GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers is looking forward to watching Brett Favre’s induction ceremony into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
The guy who replaced Favre, extending a seamless line of stellar quarterback play with the Green Bay Packers, will be making his first visit to the museum. The enshrinement ceremony is Saturday, and the Packers play the Indianapolis Colts in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene, who was an assistant coach in Green Bay, is also among an eight-member class being honored. Greene will be introduced by current Packers defensive coordinator and former Steelers assistant Dom Capers.
But Favre’s induction especially means a lot to Packers fans. He was voted in on the first ballot.
“There’s a lot to be said about that and his career and the way he played, and it’ll be fun to hear the remarks,” Rodgers said before practice Monday night.
They may not have been quite as chummy in 2008, when Rodgers took over as the starter following the messy split between the Packers and Favre who, at the time, had a hard time deciding whether or not he was going to retire.
Relationships have been mended. The Packers retired Favre’s No. 4 jersey last year in an emotional homecoming.
“It’s going to be really special to be a part of,” Rodgers said about watching Greene and Favre getting inducted on Saturday.
The Packers are staying in Cleveland and must organize travel to Canton for the ceremony.
It’s also a game week, so the schedule is modeled after how the Packers operate during the regular season for a road game. Normally, the team would just be practicing and staying put at its hotel the day before a road game.
Rodgers didn’t know yet coach Mike McCarthy’s plan for playing time for preseason games, including Sunday.
“My workload, it’s hard to say workload with the amount of plays I’ve played the last few years in preseason,” Rodgers said. “But whatever he wants us to do we’ll do, whether that’s a series or a quarter or more than that, we’ll be ready to play.”
NOTES: NFL officials met with the Packers to talk about rules changes and point of emphasis. Rodgers jokingly lobbied for leeway on one rule. “I was joking with them, ‘Just let them go. Let them try to tackle me and give us a chance to get a free play,'” said Rodgers, an expert at drawing defensive linemen offside for penalties. Kidding aside, Rodgers said he understands the point of view from the referee. “But they’re going to do the right thing, and it was a good explanation of the amount of steps that make it unabated compared to when a guy is trying to get back, and we can draw them offside,” Rodgers said. “So we’re going to keep playing the way we play and try to draw them offside, and if we do, make something happen.” … OL T.J. Lang (shoulder) practiced after starting camp on the physically unable to perform list.
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