There's no doubting that the Packers' brass made the right call, and Aaron Rodgers' results over the last three seasons prove that. But sometimes the truth hurts more when it comes from a respected former teammate, and one of Favre's old pals struck him with a combination of verbal uppercuts during Tuesday's Super Bowl media day.
"[The Packers] made the right decision," Driver said at his news conference at Cowboys Stadium. "I think you get to a point in your career where things have to be changed. Sometimes, people have to move on. I didn't think it was going to happen, but things are meant to happen. Look where we're at now. That was the benefit. The benefit is that we're in the Super Bowl. We're in the Super Bowl once again."
Driver was Favre's teammate for nine seasons with the Packers before they cut bait prior to the 2008 season. Favre was good for much of his first season with the Jets before faltering late, and he was excellent during his initial season with the Vikings in 2009 before an interception cost them the NFC Championship. Favre's 2010 season might have been the worst of his career, as it was riddled with poor play, injuries and a sex scandal that stemmed from incidents with New York.
The 27-year-old Rodgers, on the other hand, has emerged as one of the best quarterbacks, and he would have become the seventh player in history to record three consecutive 4,000-yard seasons if it weren't for a concussion that derailed him late in the year.
In three regular seasons since 2008, Rodgers has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 12,394 yards, 86 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. He has a 30-21 record, including a 3-1 postseason mark.
Over the same span, Favre completed 65.4 percent of his passes for 10,183 yards, 66 touchdowns and 48 interceptions. He had a 27-20 record, including a 1-1 playoff mark, and he filed his retirement papers this offseason.
Bottom line, Rodgers has gotten the Packers to the Super Bowl, and without that, Driver wouldn't have had the medium to discuss Favre on Tuesday.
"They made the right decision," Driver said. "I played with two great quarterbacks, and one got me to the Super Bowl."
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