Aaron Rodgers, on cusp of Inexperienced Bay Packers historical past, heeds phrases of Brett Favre, tries to ‘take pleasure in’ run

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Aaron Rodgers didn’t throw a touchdown pass until his third NFL season, and even then it was only one that year. But here’s the Green Bay Packers quarterback with 442 career touchdown passes, and his next one – perhaps against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday – will break the Brett Favre franchise record.

And Favre sees no reason why Rodgers’s record number won’t go on. Rodgers makes another run on an MVP with 30 touchdowns and only four interceptions to lead the Packers to the best record (11-3) in the NFC with three games to play.

Rodgers and Favre exchanged text messages after Rodgers set the team record in Sunday’s victory at the Baltimore Ravens, and Rodgers shared part of that conversation on Tuesday.

“The only thing he mentioned that I’ve really taken to heart over the past few years is that he just said, ‘Enjoy it because it goes so quickly and the next thing you know is over'” said Rodgers on Tuesday.

Favre said on SiriusXM NFL radio the day before, “He texted me and it was very good. You know, Aaron is going to destroy every record out there if he keeps playing because he’s just better than ever and showing no signs of slowing down. Certainly makes this team so much better. Whether he moves to another team or not, he’ll make everyone he plays with so much better. Just a prolific playmaker, probably the best playmaker we’ve ever seen. “

While Favre had 442 touchdowns with the Packers in 255 games (and 253 starts) in 16 seasons, Rodgers hit that mark in his 210th game (and 203rd as a starter). That it happened in Rodgers’ 17th NFL season was the result of serving as a Favre backup for three seasons. His only touchdown before starting was against Greg Jennings against the Dallas Cowboys in 2007 after Favre was injured.

This wasn’t the first time Rodgers admitted he was better off because of his path. In a thoughtful response on Tuesday, he explained why this turned out to be the best for him.

“Not just being able to learn from behind Brett, but being selected by this organization to revive the ego and competitive spirit and work ethic of ‘OK, this is my first time in a room’ in my life with a man who is better is than me, “said Rodgers.” He throws it better. His mastery of the system is better. Instincts are better. Pocket presence is better. And that was great for me because I really saw exactly what I had to work on in order to become great, because my dreams and my ambition and my drive to be big was.

“If I had gone somewhere that I didn’t have this in the room, I might not have been able to see firsthand where I was and where I want to be.”

The Packers will commemorate the record-breaking landing when it happens at Lambeau Field on Sunday, coach Matt LaFleur said without giving any further details.

As for Rodgers, he said that Favre’s comment reminded him of a line from his favorite series, “The Office,” when one of the characters said, “I wish they’d tell you that you were in the good old days before you did have left. ‘And I’ve often thought about it a lot [and was] reminded by Favre’s comment, but just enjoy these times because these are the good old days and you never know when they will be finished and it will pass so quickly. “

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