Aaron Rodgers was killing it right out the gate when he began his tenure as starting quarterback for the Packers. He threw for over 4,000 yards while throwing 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in his first starting season, so it was understandable why Green Bay chose him instead of taking back a "retiring" Brett Favre.

There have been tensions between Favre and the organization since 2008, and ending your career with your former team's arch rival (Minnesota Vikings) isn't a good look. Things have recently gotten better between the two, and Favre finally did what he probably should've done years ago: Praise Rodgers for being the great quarterback that he is.

Aaron has played extremely well, probably even better than anyone anticipated, but I knew he was capable of that and that’s why they drafted him. Barring any injury he’ll shatter everything I ever did there except for maybe consecutive games.

If you look at Favre and Rodgers' stats for their first five years, you'll see he may be right.

  • Favre has the franchise's most career touchdowns with 442. At the end of their respective fifth years, Rodgers had 170 to Favre's 147.
  • Favre, the franchise's leader in career passing yards, had 18,724 yards to Rodgers' 21,332.
  • Rodgers also beats Favre in completed passes during that time span; he has 1,717 to Favre's 1,667.
  • Rodgers led the Packers to a championship in his fourth year; Favre did so in his sixth.
  • However, Rodgers is not on pace to beat Favre's NFL record. Favre threw 77 while Rodgers tossed 45.

These facts shouldn't deny Favre from getting his number eventually retired at Lambeau Field, though.

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[via Pro Football Talk]