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NFL.com: Harrison: Favre doesn't have a reason to hate on Rodgers


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Somehow, Brett Favre is still in the news. And somehow, we're not surprised.

We've had a week's worth of reaction to Favre's perceived slight of current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Some believe Favre was simply paying Rodgers a compliment by saying he expected his former backup to win a Super Bowl sooner. Others view it as a malicious shot. Favre himself told USA Today on Friday that he was "surprised" at the backlash and said he was "very gracious and complimentary of the Packers and Aaron Rodgers."

Rodgers took the high road through the whole potential public-relations minefield, even putting a positive spin on his connection with Favre that he admits will never go away.

But there's always Rodney Harrison. The ... errr, outspoken ... Harrison isn't on the high road when it comes to Favre.

[EDIT: See: http://www.extremeskins.com/showthread.php?299621-USA-Today-Rodney-Harrison-on-Brett-Favre-Everywhere-he-goes-he-craps-on-everybody ]

"What purpose does it serve for (Favre) to come out at this point in time and become critical of a guy who is a true class act?" Harrison said Friday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access." "Both of these guys won Super Bowls at age of 27. I'll guarantee you this: If Rodgers plays another 12 years, he'll win another Super Bowl." :ols:

If Favre truly is surprised by the backlash over Rodgers, he might want to take a note of where Harrison went next. Responding to the idea that Favre isn't completely over how things ended in Green Bay, as well as his reluctance to be supportive as Rodgers' mentor, Harrison let 'er rip.

"All that sounds good, but at the end of the day, Favre is a player-hater," said Harrison, a hard-hitting safety who spent 15 seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. "He's completely jealous of Rodgers. Those fans in Green Bay treated Favre right. The media treated Favre right. He has no reason at all to be such a bitter, old man.

"Embrace this young man, compliment him. That's what he deserves. I can see if Rodgers was a jerk. He's not. He's a class act. He's a humble individual. We need more guys like this representing our league on a day-in, day-out basis."

Whew. Harrison dropped a "player-hater" on Favre. As far as Harrison is concerned, Favre has to sleep in the same bed he made.

"Let's not forget about Favre. He left because he wanted that," Harrison said. "He went to Minnesota, within that division. He wanted that. He went to the Jets. He's a guy who always wanted the attention, he's a selfish guy. That's Favre's nature. We understand that, we know that."

Harrison said Favre's former Jets teammates referred to the quarterback as a "prima donna" who had his own set of rules and didn't associate with the rest of the team.

Harrison then left some words of wisdom for Rodgers.

"Let's not get it twisted about Favre," Harrison added. "He's jealous, he's a player-hater. Rodgers, keep doing your thing, don't let this guy get under your skin."

Harrison, unfortunately, doesn't leave much for us to say.

---------- Post added October-8th-2011 at 05:31 PM ----------

I always like Favre stories like this...

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Favre doesn't need to say anything. He's overrated and should have won 2 or 3 SB's with that team in the 90's but didn't. He only won his 1 because he faced QB's who threw even more Int's than he did in the playoffs, but still needed Howard in the end to win against Drew Bledsoe's 4 Picks in that game.

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I don't think Favre has anything against Rodgers, he just wants to make himself look better. Brett Favre is so much about Brett Favre that he can't pay enough attention to any other player to qualify as "hating." Whether Rodgers were to have a perfect QB rating through 3 seasons and win every SB or if he was a winless bum, Favre would find some way to insert his own greatness into the conversation.

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The moment Rodgers wins his second superbowl, which should be happening this February; they will say Favre who? A second superbowl win, especially if it's back to back; will eclipse Favre's entire career with Green Bay.

That's why he is yapping. He knows he is about to be eclipsed as a legend in Packer fans eye. Rodgers will be able to do what Favre couldn't.

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Personally, I didn't see a sleight in Favre's comment.

Me neither. It's clear that people are hearing what they want to hear. To be surprised that Rodgers didn't win a Super Bowl earlier means that you think he's pretty damn good.

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Me neither. It's clear that people are hearing what they want to hear. To be surprised that Rodgers didn't win a Super Bowl earlier means that you think he's pretty damn good.

Not sure if you heard the entire interview or not, but the problem that I had with it was at the tail end, where he said things like "I hope that he sat behind me and learned," when he specifically said before the '05 season that he wasn't going to be a mentor to anyone, which was pretty unnecessary. I'm sure that Rodgers stole some things from Favre, most evidently Farve's cadence, but i'm sure most of Rodgers improvement as a passer has come from his time spent with McCarthy and whoever the QB coach is. It almost seems like he's trying to take some credit for the QB that Rodgers has become, which I have a problem with.

He's also saying that Rodgers stepped into a great situation, which, again, in a way, is saying that Rodgers has very little to do with the way his team has played, and is playing, when it is clear that Rodgers made GB a great situation, and is the best player on that team.

Favre's comments weren't direct shots, but they were indeed back handed comments, and if I'm a teammate of Rodgers, knowing Brett's prima-donna attitude, the way he left GB, the Minnesota situation, and overall just how hard I've worked to get better, along with everyone else on the team, I'd be pretty agitated. But that's just me. :whoknows:

I love me some Brett Favre just as much as the next guy, as far as on-field play is concerned, but there is no denying that for the last 3-4 years, the guy has been a complete attention whore off the field, living in his own personal fantasy land.

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