Rodgers salutes Favre after breaking record of Packers legend

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  • Brett Favre
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Aaron Rodgers said he was grateful for being able to learn from Brett Favre after surpassing the Green Bay Packers legend for passing touchdowns in the Christmas Day win against the Cleveland Browns.

Rodgers reached 445 career touchdown passes by the end of the 24-22 victory, beating Favre's haul of 442 for Green Bay.

After the milestone was passed with an 11-yard-throw to Allen Lazard in the first quarter, a video message from Favre was played at Lambeau Field to a cheering home crowd.

"Hey 12, congratulations, man, on passing my touchdown record. I have one request: Go get us another Super Bowl. Congrats," Favre said in a pre-recorded message played on the jumbotron.

After sealing the win that takes the Packers to 12-3, sitting comfortably atop the NFC, Rodgers paid tribute to Favre's influence on his career, telling FOX Sports: "I'm very fortunate to have played with the guys I've played with, to be coached by the men I was coached by over the years. So much respect and gratitude for this game.

"Appreciate Brett with the shout-out. I got to sit behind a legend for three years, and see what greatness looked like first-hand. That's an experience that changed my life forever."

The 38-year-old expanded on how he felt after breaking the record in a post-game media conference, saying to reporters "After 443 went up on the scoreboard and the video played... the emotions just kind of hit me, and gratitude for such a long career and to be part of history like that for this franchise is something that I'm really proud of."

Rodgers sits in fifth place in all-time touchdown passes in NFL history, and third in passing touchdowns thrown with one team, behind only Tom Brady (New England Patriots) and Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints).

It was not the only record of the night as Rodgers combined for two touchdowns with Davante Adams, taking their partnership total to 67 TDs to overtake Rodgers' own partnership with Jordy Nelson, and the Green Bay quarterback claimed that the Packers number 17 was the best he has ever played with.

"He's such a fantastic player. I've played with some great ones over the years. Obviously Brett Favre, incredible player, all-time great, Charles Woodson the same, the way he could dominate on the field from a defensive back position was incredible.

"Jordy Nelson, him and I always had such a great connection, but when you start stacking up the numbers for Davante, it's mind-blowing.

"I really feel like he's the best player I've played with."

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