Once among the most beloved players in Packers franchise history, Favre retired after the 2007 season, only to unretire that offseason, in July 2008. However, the Packers already had moved forward with Rodgers as their quarterback of the future. A rift developed between Favre and the organization, and the Packers eventually traded him to the New York Jets.
"I understood that they had a young quarterback who had tremendous potential, that they had to find out what he could do," Favre said Thursday on SiriusXM, according to ProFootballTalk.com. "And, quite frankly, I had probably my best year in 16 years that past season, and there's two ways to look at that. If you're in the organization and you're making decisions you got to feel like, 'OK, he had a great year, but he's probably maxed out.' That's kind of what I would have been thinking. Now, obviously my side of it is, 'I think I still can play.' The way it went down was not the best of ways, and I think people have learned from it, and, again, I'm over it."
All parties have been moving toward a reconciliation, and that continued Thursday as Favre praised Rodgers.
"Aaron has played extremely well, probably even better than anyone anticipated, but I knew he was capable of that and that's why they drafted him," Favre said. "Barring any injury he'll shatter everything I ever did there except for maybe consecutive games."
Favre holds the NFL record for consecutive starts, with 297 over 19 seasons. He left the game after the 2010 season as the career leader in victories (186), yards passing (71,838), touchdown passes (508), attempts (10,169), completions (6,300) and interceptions (336).
Rodgers has played 85 games over eight seasons, with 21,661 yards passing, 171 touchdown passes, 2,665 attempts, 1,752 completions and 46 interceptions.