Whether you’ve thought about it or not, Super Bowl XLV is the official national culmination of talk about whether Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is doing good enough of a job at replacing Brett Favre. He might be the best player in the NFL, while Favre’s demolished body limped into retirement, so I don’t really know what we’re discussing or what Favre has to do with this Super Bowl, but it’s out there.
Deion Sanders kicked off Media Day by asking Rodgers about Favre, and on Wednesday Packers president Mark Murphy was quoted expressing relief about Rodgers being so good so quickly.
Murphy also credits the decision to go with Rodgers over Favre as being a crucible that helped make something of a young front office.
I’m proud looking back of how the organization handled it. Also as I look back one of the benefits was early on in my tenure it forced Ted, myself and Mike to really come together on an issue. And I think it’s been really positive in terms of the relationship and how we all worked together.
But while Rodgers can escape Favre’s weirdly lengthy shadow, the Packers will never be free of the Gunslinger. The team has also announced it wants to carve out a role for Favre in the organization at some point.