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Zero2Cool  
#1 Posted : Monday, September 24, 2012 11:56:15 AM(UTC)


Jason Wilde said:
GREEN BAY – Twenty years and one day after he forever changed the Green Bay Packers’ quarterbacking fortunes in dramatic fashion, could Brett Favre be inching closer to a reconciliation with the team he came to embody?

Speaking on Monday Night Football play-by-play man Mike Tirico’s podcast on ESPN.com, the ex-Packers – and ex-New York Jets and ex-Minnesota Vikings – quarterback sounded a bit more open to mending fences with the organization than he did several weeks ago during an NFL Network interview with Deion Sanders taped over the summer.

When Tirico opened the podcast Friday morning by asking Favre if he knew what 20th anniversary Thursday had been, Favre admitted that he wouldn’t have known it had been that long since he went in against the Cincinnati Bengals and rallied the Packers to a 24-23 victory after Don Majkowski suffered an ankle injury on Sept. 20, 1992.

“I couldn’t believe it was 20 years,” Favre told Tirico. “It seems like yesterday. You can’t remember where you put your keys or your glasses … but there’s certain events that you remember as if it were yesterday, and that’s one of them.

“That paved the way for a lot of good things to come.”

Perhaps the good times Favre and the Packers enjoyed together will feel that way again, given that he spoke wistfully of seeing the Lombardi Era players and likened his relationship with the Packers to a grudge where “You just kind of get over it.” Four years after an acrimonious split culminated in his August 2008 trade to the Jets, Favre's comments sounded extremely encouraging compared to things he's said in the past.

When Tirico asked Favre, “Do you see the day that you go back and get your number retired and there’s a big group hug again?” Favre chuckled. He maintained that he hasn’t thought about the possibility but said he expects it will come.

“I’m sure that day’s going to happen, but I haven’t thought a whole lot of about it,” said Favre, who’s now working as the offensive coordinator at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss. “The Packers have had great success since I left, not surprised by that. (They have a) great group of talented players there led by Aaron (Rodgers), of course. That organization is really apart from (the rest), maybe the Yankees I guess, just in tradition and history. I’m so thankful that I was part of it.

“I know that day (will come). How that will unfold, I have no idea when that will happen. I don’t think their side is thinking about it. They’re trying to figure out how to get back to the Super Bowl, and really I’ve got my plate full. I think that’s good for both sides, not that we don’t need to shake hands and move on. I think in some ways that has happened, but you know, I do see the day, it’s going to happen. When? I have no idea.

“I don’t think it’s as big a deal as people make it out to be because I think both sides have moved on. I’ve got nothing but respect for that organization and the guys who play there. There’s a lot of new faces there. But as you bring back those memories, I think about those great days and great moments of my career and the thing that keeps ringing over and over is how quickly it goes by. You have to enjoy it.

“I made a lot of mistakes over my career, but I can honestly say, I enjoyed the moment. And that, I’m proud of.”

Tirico then asked Favre if when he watches the Packers on Monday Night Football – “in your Wranglers, of course – if he roots for or against the Packers or if he’s indifferent.

“Indifferent, I guess,” Favre replied. “I can’t help but feel a sense of being a part of that and it’s funny, before you called, or actually a couple days ago when you asked if I would do this, at different times I was thinking about my career there … I can remember the old guys coming back, great players – Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Jerry Kramer, Fuzzy Thurston, Ray Nitschke, Willie Wood, I can just go on and on.

“All these are coming back, being an honorary captain, alumni day, whatever, and just thinking … Because I was always a history buff. I knew a lot about the Packers but I could not tell you where Green Bay was before I was traded. I knew it was up north. But all these old players, I knew. And so when they would come back, it wasn’t just being polite, I just had a lot of respect for what they had done and how they had paved the way.

“You look at Lambeau Field and where that place has gone and how it’s evolved, I can’t help but feel a sense of being a part of that. And so, even though it’s a shame the way things went down between I and the Packers, as time goes by, you just kind of, it’s kind of like a grudge, you just kind of get over it.”
Pack93z  
#2 Posted : Monday, September 24, 2012 12:59:36 PM(UTC)
Wake me when they actually sit down and talk.. hash it out and schedule the gig.

Loved the guy and how he played the game, but really all I want his for him to gain his rightful place in the ring and have him as part of the Packers fraternity again.

All careers rise and eventually pass.. it is how you handle the later that most struggle with. Brent happened to pour gasoline upon the process.. and light it with a blowtorch. A couple of grenades for good measure.

And the Packers.. they brought a cooler yet longer burning brand of fuel to the party.

A cocktail that scorched many a Packer fan on either side.. most have healed, some are still red. But it is time to let it go.

Glad to hear Brett voice the same tune.
PackerTraxx  
#3 Posted : Monday, September 24, 2012 3:11:37 PM(UTC)
Great article, thanks for posting. It is time to forgive and forget and move on. It'll be great to see Brett and some of the 90's SB players come back with some of Lombardi's players. As a young player that would have to be awesome to see that kind of tradition and with those players - great for the fans also.
dfosterf  
#4 Posted : Monday, September 24, 2012 4:51:47 PM(UTC)
Fuck Favre. You welcome him back. I don't like how he rolled. Get back to me in ten years.

