Rodgers has little to say about Favre furor

During conference call for American Century golf tournament, the quarterback sticks to company line about the possibility Favre will come out of retirement.

Aaron Rodgers swears he's been "immune" to the furor swirling in Green Bay about a possible comeback by Brett Favre.

Rodgers, speaking via conference call from Lake Tahoe, where he's playing in the American Century celebrity golf tournament that starts Friday, didn't add any fuel to the firestorm that has gripped the NFL.

"As the organization has commented," Rodgers said in response to the first question, "I'm going to keep it pretty much the same. I'm not going to speculate on any of the rumors that are out there."

Asked if he was bothered by all of the Favre talk, Rodgers played it cool.

"I've been up in the mountains hanging out with my family, so I've been pretty immune to any media reports out there. So, that's basically what I'm doing. I'm up here in Tahoe playing the American Century Championship, and that's kind of my focus the next four or five days."

Rodgers said he has been, as usual, in "constant" contact with coach Mike McCarthy and quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, but he hasn't talked with Favre "about his future plans."

Also taking part in the conference call was quarterback Trent Dilfer, who took the occasion to announce his intention to retire. Rodgers and Dilfer are good friends, and Dilfer praised Rodgers for his preparation, patience and poise during his first three seasons in Green Bay.

"He's incredibly mentally tough," Dilfer said. "His relationship with Brett has grown very strong over the years ... and he appreciated watching Brett do his thing. But at the same time, Aaron has been very energized by Brett's retirement. He was excited to kind of take the reins.

"I think (the Favre rumors) would be frustrating, because obviously, Brett holds all the cards. But like anything, he would deal with it. If Brett were to come back and play and start, you're always one snap (from playing). I know we're talking about the most durable quarterback in the history of the NFL, but things change very rapidly."

Things certainly changed rapidly for Rodgers, who went from the unquestioned starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers to a man whose career is very much in limbo. That isn't detracting from his excitement for the season, though.

"We've got a great, young team coming back, a lot of talent at a lot of different positions, and it's been a great offseason," said Rodgers, who has been working out in California with Packers receivers James Jones and Brett Swain, among other NFL players. "We've had nearly 100 percent attendance for most of the offseason, and a lot of guys (are) working hard and a lot of guys (are) excited about the direction we're going. So, it's exciting being a part of that."

Bill Huber writes for Packer Report. E-mail him at

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