I'm proud of him. I was well aware of the media making a big deal out of it. I mean, I'm not going to sit there and fight it all the time. I knew it wasn't true. Aaron knew it wasn't true. Did I talk to him all the time? No. Do I talk to other guys all the time? No. But he knows how I feel about him and he knows how I feel about his career up to this point."
On the possibility of getting involved with the Packers again in some capacity:
Murray: “Assuming time heals all wounds what level of involvement would you like to have with the organization as an ambassador, if you would like one at all?”
Favre: “Well, first of all, I don’t think they need one. … It’s the Green Bay Packers. The tradition, the history, the former players, the coaches that make up this great history, speaks for itself. I don’t have to go out and promote the Green Bay Packers. I don’t want a position. I don’t want to be given one just for kicks and giggles. I’ll say it here, I’ll say it anytime to anyone, that is a tremendous organization. … I think, in due time, people will always remember me as a Green Bay Packer, which is true. My two years in Minnesota were great. I got to see [Green Bay] from the other side, which made me appreciate it even more. … Sixteen years is a long time, and to start all those games and be a part of some great teams and players is just a special memory for me that will always be there. I don’t know. That’s a tough question, I guess, to ask because I’m not looking for any favors. I think the fact that I played there and played for so long and had great success, to me, is enough.”
Murray: “Let me follow that up. There’s a difference to being an ambassador and going out to promote the team and just being comfortable to just be there for big games and just being shown on television, just being around the organization, when you’d like to be, if that’s something you choose to do.”
Favre: “Well, to what extent that will happen - and I'll tell you why it probably will happen less, is because I don't really like traveling, to be honest with you. (laughs) After 20 years, I got tired of traveling back and forth. … Will I go to some games? Will I be a part of it? Absolutely. To what extent, I have no idea."