Aaron Rodgers' formula for success has been simple: throw touchdown passes, avoid interceptions, spread credit among his teammates, ignore Brett Favre.
Rodgers wouldn't bite when asked about the arguably adolescent comments Favre made on an Atlanta radio station, in which the former quarterback intimated that Rodgers, the league's leading passer this season, was fortunate to have been Favre's understudy and that Rodgers "fell into a good situation" with the talent around him in winning last season's Super Bowl.
Favre's petty comments had the tone of a player who wasn't exactly enjoying retirement, particularly when the person who replaced him with the Packers took the team to a Super Bowl championship. Rodgers now has as many rings as Favre.
Favre did say that Rodgers was a "very good" quarterback, much in the way a high school teacher might say a middling sophomore who had just gotten a "B" on a midterm was a very good student.
Prodded by reporters to respond to the comments Wednesday, Rodgers simply deflected questions as if they were inconsequential pass rushers. "I'm really proud of our guys," he said. "I'm proud of the fact we achieved the ultimate goal as a team."
Rodgers, it should be noted, has guided the Packers this year to a 4-0 record, one of only two undefeated teams in the NFL, and has thrown for 12 touchdowns with only two interceptions. His quarterback rating leads the league at 124.6. Favre's top rating in his 16 seasons with the Packers was 99.5.
-- Mike James
Photo: Aaron Rodgers. Credit: Rick Addicks / Associated Press