Aaron Rodgers won’t attend Brett Favre’s induction into the Packers Hall of Fame on July 18 because he’s playing in the annual American Century Golf Classic in Lake Tahoe, but Favre said during an appearance on ESPN Milwaukee’s Green & Gold Today on Tuesday that the two have a good relationship and he is happy for the success Rodgers has had following Favre’s remarkable 16-year run in Green Bay, Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reports.
“Was there animosity toward Aaron Rodgers [in the summer of 2008]? No, there wasn’t,” Favre said. “I like Aaron. Aaron and I get along fine. I knew at some point he had to play. I knew he had tremendous potential. All those things have come true, and I don’t feel like, ‘Well, what about me?’
“Again, my body of work speaks for itself. I’m a different player than he is. He’s a tremendous player and a great leader, and he’s doing exactly what I thought he’d do. When people try to create a wedge either with me and a player or me and the organization, there isn’t one. Life goes on, I understand that, and I’m OK with that. But again, what I did speaks for itself.”
It was Rodgers who served as the catalyst for the Packers’ public reconciliation with Favre following Favre’s two-year stint with the rival Minnesota Vikings when he and Favre shared the stage at the NFL Honors awards show in February 2013 – although Rodgers said the coming together of the two QBs was only part of the equation.
“As much as on-stage at the NFL Honors I think that was important for fans and the team to publicly see us coming together, I think time is the ultimate catalyst for things coming back together,” Rodgers said in a Q&A with ESPNWisconsin.com in June. “Sometimes it just takes some time for people to move on and move past things. I was happy to be a part of that. It was fun for me to see Brett and do that little bit on stage with him.