“#Packers Jordy Nelson’s new contract was announced during practice. Head coach Mike McCarthy said “I was just made aware of it on the field, and glad to see that Jordy will be here for some time. Jordy is so consistent, the ultimate pro. Normally, in those types of situations, (a signing announcement) is done before practice. I think Ted told me probably in the middle of practice.”
Should receiver Randall Cobb now get a deal? McCarthy said ” If I was in charge of the player checkbook we’d be over budget a long time ago. Randall is one of our core players, and you want to see him get paid and grow with him.””
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“Aaron Rodgers challenged his teammates to be ready when training camp begins. Mike McCarthy felt the coaching staff simplifying the playbook in January was paying off. Rookies Richard Rodgers at TE, Jeff Janis at WR, and the return of speedy RB DuJuan Harris were particularly impressive. After a fun day at a team bowling outing, RB Jonathan Franklin (neck) was informed his NFL career was over. Never a dull moment at 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay, Wisconsin.”
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Brett Favre had decided to not return to the NFL for a 19th season. Tuesday morning his daugther Breleigh, 10, came to him crying, and according to Favre, told her famous father "Daddy, I really was hoping we could go to the Super Bowl one more time."
One day after telling Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress that he would not report to training camp, Brett Favre did a rare live radio interview Wednesday.
Favre, 39, appeared on the Rick & Bubba Show XM radio. The NFL quarterback discussed his decision to not play for the Vikings, despite having off season surgery on his throwing shoulder, and working out with high school and college players near his home in Hattisberg, Mississippi.
Who are Rick & Bubba? A couple of good 'ol boys from WZZK radio, Birmingham, Alabama, that are described as "family friendly". Favre's wife Deanna has recently been on guest on the show, and encouraged her husband to air out his story on their show, also carried on XM Satellite radio. Rick and his wife Sherri lost their youngest son Bronner (age 2½) after drowning in the family swimming pool. Rick's eulogy for his dead son became a popular item on www.youtube.com.
To the best of my knowledge, the only live radio Favre has done in the last 3 or 4 years was with Chris Havel on The Fan 107.5-FM in Green Bay, to promote his annual celebrity softball game. Deanna Favre has recently been a guest on Rick & Bubba. According to Deanna, Favre needed to explain his decision to skip a return to football with Minnesota.
Brett Favre with Rick & Bubba, XM Radio Channel Part1
Brett Favre with Rick & Bubba, XM Radio Channel Part2
So we fire Mike (Sherman), and hire Mike McCarthy, and I have to re-learn an offense, there is a whole new coaching staff, and a bunch of young fellas in the huddle. Keep in mind, my family has lost most of their homes after Katrina. Deanna's going through Chemo for breast cacner. Her brother gets killed riding his ATV. My kids are getting teased at school because we're losing. 15 years of winning, but it's my fault. It's just….(deep sigh)… ya know?
We were tempted to use the headline “Favre Retires, Again.”
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But if Brett Favre has truly played his last game in the NFL, then this is not a time for cynicism.
Despite Favre’s folly last year, retiring from the Packers, then changing his mind, you can not deny the most important aspect of his 18 – year career.
291 consecutive starts. 291 times he answered the bell in a brutal sport. How Favre managed to play so well for so long will forever be an amazing feat.
He leaves with a record 169 wins. And a landmark 100 defeats.
The most career touchdown passes. The most career interceptions.
Favre came back to lead the Jets from 4 & 12 to 8 & 3 in November, atop their division, with a legit shot at the post-season. He threw a career record 6 TD’s in a single game, in a blowout win over the Cardinals, who went on to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. His number "4" Jets jersey was the number 1 selling NFL collectable.
December found Favre and the Jets losing 4 of their last 5 games. Favre threw only 2 TD’s, and 9 picks down that stretch.
With their playoff hopes hanging by a thread, the Jets lost to the Dolphins in the final game of the regular season to Chad Pennington, the quarterback New York cut to make room for Favre.
Now the question is…when does the healing between Favre and the Packers begin?
There are a lot of scars.
Favre left the Packers believing the organization, despite building a solid core of young players that took him to 13-3 and the NFC Championship, had failed in getting him the veteran free agents needed to win another Super Bowl. Favre was “not in the right frame of mind” to continue in Green Bay, according to Mike McCarthy after 6 hours of face-to-face meetings on the eve of the 2008 training camp. He questioned GM Ted Thompson's roster decisions.
We reported here first that Favre was in contact with the Vikings to see if Minnesota had any interest in his services. The Packers filed a tampering charge against their NFC North foes, that was later dismissed by the league. I believe he Vikings at fault. It was Favre who initiated those calls.
Favre questioned Thompson's roster moves openly in his interview with media ally Greta Van Susteren. A phone call from former Lions GM Matt Millen, who claimed he was offering Favre to go hunting in New Jersey, turned into a briefing session about the Packers tendencies with Detroit’s coaching staff.
