Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers: Future Joe Montana, Steve Young?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2010

1991, a year before I was born, marked one of the greatest transitions in football. For those that were alive to see it, would remember it as a sore point among not only San Francisco 49er fans, but NFL fans nationwide.

Steve Young was just the backup guy, the one that no one thought about. After spending years on the bench behind the 'The Great One', Young finally got his start in 1991 after Montana went down injured and was forced to miss the entire season.

That was pretty much the start of it. Montana got hurt, Young stepped in and started off shaky, and then ended up as the main man in San Francisco for years to come—eventually winning a Super Bowl.

Story sound familiar? I bet it does. 

Two years ago when you thought of Brett Favre you automatically thought, Green Bay and the number 4. Think about him now and you think, Minnesota, and still among other things, the number 4.

Just like Steve Young, Aaron Rodgers spent a few years of his career on the bench behind Favre. Watching and learning, game in and game, out has no doubt helped Rodgers learn the game that he plays so well today.

Like Steve Young, Rodgers was of course questioned in every interview on "How are you going to follow the legend?". Some fans felt Rodgers was good, others expected him to fail and see the Packers fall from grace, all the way down to an under performing team.

That scenario never happened though. Rodgers stepped up to the plate and delivered.  Sure Green Bay finished 6-10 last season, but look at him now, guiding the Packers to what could be a possible NFC Championship, Rodgers has already established himself as one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL today.

With all this said though, how do Favre and Rodgers compare to Montana and Young?  Well realistically, they don't. Montana and Young have a combined seven Super Bowls between them, while Favre and Rodgers only have one.

Career wise it is arguable either way. The majority of fans will argue that Montana was by far a greater football player than Favre. Meanwhile Rodgers has only made a dent into his career, which promises to be full of milestones, and hopefully Lombardi Trophies also.

Comparing the two pairs is fair.  Following a legend is one of the toughest things to do in any professional sport, and both Young and Rodgers did it exceptionally well. 

Both of these stories are so similar it is uncanny. The only problem is that the Favre-Rodgers story is not complete just yet. In my opinion Rodgers is going to floruish in the NFL, and cap his career off just like Young did. Or maybe even better.

A Super Bowl is still a maybe for the Packers just yet, but if anything gives Packer fans hope, it's that Young won his first Super Bowl within three seasons of being with the 49ers.

Is that a thing for Packer fans to count on? Who knows. If Rodgers continues how he is though, Favre and Rodgers may just yet outshine Montana and Young's partnership by a long shot.