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Offline Zero2Cool  
#1 Posted : Thursday, July 19, 2012 12:07:48 PM(UTC)
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Click the author to read his thoughts about the interview, which has a second part airing later tonight.


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Here is the full transcript of the first part of the interview, courtesy of the NFL Network’s Andrew Howard:

> On what he is doing now: “Just hanging out back home, helping out and doing a little coaching at the high school.”

> On if he is demanding as a coach: “I find with each day I get a little more demanding, but I’m not a yeller. My dad yelled a bunch and I’ve been around a lot of coaches [and] I’ve seen coaches yell. I’m kind of in-between.”

> On what coach worked on him: “[Mike] Holmgren, he was so instrumental. Everyone knows the West Coast [offense], or a version of it now; it was just kind of new, it was just Joe Montana and Bill Walsh back then. The offense just fit me perfectly and he was the best guy to lead me.”

> On if he is enjoying coaching: “I am enjoying it. At the high school level, I find that because being so far removed from that you feel like you’re coaching. You really feel like you’re making an impact.”

> On if he could see himself coaching: “I don’t think I would never move up. I like the free time, and I was reluctant to give more of my time. At the high school, I’ve been just volunteering.”

> On his playing career: “I feel like playing 20 years of pro football and numerous other years, there are no regrets because when I look back, people ask me if I missed it. I thought I would. I really don’t miss it; I kind of miss some of the goofing off…I left it out there. There is no [feeling of], ‘If I would have just done this.’ I did it all.”

> On what he would tell starting quarterback Chris Miller when he was with the Atlanta Falcons: “I would tell Chris just go in there and screw it up so I could finish the second half Laughing.”

> On his knowledge of the game: “I studied hard. I don’t care what other people think. I ran the Wishbone in high school. Then when I went to college, I started four years but it was I-Formation, never ran shotgun. I was way behind; I could throw it, but if you were to ask what nickel defense was, I had no clue. But the older I got, the harder I prepared. As my success grew, so did my knowledge of the game.”

> On when he first arrived in Green Bay: “When I got to Green Bay, [there was] a lot of tradition but a long time since they had won. A lot of people were, ‘We need to win, it’s been 25 years.’ [Mike] Holmgren, he had gotten there a month before I did so we were all kind of just starting over…I just knew that if they ever put me on the field, then that’s going to be a good move.”

> On if he always had that kind of confidence: “Looking back, how I made it I have no idea. I thought just play me…That’s part of the success of me is that sometimes it’s better to just go play.”

> On not being wanted by an organization any longer after being with them for a long time: “We see it all the time. But I also understand that changes need to be made sometimes in spite of how you play. It would be easy to say we’re going to let this guy go if you didn’t play very well; it’s like, ‘You start to see diminished skills.’ I had my best year my last year there [in Green Bay]. A lot has been said about their side, my side. The business part of it is it happens. I’m not upset with that, I really am not.”

> On if he has any relationship with the Green Bay Packers: “Not really.”

> On if would like to have a relationship with the Green Bay Packers: “It will happen someday…That day will come. I haven’t lost any sleep over it, nor have they. They’ve gone on.”

> On his impact on the Green Bay Packers: “What I did speaks for itself. What I left behind speaks for itself.”

> On if the Green Bay Packers call and want to have a ‘Brett Favre’ day where they retire his jersey: “Why? [Laughing] I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know this: whether anything happened between you and Atlanta, me and Green Bay – and people think I’m crazy – but I don’t need to have a day. I don’t need to have a retirement [where they] retire your jersey to solidify my career.”

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Offline Cheesey  
#2 Posted : Thursday, July 19, 2012 12:42:01 PM(UTC)
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Wow......has he REALLY lost his love of the "It's all about ME!" image?
As far as the Packers leaving him behind, he always seems to forget that he jerked them around for quite a few years, kind of forcing their hand to go with Rodgers. Which i think has been proven to be the right move in the end.

And him not wanting "his" day in GB? I'm not so sure he really feels that way. I still think he has "sour grapes" that they let him go. I really believe he thought the team would collapse without him there, and he was just waiting so say "SEE? I TOLD you so!"
Of course again, that's JUST my opinions, based on how he acted around the whole mess.

Maybe he really has let it go, and doesn't care now.

I'd love to see him "kiss and make up" with the GB organization. It would be a lot happier ending then the way it is now. It would be better for both sides.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, July 19, 2012 3:47:09 PM(UTC)
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I am watching NFL network and they are talking about records that will never be broken and Favre is at #3with his consecutive starts. The thing I don't understand is why don't they count the playoffs? After all it is a game that means something. So I looked it up and his real streak is 321 games. That is just amazing to me.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, July 19, 2012 9:14:16 PM(UTC)
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First, it’s refreshing to hear him admit he came back for the money. This is obviously true in most cases, so it’s nice to see an athlete admit it.

Two things caught me off-guard, though.

I always thought the winging it stuff was something Favre wanted apart of his brand. It’s obviously bull. Playing quarterback is hard and a lot of work goes into it. Perhaps Favre didn’t embrace the off-season in his older age, but the cerebral side to his game never got enough credit.

It’s disappointing that he doesn't care about a jersey retirement ceremony. That’s a privilege and one not shared by many other players in the 80-plus years of the Green Bay Packers. He's missing the point there.
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#5 Posted : Friday, July 20, 2012 5:32:21 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: porky88 Go to Quoted Post

It’s disappointing that he doesn't care about a jersey retirement ceremony. That’s a privilege and one not shared by many other players in the 80-plus years of the Green Bay Packers. He's missing the point there.


