Green Bay’s Greg Jennings was on the receiving end of one of Brett Favre’s most memorable passes. It was Jennings who hauled in a 16-yard pass from Favre two years ago at the Metrodome, giving the quarterback 421 TD tosses. That moved Favre past Dan Marino for the all-time record in that category.
Now, Jennings is faced with the prospect of seeing Favre on the opposite sideline twice this season as a member of the Vikings. But Jennings doesn’t seem all that concerned about the possibility.
“I don’t care,” he said Wednesday after working out with a group of NFL players at the Bierman complex on the University of Minnesota campus. “I’m like, ‘Let him go.’ To each his own. We’re focused on what we’re doing in Green Bay and if he shows up in that purple jersey then he’s the enemy now.”
Packers players have chosen their words carefully in discussing their former teammate this offseason. But it’s clear that they are glad they won’t have to deal with the Favre distraction again this summer. The Favre saga dragged on in Green Bay during training camp last year after he decided that he wanted to return from retirement the first time. Eventually, the Packers traded Favre to the New York Jets. Green Bay finished 6-10 in Aaron Rodgers’ first season as the starter.
“It’s the beauty of the game,” Jennings said of the fact the Favre distraction won’t bother his team. “Last year we had a lot of ‘What ifs?’ That “if” was kind of floating around above everybody’s head. But this year there is no doubt about who’s the guy. We’re coming in solid, everybody knows what to expect from everyone else and there’s no excuse. I’ve said that all of minicamps, the OTAs and everything. There is no excuse this year. We know what we have as a team. We can’t keep using the fact that we’re a young ballclub. We’re going to always be a young ballclub until we grow up someday and so we’re growing up. It’s all on us.”