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#5 Posted : Monday, September 24, 2012 6:08:34 PM(UTC)
The retirement of his jersey is inevitable as he is one of the greatest Packers, if not the greatest Packer. I really don't care when it happens, but I think it can wait a while.
wrolly  
#6 Posted : Monday, September 24, 2012 6:56:56 PM(UTC)
Favre is a Packer...no matter what he did elsewhere. Montana is always a 49er, but he didn't make it obvious that he wanted to kick the shit out of his old team. Favre just always had that attitude...is a nice guy, but an asshole too. Trust me...seen him at plenty of bars back in the day in Green Bay. Picking up chicks with Winters. Just who he is, but always a Packer.
Blitz  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, September 25, 2012 2:22:49 PM(UTC)
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nyrpack  
#8 Posted : Friday, October 5, 2012 5:19:21 PM(UTC)
i hope he comes back to where he belongs soon !!
Akexpat  
#9 Posted : Sunday, October 7, 2012 5:51:18 AM(UTC)
dfosterf said: Go to Quoted Post
Fuck Favre. You welcome him back. I don't like how he rolled. Get back to me in ten years.



amen, for me I could do it in less than 10 years if he owned up what he did to the fans. I dont know what went on with him and management nor do I pretend to. All I know he was an ass by giving a big FU to all the Packers fan out there was just disrespectful and he should own up to it.

oh and maybe officially turning his steak house into a waffle house as a monument to his off-season wait game would be nice too.
Pack93z  
#10 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 8:17:43 AM(UTC)
dfosterf said: Go to Quoted Post
Fuck Favre. You welcome him back. I don't like how he rolled. Get back to me in ten years.



What is the difference between now and 10 years? Like Brett is going to say sorry? Or Ted/Mike is going to admit any fault?

Plus Rodgers will have amassed more Lombardi's by then.. that will only install more rawness to Brett's chapped ass with that news. And he will probably cock off at least once about it soon.

To me.. do it, resolve it and move on. Honor him for what he did over the course of his career in Green Bay, he helped spear the turnaround that still resides today.


Zero2Cool  
#11 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 8:28:24 AM(UTC)
Pack93z said: Go to Quoted Post
What is the difference between now and 10 years? Like Brett is going to say sorry? Or Ted/Mike is going to admit any fault?

Plus Rodgers will have amassed more Lombardi's by then.. that will only install more rawness to Brett's chapped ass with that news. And he will probably cock off at least once about it soon.

To me.. do it, resolve it and move on. Honor him for what he did over the course of his career in Green Bay, he helped spear the turnaround that still resides today.


Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson have both publicly stated they made mistakes in assuming there was no way Brett Favre would not return for 2008 and rushed him to a decision predicated on that assumption. It's not like the Packers are the only ones who flugged this up.

I just want it to be over.

I don't know if I care anymore about any apologies.

Brett Favre is an enormous part of the Green Bay Packers history and I would love to see him doing events in the name of the Packers like we see the likes of Antonio Freeman, Mark Tauscher, William Henderson, etc ... if not for the fans, do it for the easy cash for your charities!


I think it would be incredibly awesome if the current Packers regime were to have some kind of Brett Favre Appreciation Day. Set it up for like July 20th or something in the off season.
wpr  
#12 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 8:31:46 AM(UTC)
It is going to happen at some point in time. Doesn't matter to me if it is tomorrow or in 10 years. I don't care if he kisses Ted's butt or not. Everyone knows he douched it up at the end. The god that was Favre is merely a man. Since I wasn't a Favre-ite and didn't worship at his alter I can live it that.

There is less traffic around the board these days but I was a little tired of all the apologists claiming he never did anything wrong (a gross exaggeration on my part) so I don't mind it. I would rather talk to Packer fans than Favre fans anyway. I wouldn't know how to follow a professional sports team because of one single player.
Pack93z  
#13 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 8:43:33 AM(UTC)
wpr said: Go to Quoted Post
I wouldn't know how to follow a professional sports team because of one single player.


Bingo.. I learned that long ago, players come and go, enjoy them a little more when they don your colors.

wpr  
#14 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 8:52:02 AM(UTC)
Pack93z said: Go to Quoted Post
Bingo.. I learned that long ago, players come and go, enjoy them a little more when they don your colors.



back in 82 I switched my AL allegiance from the Orioles to the Brewers because Ted Simmons was traded from St Lou to Milwaukee but 1. They had a very good team back then. 2. Simmons stunk while playing in the AL. 3. I never diminished my support for StL doing that time. 4. I gave up on the Brewers when Selig stuck them into the NL. That was one of the stupidest moves ever. It tore away the rivalry they had with both the Twins and the growing one with the ChiSox and gave them the Cubs as there only real rival at the time. The Cubs didn't need a rival to help their attendance and the Brewers could use all the help they could get.
Packerchick  
#15 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 11:08:16 AM(UTC)
Akexpat said: Go to Quoted Post
amen, for me I could do it in less than 10 years if he owned up what he did to the fans. I dont know what went on with him and management nor do I pretend to. All I know he was an ass by giving a big FU to all the Packers fan out there was just disrespectful and he should own up to it.

oh and maybe officially turning his steak house into a waffle house as a monument to his off-season wait game would be nice too.


Such a sweet little baby you have there, so nicely swaddled in Packers gear. Being brought up right.

Cheesey  
#16 Posted : Wednesday, October 24, 2012 11:43:50 AM(UTC)
I knew some day he would be back. Just a matter of when.
He made being a Packer fan fun again. Was i upset that he was a "Viking"? Yes. Did i want the Packers to whip his butt? Yes.

That's all in the past now, and in the end, it's ONLY a game. That's reality.
PackerTraxx  
#17 Posted : Tuesday, February 12, 2013 2:58:21 PM(UTC)
Agree with everything except when he became Viking, I didn't expect him to go to a loser just to make us happy. The Vikings were about as good a fit as ever was based on the situation. And yes, he did make football fun again.

ESPN pushed the door open a little more with the awards.
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