Aaron Rodgers looking forward to seeing Brett Favre, Bart Starr
Aaron Rodgers will share the Thanksgiving night spotlight when two former Green Bay Packers quarterbacking greats hold court in Lambeau Field during halftime of the team’s showdown with the Chicago Bears. And he’s looking forward to seeing both of his signal-calling predecessors.
Brett Favre will have his jersey retired during a halftime ceremony, an event that will include Packers legend Bart Starr taking part in the celebration.
Rodgers professed a great appreciation for the support he received from Starr — who is making the trip to Green Bay despite health issues — during his first few years with the Packers.
“You know Bart’s been such a great encouragement to me since I was drafted here, and I really have appreciated all of our conversations over the years with him and his lovely wife,” he said, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “… It’s always fun being around him but he’s such a positive, encouraging person. It’ll be great to see him.”
Rodgers of course had to wait for his chance to shine as the Packers quarterback while Favre concluded his career in Green Bay. And if there ever was an icy relationship between the two QBs, it has long since thawed. Rodgers was one of the most vocal proponents of having the Packers welcome back Favre into the fold after a bitter divorce.
Favre similarly has gone out of his way to praise his former Packers quarterbacking understudy, insisting at one point that he never felt any animosity toward Rodgers during their time in Green Bay together.
Rodgers said this week that an appearance onstage with Favre at the 2013 NFL Honors Awards helped put any bad blood behind the two.
“It does feel like a long time ago,” he said. “I think it’s been a good proper healing process for everybody. Kind of starting with us on stage at the honors, getting to share some laughs together, and just going from there. It’s the right thing to do and be exciting for him and Packer fans in a couple days, and great to see him into the Hall of Fame next offseason.”