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June

It’s Time To Bury The Brett Favre Hatchet Once And For All

If Aaron Rodgers can let what happened with Brett Favre go, so should the fans.

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. 

3

February

Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers Reunite: Time to Bury the Hatchet

Favre and Rodgers

A image many thought was impossible even a year ago.

Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers: Reunited. Maybe the Mayans were on to something after all.

In a moment that stunned everyone, especially fans of the Green Bay Packers, Favre and Rodgers appeared on stage together to present the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award to Peyton Manning during the NFL’s annual Honors award ceremony. Favre and Rodgers poked fun at Favre’s decision to retire and then comeback. It was likely a scripted moment, but it brought laughter to the crowd.

It also brought hope to fans who are sick of the arguing over the former quarterback.

It was a moment many expected to see at some point in the future, but maybe not so soon and definitely not at this venue. How fast this news spread opened up a lot of old wounds and brought back a lot of emotions regarding the Packer hero-turned-villain.

With Rodgers apparently the one who gave the go ahead for this moment to happen, it has brought renewed hope that Favre will once again be a beloved member of the Packers family and that it would be sooner rather than later. As divisive as a figure Favre is amongst the Packers faithful, this was a good first step towards healing those wounds.

By appearing on stage with Favre, it is almost as if Rodgers is giving some Packers fans the go-ahead to once again fully embrace the former Packer legend.

Rodgers has apparently buried the hatchet. It’s time for Packer Nation to do the same.

That’s right: it is time to move on, hard as it may be.

It’s understandable why some are still upset with Favre. The end of his career saw him leave the Packers in a very public divorce only to end up with the Packers’ bitter division rival. To some, that’s like a husband cheating on his wife with her estranged sister. It makes a lot of sense as to why fans were and still are upset with #4. I used to be among them.

However, it’s still hard to ignore all the good Favre did. He, along with Ron Wolf, Mike Holmgren and Reggie White, put the Green Bay Packers back on the map. He brought joy to fans in the stands at Lambeau Field and helped brighten the lives of countless others off the field through his foundation and his work with Make-a-Wish.

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May

Note to Vic Carucci: Retiring Favre’s Jersey Not a Priority

As I was snooping around NFL.com this weekend in an attempt to find something that didn’t involve the lockout, I came across an article from Vic Carucci entitled “Favre deserves Packers number retired sooner than later.”

My eyes widened at the title.

Was he really suggesting what I thought he was? Did he believe that good ol’ Number Four deserved an expedited reconciliation from the Green Bay Packers?

Apparently he did.

After reading Carucci’s thoughts on the matter, my regard for him dropped significantly. Though, to be completely up front about it, I never really cared for his writing to begin with. It’s not like his stock had very far to fall anyways.

But this was just ridiculous.

Carucci personally finds it “unsettling” that CEO Mark Murphy attached the timetable of “a few years” to the retirement of Favre’s number. He does admit that this “speaks to what remains an overwhelmingly wide gap in the relationship between Favre and the Packers.” He even acknowledges the fact that the Packers need some time to let the “old wounds” heal.

For some reason I cannot explain, however, Carucci puts the entire burden of reconciliation on the Green Bay Packers organization.

Now, I’ve done my best to remain silent on this issue, because it’s one that divides the Packers fan base. And I respect all of the differing opinions out there. Each person has a legitimate reason for siding one way or the other, and without all the facts of the messy divorce, we only have speculation on which to base our claims.

My personal feeling is that Favre turned his back on the Green Bay Packers, even though both sides could have handled things better when going their separate ways. The vitriol that fans feel didn’t start when he went to the New York Jets. People seemed to support him, and a lot of Packers fans were understandably skeptical about Aaron Rodgers’ ability to lead the team.

No, the jersey-burning level of anger didn’t escalate until he put on that purple uniform. That’s when Favre crossed the line.

And perhaps Carucci, being the sports “journalist” that he is, doesn’t quite get that.

“Murphy should have been able to gather by the applause he received after mentioning the organization’s intentions to retire Favre’s number,” writes Carucci, “that a sizable number of Green Bay fans still have a special place for him in their collective heart.”