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Favre Does Rare Live Radio Interview

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

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 July 2009 )
Favre on HBO with Joe Buck
Brett Favre will appear with Fox sportscaster Joe Buck live tonight on HBO, 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central. Buck says he booked Favre in April to be his first guest on the première of his new HBO sports talk show "Joe Buck Live". It will be a live interview with Favre in-studio in New York.
 
It's good timing. We'll hear from Favre if he has in fact recently undergone arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder to relieve pain from a torn tendon. And we'll be able to gauge his interest in playing this season for the Vikings, which at this point hinges on how the arm feels, and how much the Vikings will pay him. Wouldn't it be great if Favre got the entire hour and just unloaded?
 
I think Brett Favre had a growing sense of frustration with the Green Bay Packers organization that dates back to 1999. How is that possible? Forget about how much money they paid him. Forget about how he was coddled somewhat during the Mike Sherman years. Forget that he worked for a class organization, surrounded by quality people in the front office, and run by a gifted leader like Bob Harlan. I think Brett Favre feels the organization did not do everything in its power to get him back to a Super Bowl so he could retire. In 1999, after having fallen short the previous season to the 49ers in the post-season by a TD pass from Steve Young to Terrell Owens, Mike Holmgren's run in Green Bay came to a close.
 
Here's is what I think Brett Favre really feels about his last decade in Green Bay. Favre speaking: "So in '99, now it's 'Can Favre still win without Holmgren?' And who do we hire? Ray Rhodes. Good guy, but he wasn't ready to be a head coach. The Eagles got Andy Reid. Why didn't we lock – up Andy and promise to give him a job after Mike left? Look at the Rams. Kurt Warner got Dick Vermeil. Vermeil got Kurt a big 'ol offensive line, a hall of fame running back and two quality receivers, and they won a Super Bowl. What did I get in '99? Ray Rhodes. After Dorsey Levens went down, do you know who I had at running back that year? Bazil Mitchell and...oh, what the hell is his name....De'Mond? Yeh, that's it. De'Mond Parker! Receivers? Shucks, Derrick Mayes? Billy Schroeder?
 
I was 29 then, in the peak of my career, my thumb all busted up. And we've got Mike Wahle lined up at tackle getting killed! The Patriots? They hired Bill Belichick. He goes with Bledsoe, then Tom Brady, and puts veterans around him, and guess what? They go to 4 Super Bowls! Not with a bunch 'a rookies! Veterans who know this game, and know what it takes to win.
 
So Ron Wolf bails out, after he hired Mike Sherman. Good guy. Smart guy. But never coached. So it takes him while to sort things out, but we're winning, we just can't close the deal. Our defense turns awful at times, and I'm expected to bail us out week after week.  We went through, what three or four defensive coordinators? Later we all figured out Mike's (Sherman) not a GM. He picked a punter one year in the 3rd round on draft day. I couldn't believe that. Almost feel out of my chair. Meanwhile the Vikings had gotten Randy Moss for Dante Culpepper. The Bears build a tough defense around Urlacher. Got a good coach in Lovie Smith.
 
And I'm sitting there, at (age) 36, and we hire Ted Thompson. And here we go again, re-inventing the team all over again. Ted goes and cuts half of the veterans, my teammates. He lets guys go that don't even make sense to me, like our kicker, Ryan Longwell. I try to back up him (Ted) up with the Javon Walker thing, and I end up taking all the heat. But does he do anything to help me? No. Randy Moss was right there, and they blew it. They totally blew it. Ted's very first pick in Green Bay is a quarterback. Aaron Rodgers. Halfway through that season, I'm handing off to Samkon Gado. We've got no running backs, no body can play guard. I've got Donald (Driver) and Bubba (Franks) to throw to, and that's about it. And we go 4 & 12, and once again, it's my fault, because I threw 29 picks.
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 told Bob Harlan was going to be stepping down. And then four days before he's supposed to take over they fire J.J. (John Jones). Ok, fine. I love Bob anyway. Never understood why he had to go if he didn't want to. So they hired Mark Murphy. Fine. Whatever. It's just I don't understand why it was so difficult for them, the Packers, to say "hey, we're going to do everything we can to get the best coach, the best players around Brett, whatever it takes, so he can win it all one more time."  I mean get a coach who had coached before like Mooch (Steve Mariucci) or (Bill) Parcels. Tony Dungy. You know, somebody that has done this before. You know, I watched some of the Super Bowl (43). Not to take anything way from Donald, or Greg Jennings, but gosh, watching Kurt Warner with a guy like Larry Fitzgerald. Can you imagine if they'd got a guy like that for me? Heavens.
 
