Aaron Rodgers had a very good reason for presenting an award with Brett Favre at Saturday night's NFL Honors event: The Packers quarterback wanted to bury the hatchet with the now-retired three-time NFL MVP who topped him on Green Bay's depth chart for three seasons. For the past five years since becoming the Packers' starting quarterback, Rodgers has barely mentioned Favre's name. It was a topic as contentious as the relationship between the two had become late in their time together while sharing the same uniform. But all of that is over now. "As the face of the franchise, a role I take very seriously, I think it's important to realize that it's time to probably move forward," Rodgers said Tuesday on his ESPN Wisconsin radio show. "It was good to talk to Brett on the phone and then spend some time with him. It was fun to present with Brett. "I thought it was good timing to just let the fans know, let Brett know, let's move forward. Let's heal things up and move forward." Rodgers and Favre presented the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award on Saturday night to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, but not before a comedic — partly scripted, partly ad-libbed — exchange on stage. Favre: "You know, Aaron, everyone loves it when a great player makes a comeback." Rodgers: "Yeah, but not always. Some people wish great players would just retire and stay retired." Favre: "Good to see you, too, Aaron." The two shook hands and almost hugged twice before Rodgers said, "That was awkward." But, according to Rodgers three days later, it really wasn't awkward at all. "We had talked about the lines a number of times, how we wanted to do it," Rodgers said on his radio show. "We thought about a hug, maybe saying, ‘It's too soon.' I thought it's what we were going to do and then Brett didn't come in for the hug.
Rodgers, Favre ready to move forward
Fox Sports Wisconsin | Feb 6