Brett Favre once beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, taking away New England's chance for the Lombardi Trophy for the first time. Now apparently he helped convince the best thing to ever happen to the Patriots to leave. The Hall of Fame quarterback says that he encouraged Brady to switch teams this offseason.
“I spoke to Tom briefly at the Super Bowl,” Brett Favre said Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, via NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk. “They did the Top 100 and we had a chance to visit a little bit. I didn’t say, ‘What are you gonna do?’ I just said, ‘Hey, if you’re thinking about going elsewhere,’ I said, ‘Go for it.’ And he asked me, if I had it to do over again would I do it the same way. And I would.”
The Brady situation was a little different than Favre's situation. The Green Bay Packers had Aaron Rodgers in the wings, and they were ready to move on from the Wrangler wearing veteran. Favre ended up playing for two different teams after leaving the Packers - The New York Jets and the Packer divisional rivals the Minnesota Vikings.
The Patriots had no successor behind Brady. TB12 had ensure that Bill Belichick traded away New England's future two years ago to the San Francisco 49ers.
Favre did acknowledge he recognized that the two situations were different:
“It wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped in New York but I’m glad I had that opportunity,” Favre added. “His situation obviously is different than mine. There’s no reason to think they didn’t want him back in New England, it would be dumb not to, and I know they wanted him back. But I think he just wanted to try his hand at something else and, knowing he can still play, just see if he can do the magic that he’s done with New England with another team. I certainly think he can. And I do think it is a good fit for him. I think they have a very good team and they are much better now. And adding [Rob] Gronkowski only makes them even better.”
I'm not sure if Favre has any plans to visit Massachusetts anytime soon, but I feel pretty safe in saying that he's probably not welcome. Publicly admitting that you encouraged Tommy to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is not going to sit well with the New England faithful.