If anyone knows what two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers feels after the selection of potential successor Jordan Love in the first round of the NFL Draft, it’s the man who was his predecessor with the Green Bay Packers, three-time MVP Brett Favre.
After all, Rodgers’ drafting and development, and the Packers’ decision to make Rodgers the quarterback of the future, predicated Favre’s departure from Green Bay.
On Wednesday, Favre predicted the same pattern to come for Rodgers in a conversation on the Rich Eisen Show.
“I think Aaron will finish somewhere else. That’s my gut,” said Favre.
“I guarantee you this, and I don’t know this for certain…it’s got the wheels turning in Aaron’s mind. If that’s the case, that means there’s a chip on his shoulder towards the organization that otherwise was not there. All he needs is a reason other than this reason to expedite that.”
Favre felt similarly to what he believes Rodgers is feeling after the Packers chose Rodgers in the 2005 NFL Draft. He chose to retire in March 2008 after re-writing much of the NFL passing record book, then un-retired just before training camp months later.
The Packers had already prepared for Rodgers to play quarterback, and when Favre was unwilling to accept the situation, the Packers traded him to the New York Jets. He later played for the co-archrival Minnesota Vikings for two years.
“When I did it, it was a litle bit out of the realm. Now it’s fairly common,” he said.
“Tom Brady and myself, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, just to name a few, finished their career elsewhere. In my case, I played on four different teams. You’re going to see that trend more and more.”