Aaron Rodgers is building his own legacy: Helping Green Bay Packers fans appreciate past and future

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Brett Favre led the Packers to a Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Favre kept on going

Brett Favre was a great franchise quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, no one can deny that.

His presence was inspired from 1992 until his second (third? fourth?) retirement in 2008. Favre will forever be a legend in Green Bay and throughout the league. He will most definitely be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer and “the ol’ gunslinger” to many adoring fans and analysts, alike.

Unfortunately for Favre, his legend would’t end there.

Brett Favre. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

It would also include a retirement reversal that ended in a nasty feud with the organization that made him great.

It would include a very public and awkward situation between veteran Favre and new guy Rodgers – as Favre was incensed when the Packers drafted Rodgers at the end of the 1st round in 2005, and made little effort to extend his mentoring or tutelage to his successor.

It would [also] include a changing of the guard and a deeply-felt betrayal when Favre took his services to a division opponent, to “stick it to” the Packers for taking a step forward with Rodgers.

And most unfortunately for Favre, his legacy will always and forever be compared to that of Aaron Rodgers – arguably the greatest QB to ever play the game, in the prime of his career.

It began with Rodgers trying to uncover from Favre’s enormous shadow in Green Bay and the league.

Over the past six years, it has evolved into Rodgers eclipsing and now overshadowing Favre. What a turnaround that no one saw coming; especially those fans that thought it necessary to heckle a young Rodgers and make an already awkward transition that much worse.

Nary a Favre jersey in sight, anymore.

After 100 starts, see where the two compare … turn the page …