The schism that once existed between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers continues to shrink.
Perhaps it may have finally vanished.
In an interview with Joe Buscaglia of 550 WGR Radio in Buffalo, Favre made his strongest remarks to date that he is ready to return to the Packers family. When asked if he had any regrets about how his departure from Green Bay went down, Favre replied with the following:
“It’s the way it is. It is what it is. It’s over and done with. I was at fault. I feel that both sides had a part in it. If you could go back would I or them have done things differently? I’m sure both sides would. But you can’t.”
This is one of, if not the very first times Favre has actually admitting to some kind of wrongdoing in his 2008 standoff and eventual separation with the Packers. These perhaps are the words many fans have been waiting to hear out of the former quarterback before they would be willing to once again embrace Favre as one of their own.
He also said that he and current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers “have a good relationship.” That’s quite a change from when the Packers were preparing for Super Bowl XLV and Rodgers said he didn’t have a relationship with Favre. The joint presentation the two quarterbacks made at the NFL Honors show in February obviously got the ball rolling.
Favre also acknowledged that he has had discussions with Packers president Mark Murphy and also recognized that Murphy walked into a “hornet’s nest” when he took over as president and CEO for Bob Harlan. He also said he played for a lot of great coaches “that branched out” and mentioned Mike McCarthy as being among them.
Packers fans know Favre better than anyone. The phrase “I am sorry” has never been in his repertoire. Most can probably count on one hand the amount of times Favre has admitted to fault on anything, whether on the football field or in life. The Favre heard in the interview sounded like an older and wiser gunslinger.