I think he's full of shit. It bothers him plenty. When has Favre ever embelished something. Sarcasm
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#6 Posted : Friday, July 20, 2012 6:11:20 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Dakotat Go to Quoted Post
I think he's full of shit. It bothers him plenty. When has Favre ever embelished something. Sarcasm


Yeah, I really have no reason to believe anything Favre says, really. Why would I? As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. I likely won't believe much from either side about this whole situation until I see some action. Either way, I don't really care to begin with. There is plenty of current exciting Packer's activities (an amazing team, stadium additions, rookies, etc.). I'm just not that concerned with Favre right now. As he said, something will happen one day, but I don't think anyone is really in a hurry.

Favre said he completely understands the business side of the decision in that interview. Well, then what the fuck is the problem? Perhaps they weren't "kind" enough to you, or pamper you enough through the situation, Favre? Bottom line: it wasn't anything personal; just business. Sure, it could have been handled with a little more grace, but things happen. If you understand the business behind the decision, then why did you act like a butt-hurt little girl? I never interpreted "the decision" as anything personal towards Brett or believed that he couldn't play at a high level for a little while longer. It simply made the most sense for the Packer's at that time, and well, . . . he was retired. Ted Thompson's train continually moves forward, regardless of the circumstances. It's not personal, it was about the Green Bay Packers. I've said it many times, but I'm glad Ted handles business that way he does.

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#7 Posted : Friday, July 20, 2012 8:14:47 AM(UTC)
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The Packers didn't choose to go with Aaron Rodgers. Brett Favre made that choice for them when he retired. The Packers (Ted Thompson and Mark McCarthy specifically) assumed there was no way Favre wouldn't return for the '08 season after coming close in '07 and performing so well. That's why they were urging Favre for a response.

It was far more on the principle of, you retired, we have moved on already, (as the famous comment went) the train has left the building. This goes with everything the Packers have been doing and did prior. You set a plan, you move forward with it. Favre changed their plans, and then changed his mind and got pissed off when the Packers didn't change their course.


With Favre saying he doesn't need his jersey retired and just how he said that. My first reaction is, it almost feels like a slap in the face. I would have to say Favre holds concern for his legacy and that's why he says things like "dont need a ceremony to validate my career" or whatever the specific wording was. He's said something similar many, many times. But thing is, this is one final "hoorah" for the fans to GIVE Favre and show appreciation for what he did for 16 years.

I dunno, gotta think about this more, but yeah, initial reaction kinda feels like mom an dad were divorced for a few years now and the kids are shortchanged because of it.

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#8 Posted : Friday, July 20, 2012 6:12:39 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool Go to Quoted Post
The Packers didn't choose to go with Aaron Rodgers. Brett Favre made that choice for them when he retired. The Packers (Ted Thompson and Mark McCarthy specifically) assumed there was no way Favre wouldn't return for the '08 season after coming close in '07 and performing so well. That's why they were urging Favre for a response.

It was far more on the principle of, you retired, we have moved on already, (as the famous comment went) the train has left the building. This goes with everything the Packers have been doing and did prior. You set a plan, you move forward with it. Favre changed their plans, and then changed his mind and got pissed off when the Packers didn't change their course.


With Favre saying he doesn't need his jersey retired and just how he said that. My first reaction is, it almost feels like a slap in the face. I would have to say Favre holds concern for his legacy and that's why he says things like "dont need a ceremony to validate my career" or whatever the specific wording was. He's said something similar many, many times. But thing is, this is one final "hoorah" for the fans to GIVE Favre and show appreciation for what he did for 16 years.

I dunno, gotta think about this more, but yeah, initial reaction kinda feels like mom an dad were divorced for a few years now and the kids are shortchanged because of it.


Not only did he retire, he urged them to move on when they heard the rumors that Favre and his family were spreading about him coming back. Like Letterman's show for example.

The Packers went so far as to get a roster exemption from the league to clear the way for Favre. He is the one who said no in the end. Not the Packers. Because he was never interested in coming back.
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#9 Posted : Monday, July 23, 2012 2:03:39 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: porky88 Go to Quoted Post
First, it’s refreshing to hear him admit he came back for the money. This is obviously true in most cases, so it’s nice to see an athlete admit it.

Two things caught me off-guard, though.

I always thought the winging it stuff was something Favre wanted apart of his brand. It’s obviously bull. Playing quarterback is hard and a lot of work goes into it. Perhaps Favre didn’t embrace the off-season in his older age, but the cerebral side to his game never got enough credit.

It’s disappointing that he doesn't care about a jersey retirement ceremony. That’s a privilege and one not shared by many other players in the 80-plus years of the Green Bay Packers. He's missing the point there.


I think he's just burned out on the whole Favre vs the Packers fiasco so he can care less. Which is perfectly fine.

As for cerebral, yes, Favre's football intelligence was underrated. He played very intelligently in 2007 and 2009, except of course for game ending INTs in the CGs of both years. Both teams should have won the SB those years. Yes, I fully believe we would have matched up well against the Pats in 2007. And the Vikings in 2009 > the Colts in 2009. But up until then, he played with his brains very well.

Bums me out about 2007 though. Really wish we would have won it all in 2007 as Favre would have retired and everything would have ended in a happy ending. Rodgers would have still started in 2008 and we'd have 2 SBs with Favre and one with Aaron, bringing us to 5 SBs instead of a measly 4. Pisses me off that we're still behind the Cows.

And Hazer's right. One of today's QBs will eventually have the Yards & TD records, but nobody's gonna get the consecutive starts.
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