Three years ago, the Green Bay Packers made the unpopular local decision to finally cut the cord with Brett Favre. If anyone remembers, the Packers offered Favre money, a lot of money, to just go away and not play football anymore. Favre refused the cash and got himself traded to the New York Jets. One season later, Favre landed in Minnesota, where he wanted to be so he could try and beat Green Bay twice a year. He played the final two seasons of his career with the Vikings and by the end of the 2010 regular season it was clear that #4 was done.
Fast forward a few weeks later and when the confetti fell to the field on Cowboys Stadium, it was quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers celebrating the Super Bowl championship win.
The Packers drafted Rodgers in the latter part of the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. The kid from northern California then sat for three years. He didn’t complain out loud that this Favre guy wasn’t helping him or that every year he thought he’d get his turn, only to find out that Favre was changing his mind about retiring yet again.
When Green Bay finally decided it was time to go with Rodgers instead of Favre, the move wasn’t met with much happiness in the Wisconsin area. Rodgers was replacing the Lambeau legend and unless he would win a Super Bowl he would never ever be as good as Favre. On Sunday night, Rodgers did it.
In an MVP performance, Rodgers, minus the 16 players who went on injured reserve during the season, including Ryan Grant, Jermichael Finley and Nick Barnett, and without Charles Woodson and Donald Driver, who were injured early in the big game, matched Favre in Super Bowl wins when Green Bay defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25.
So while Favre, a future Hall of Famer, stumbled to the finish line of his career amid allegations of inappropriate text messages, the classy and quiet Rodgers simply led his battered young team to the ultimate finish line – a Super Bowl title.
It’s too bad that Favre and the Packers have a distant relationship these days. It’ll get fixed at some point, but while Rodgers received the Lombardi Trophy, the camera panned to the crowd and showed a smiling Bart Starr, who led Green Bay to wins in Super Bowl I and II. The Packers other Super Bowl winning QB was nowhere to be found.
Although Favre lost out on being part of this celebration, the real loser on Super Bowl Sunday is the San Francisco 49ers. That’s the franchise that owned the first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft and needed a quarterback. The 49ers decided on Alex Smith over Rodgers. Six years later, Rodgers, who grew up watching hometown heroes Joe Montana and Steve Young, is a Super Bowl champion just like them and San Francisco is going back to the drawing board.
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