Many sports fans and media members like to compare the Brett Favre-Aaron Judge Green Bay Packers quarterback controversy to the new Rodgers-Jordan Love intrigue which is understandable.
Both Favre and Rodgers led the Packers to a Super Bowl title. Both are beloved Packers.
Both were in their mid-30s when the Packers drafted a quarterback of the future in the first round, Rodgers as the 24th overall pick in 2005 and Love as the 26th overall selection in 2020.
But Favre said the two situations are different in one big way.
“I think when I look at this situation with Aaron and my situation, yes, they’re very, very similar. But there is a big difference: They were several plays away from the Super Bowl this year. When we drafted Aaron, that wasn’t the case,” Favre said recently to ESPN Wisconsin. “So that made more sense.”
During that 2004 season, the Packers overcame a 1-4 start to make the playoffs at 10-6 but lost at home in the NFC wild-card round to the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers, on the other hand, led the Packers to the NFC Championship last season under first-year coach Matt LaFleur, where they lost 37-20 to the San Francisco 49ers.
Favre — who still was able to lead the Packers to the NFC title game in 2007, a 23-20 to the eventual Super Bowl-champion Giants — said he knew the organization was ready to hand the keys to Rodgers.
“The age, obviously is the same,” Favre said, referring to the time both Packers legends watched their team draft their quarterback of the future. “My last year as a Packer was one of my best years statistically speaking, and we were very close to the Super Bowl, obviously. But Aaron was several years entrenched within the organization.”
Favre also said he was surprised the Packers didn’t give Rodgers more weapons in the 2020 NFL Draft.
“Look, I don’t know the organization (anymore),” he said. “I met Matt LaFleur. He seems like a great guy, a great coach. Everyone has their reasons, and I think their intentions and reasons are for the betterment of the team. But I was very shocked that they didn’t go with immediate help that can help right now.
“I have no hard feelings — I don’t even know Jordan Love. And he may be a great player. Happy for him. It was just my opinion, that I felt like they would go with an immediate need — and I’m sure Aaron probably thought that as well.”
This isn’t the first time Favre talked about the Rodgers situation. The Hall of Fame quarterback recently said the Packers’ decision to draft the 21-year-old Love is going to embroil the organization in unnecessary controversy.
“I just think that Green Bay isn’t going anywhere without Aaron Rodgers in the next few years,” Favre said after the draft. “I would do all I could to not burn that bridge and I don’t think that they did that. I think that they burned a bridge that’s going to be hard to overcome. At some point, I think it will rear its ugly head.”