A rare follow-up to 'Caption this'
November, 24, 2010
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Hannah FoslienMinnesota quarterback Brett Favre has been bested twice this season by Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.In the long and winding history of "Caption this," I don't know if we've ever had a player step forward and explain the story behind the photograph. But that's exactly what Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did while speaking to Wisconsin reporters Wednesday.
As those of you who participated in our fun little game Monday already know, Rodgers had an especially interesting expression on his face after a postgame embrace with Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.
According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Rodgers said he was laughing at a comment that Favre made about Packers offensive line coach James Campen.
"...Brett and I embraced and then he made a funny comment about James Campen as we were separating," Rodgers said. "And I looked back and smirked about his comment about James Campen and they froze it. You can put any tag you want underneath that picture [laughing]. I can tell you exactly what happened. People are still going to read into that."
Rodgers added: "He made a funny comment about James Campen, who was, I guess, walking back. I looked back to see if James was back there and I had a smirk on my face. I wasn't smirking at anyone. Maybe James Campen."
We all had our fun Monday, but I think it's only fair to point out that neither Rodgers nor Favre ever took a shot at one another during what amounted to three years of drama. Rodgers said he is especially proud of the way he handled himself.
"I am," he said. "Yeah, I am. I think that was often a lot more difficult than the actual playing, was to practice proper leadership daily. That's something you have on some level. You can also work on that as a skill. That's something I knew was going to be very important to how I was viewed as a person, leader and player. I'm proud of the fact that we're on the other side of this. It's something no one is really talking about as much going forward and I'm proud of the way it played out and was true to my character."