We didn't even have a  running back going into camp my last year there in Green Bay. We had no clue. We let Ahman Green go. Fine. Did we get anybody first to replace him? No. Vernand Morency?  Ah, what the heck was his name...the kid from Northwestern...nice kid...the one that got robbed....ah...shoot....Noah. Yeh, Noah Herron. That's what we had at running back in training camp. And the kid the picked in the draft, Brandon Jackson. So we get Ryan Grant after he get's cut by the Giants in September.
 
We go 13 & 3 in the regular season, and believe me, nobody was more surprised about that than me. And I'm standing there in January on the sidelines at the NFC Championship. We're in Green Bay. It's 4 below. We all thought for sure we'd be in Dallas facing the Cowboys. The ground is frozen, my hands are killing me. And there's 'ol Eli (Manning) handing off the ball to big 'ol Brandon Jacobs, who about killed Charles Woodson on like the first play of the game. And I'm looking down the sideline, and we've got their (the Giants) #4 running back, who we didn't get into a game until half-way through the season. They've got a veteran offensive line, including Grey Ruegammer, a guy we cut. I've got kids, 'cept for Chad Clifton, who has bad knees, and Mark Tauscher.
 
Look, I know I've got to share some of the blame. Throwing 6 picks in the playoffs against the Rams in St. Louis. The pick in overtime against the Eagles, but we wouldn't have to had worry about it thanks to "4th & 26". And that ball I threw to Donald that got picked off against the Giants.But how many times did I save that team? How many games did we win because I was able to pull a rabbit out of the hat?
 
And I mean, really, what did I have to work with after Mike Holmgren left? I was there, ready to go for 17 years. In shape, practiced, didn't miss a game, didn't cause trouble. Didn't do anything to shed a bad light on the organization. For the most part, I think I kept my mouth shut. I went through three head coaches that had never been a head coach before. I went through dozens of teammates.  Then I get a GM who only drafts kids, hardly ever went after a real free agent except Charles Woodson.
 
So, in the end, I'd had enough. Decided I'd tried everything I could to help the Packers win one again, but things were just never going to change there. And I thought, you know, maybe, if I felt like it, and wanted to play again, I could hook up with somebody who acted more like the were serious about making a run at a Super Bowl, and all they needed was a quarterback. You know, I know the Cowboys haven't won one in awhile, but God bless Jerry Jones. Every year, that guy does what ever it takes, pulls out all the stops to put together an all-star line-up. I just wish I could've gotten a little bit more of that in Green Bay. Then, who knows?"
 
End of precidicted Favre mind probe. That's what I think has really been on the mind of Brett Favre. I dismiss his crazy passing decisions that lead to interceptions. His annual off-season antics of slipping bits and pieces of information to ESPN does not matter. His ability to create a never-ending drama with family, friends, NFL teams? Don't care. Cleary, none of that matters to Favre anymore.
 
I sat in Favre press conferences for 17 years. I Remember talking to him as a kid in the locker room, and in the spotlight at the Super Bowl last year in Phoenix as he picked up an Award. The story is: what is Favre's motivation at this point? It is more than just a jock who can't shut it off.  He's a disgruntled employee who cares about winning. After 17 years Favre thinks he knows as much or more about how to run a football team than his immediate supervisors. I think this is what Favre said during his six hour meeting with Mike McCarthy last summer in McCarthy's office, with the national meeting waiting outside. McCarthy emerged saying "Put it this way, Brett's not in the right frame of mind to return to the Green Bay Packers."
 
Now we have to see how much Favre is willing to reveal tonight on HBO, or what ever new twists and turns he'll toss out in this saga, as he continues to wrestle with how and when to finish his playing career.

-- Mike Clemens
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 June 2009 )
Favre Retires From Jets

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Favre was sacked on his final play.
We were tempted to use the headline “Favre Retires, Again.”

Listen to the Tele-Conference.
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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.

The streak.

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

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2009 )
Favre Fails To Return Rodgers Call

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Aaron Rodgers in Tampa

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.

Click Here: Rodgers Interview on 103.3FM-ESPN 

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 

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 January 2009 )
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