Jeff Pearlman’s long-awaited biography on iconic quarterback Brett Favre, “Gunslinger,” debuted on Tuesday.
In an excerpt released to reporters before the book’s release, Favre’s eventual successor, Aaron Rodgers, called Favre “Grandpa” upon their first meeting following Rodgers’ selection by the Packers in the first round of the 2005 draft.
Rodgers and Favre finally met on June 2, when the Packers came to town for a seven-practice organized team activity camp. Now merely a head coach (and a disgruntled one at that), Sherman allowed Favre to skip the workouts, but that didn’t mean he would not attend. In fact, that morning Favre was alone, sitting in the team cafeteria and reading a newspaper, when Rodgers saw him in person for the first time. The new quarterback approached the old quarterback and uttered what will forever go down as the worst introductory line in the history of professional sports.
“Good morning, grandpa!”
Rodgers surely recognized the mistake as soon as the words emerged from his lips. But there was no taking it back. “Brett couldn’t believe that,” said Craig Nall, the backup quarterback. “It was like, ‘Grandpa? Who the hell are you?’”
Rodgers was asked about that rocky introduction at his locker on Wednesday. And denied that’s how it went down.
“Well, you know what? The small except that I read is highly sensationalized,” Rodgers said. “I’ll just say this: the first time I met Brett was on the practice field, and I could barely get a sentence out of ‘Hello, my name is Aaron.” Did I call him ‘Grandpa’ at any time during the three years together? Probably. But it’s in the same joking way that my man Brett Hundley called me ‘Grandpa’ three weeks ago on the field when we were doing a competitive drill. The story that was out there that I saw is completely 100 percent false, and I would dare anybody to test my memory on that. You guys know how my memory works. The end.”
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