GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — If B.J. Coleman winds up becoming a viable quarterback prospect in Green Bay, the Packers just might owe some thanks to the ex-player who helped the small-school product prepare for life in the NFL.
You guessed it: Brett Favre.
The Packers took Coleman with one of two seventh-round compensatory picks toward the end of the NFL draft on Saturday. Coleman, who played three seasons at Tennessee-Chattanooga after transferring from Tennessee, is expected to compete for a spot as the No. 3 quarterback in Green Bay.
In preparation for the draft, Coleman said he spent part of January and February working out with Favre in Hattiesburg, Miss. Coleman and Favre share an agent, Bus Cook.
In a teleconference with reporters who cover the Packers, Coleman called Favre a "awesome legend" — seeming blissfully unaware of Favre's bitter falling out with the Packers' front office in the summer of 2008, which led to one of the most tumultuous periods of the team's history.
Coleman said he learned a lot from Favre, from deciphering coverages to footwork.
"It's just endless," Coleman said. "He's one of the best. He'll go down as one of the greatest. To have the opportunity to speak with him and work with him was excellent."