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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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February

Packers News: Rodgers, Favre to present award together

Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre

Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre

…And then there was peace.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former quarterback Brett Favre will share the stage together, presenting the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award tonight on CBS.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy hinted at it early Saturday evening via Twitter, tweeting, “There’s an unlikely pairing of presenters you will have to see on #nflhonors 9p ET on CBS. their numbers added up to 16.”

Some basic math suggested that Favre and Rodgers were the “unlikely pairing of presenters.”

The NFL Honors program will be televised at 8 p.m. Central tonight on CBS.

The award winners have already been announced. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was named Offensive Rookie of the Year, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly won Defensive Rookie of the Year, Adrian Peterson was named Offensive Player of the Year and J.J. Watt won Defensive Player of the Year.

Peterson was also named league MVP for the first time in his career.

Packers cornerback Casey Hayward finished third in the voting for Defensive Rookie of the Year behind Kuechly and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Rodgers and Favre will present the Comeback Player of the Year Award to Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

The relationship between Rodgers and Favre has certainly been rocky, so it’s nice to see them smoothing things out. According to NFL Network’s Michelle Beisner, both men were ready to move on.

Beisner tweeted, “Favre told me, he has total respect for (Rodgers) and that the things that happened in Green Bay had nothing to do with him,” and also, “(Rodgers) told me they wanted to do this because it was time and needed to squash any questions about there being issues.”

The Packers have yet to retire Favre’s No. 4, but this is certainly a step in the right direction with Packers fans. Tune into CBS for the NFL Honors show tonight, as it figures to be must-see TV.

(UPDATE: Below is the video of Rodgers and Favre presenting the award. Watch it. You won’t regret it.)

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Marques is a Journalism student, serving as the Sports Editor of UW-Green Bay\'s campus newspaper The Fourth Estate and a Packers writer at Jersey Al\'s AllGBP.com. Follow Marques on Twitter @MJEversoll.

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