And as recently as the Super Bowl, Aaron Rodgers revealed that Favre has failed to return any of his phone calls since the team lost to the Giants in the NFC Championship.
I don’t think Favre is truly retired from playing in the NFL until all 32 teams have decided they don’t want him. Today's decision means Favre doesn’t want to return to the Jets. The slump at the end of the season cost the head coach, Eric Mangini his job, and Favre would rather pass on adapting to yet another new coaching staff in New York.
Favre suffered a shoulder injury that nagged him at the end of the season. He took a lot of shots. He may be looking at a job on Sunday's talking about the NFC on television. Perhaps Fox TV. Maybe ESPN, who he has been in contact with during the offseason.
But what if a team that plays in a dome calls him?
Now that’s something different.
- Mike Clemens
Aaron Rodgers says he is troubled that Brett Favre has failed to return his calls for over a year.
"At some point I wish he would just reach out to me,” said Rodgers during a 10 – minute interview on the Michael Irvin Show, on Radio Row in the Super Bowl XLIII Media Center in Tampa Bay, Thursday. The interview aired live on 103.3 FM ESPN, Dallas.
Following Favre’s tearful farewell press conference March 6th last year, he dropped hints on “Late Show with David Letterman” in April that “something was bound to happened” after he had yet to file his retirement papers with the NFL.
By the start of training camp in late July, Favre found himself in the middle of a messy, public divorce.
While the team went through their offseason condition program, drafted two quarterbacks, held two mini camps, and a dozen OTA sessions, Favre continued to re-think his decision regarding his retirement.
Rodgers was asked by Irvin “Does that have an effect on a team?”
It does,” replied Rodgers. “How can it not have an effect?”
Rodgers talked about how uncomfortable it was when Favre returned to the Lambeau Field offices Sunday, August 2nd, a week into training camp, to meet with Packers GM Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
“When he flew into Green Bay the day of the Family Night Scrimmage,” said Rodgers,” I mean that was….talk about an awkward locker room. I’ve been “the guy” since March. And then everybody is like ‘what’s going to happen?’ Brett’s going to come back? Or, Aaron’s is going to the guy? Are they going to compete for the job? Nobody knows what’s going on.”
“Of course that’s going to effect your team,” said Rodgers.
Irvin and his co-host Kevin Kiley asked Rodgers how he perceived his working relationship was with Favre during their three years together with the Packers.
“I was under the impression that it was good,” he told Irwin. “We got along very well, especially the third year. The last year, in ’07, we had no other quarterbacks on the roster. It was just me and him. We saw each other every day. Joked around with each other every day. He knew how I felt about him. I had the utmost amount of respect for him. And to not to have talked to him in over a year? That’s disappointing.”
The Packers were eliminated in overtime in the NFC Championship by the New York Giants, who went on to upset the Patriots to win Super Bowl XLII.
“When we lost to the Giants, we left as friends,” Rodgers said. “And I haven’t talked to him in over a year, and that’s where it is at.”
Irvin asked Rodgers why didn’t he call Favre in the past year.
“I did” Rodgers replied.
“You called him, and he didn’t call you back?” asked Irvin.
Rodgers nodded yes.
Kiley asked was Favre distant from the rest of the locker room in his final years with the Packers, even as they made their run at the NFC Championship?
“To be honest, I don’t want to talk about any of that,” replied Rodgers.
Rodgers said that after Favre was traded to the Jets, his teammates rallied around him. How many of the players actually came up to him personally, one-on-one, to offer their support?
“Honestly? Just about all of them," said Rodgers, "which I can’t tell you how special that was. Just about all of them. They came up to me at some point during training camp, or text messaged me or called me outside the stadium.”
The Packers finished 6 & 10, as Rodgers threw for over 4,000 yards passing, with 28 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.
- Mike Clemens
The father of Packers wide receiver Donald Driver says he was beaten by Houston police following after being pulled over for a traffic violation. Marvin Driver Jr. says officers took him behind a gasoline station around 2am, and where he suffered a severe beating.
Unfortunately, you know as well as I do that this story would probably not have received media attention had it not been for the fact that Marvin Driver is the father of an NFL football star.
If the report is accurate, the Houston Police Department has a serious problem on their hands.
In 2007, Greg Jennings believed he was the victim of racial profiling when he was pulled over late at night in his home town of Kalamazoo, Michigan, simply because he was a young black man in an expensive SUV.
Jennings said he knew something was different when he overheard the police dispatcher say over the radio "It's Greg Jennings, the football star," and was immediately let go by the arresting officer. Jennings filed a complaint with the department, but took no further action. The chief issued a brief apology.
Sometimes is takes a famous person to experience an act of discrimination or a hate crime to remind us that bigotry and prejudice still thrive in America.
- Mike Clemens