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On the subject of quarterback Brett Favre’s second annual retirement, the Green Bay Packers probably should have just kept their heads low and their mouths closed.
But they didn’t.
Said the organization, in a statement released earlier this afternoon: “Congratulations to Brett on a remarkable career.  The Packers organization wishes him and his family well.  Brett always will hold a special place in Green Bay Packers history, and we remain committed to retiring his number at an appropriate time in the future.”
It remains to be seen whether they remain committed to providing him with that mult-multi-multi-million-dollar marketing arrangement, especially in the current economy.

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  1. JimmySmith says: Feb 11, 2009 4:03 PM

    Brett will hold a special place in Packer history just like Benedict Arnold holds a special place in American history.
    The Packers are taking Brett as his word that he is retired, are you trying to tell us that’s a mistake?

  2. Sundance says: Feb 11, 2009 4:04 PM

    And you call that “speaking out”?????
    Who gives a rats ass???

  3. Jim_R says: Feb 11, 2009 4:07 PM

    IMO, it’s a nice enough statement from the Packers. Nothing to see here, move along.

  4. kurt37 says: Feb 11, 2009 4:08 PM

    im certain they wont even bother offering him that deal, my thinking is that was a 1 time offer to stay retired (last year). when july rolls around he will be in uniform somewhere, count on it.

  5. misterj says: Feb 11, 2009 4:13 PM

    Considering he tried to screw them over, I doubt it.

  6. marcduke says: Feb 11, 2009 4:15 PM

    Brett will be welcomed back with open arms, one day, and all will be forgotten – if he keeps things civil going forward.
    Bart Starr is beloved by Packer fans, most of whom probably wanted to string him up when coached the team.

  7. says: Feb 11, 2009 4:15 PM

    Why wouldn’t they say anything?
    I don’t think three sentences really is all that over the top. ESPNoooo devoted the whole friggin day to the nonsense.
    I would argue that the last five words of that statement speak volumes.
    As it should be too – “at the appropriate time” should not even be on the radar right now.

  8. T Henrys B@stard Child says: Feb 11, 2009 4:16 PM

    Favre = DOUCHE

  9. WalrusCP says: Feb 11, 2009 4:17 PM

    Don’t see much wrong here. A pretty classy pres release that doesn’t exactly stir any pots.

  10. CaptainFantastik says: Feb 11, 2009 4:18 PM

    In this case, “at an appropriate time” means not any time in the near future. Brat Favre shouldn’t be expecting any warm welcomes in Wisconsin for a long time after the stunts he’s pulled over the last year. He dropped a JDAM on the bridge between he and Packers fans I think and they won’t get that thing repaired anytime soon.
    And until his papers are filed, he isn’t retired. He’s probably on the phone with Childress as we speak.

  11. Rob0769 says: Feb 11, 2009 4:29 PM

    The Packers’ quote should have been:
    “Thanks Brett for netting us a third round pick and showing the world that we made the right move in trading you away. It was dear to our hearts to find out Brett’s little habit of turning over the ball at the worst possible time was not unique to Green Bay and he was the Jets’ headache this past season rather than ours.
    “The Packers organization also expresses our deepest sympathese to the New York Jets when Brett decides to unretire this upcoming May.”

  12. IL_Pack_fan says: Feb 11, 2009 4:30 PM

    I still have to wonder if this isn’t a wink-wink nudge-nudge deal between Favre and the Jets. You retire for a while until we can get the cap where we want it, and then come back when things are more in order.
    Guess I’ll have to wait and see.

  13. F00kFl0ri0 says: Feb 11, 2009 4:45 PM

    Wow, overstate much there, Florio? If this were the “pissed off at Favre” Packers, I’d love to see the “Still in Love with his Greatness Favre” Packers……

  14. Sarasotamike says: Feb 11, 2009 4:52 PM

    At least the organization has class unlike this worthless piece of overrated crap. Where would the Packers have been without Mike Holmgren, Ron Wolf & Reggie White……when the cheeseheads (what a miserable state) realize their Pack was not about this idiot but about the 3 individuals listed they’ll finally see he doesn’t deserve any accolades….he sucks, always has.

  15. BoneCrusher says: Feb 11, 2009 4:52 PM

    Brett retires when Parcells actually fulfills a contract.

  16. 319hike says: Feb 11, 2009 4:54 PM

    And if the Packers had not said anything?

  17. Ranger481VS says: Feb 11, 2009 4:59 PM

    You know what? I will believe all this when I hear that Peyton Manning has written a letter to Favre. I think that’s the first thing I ever heard last year that really questioned whether Favre would stay retired. Peyton Manning didn’t believe it and never sent the letter. He sent one to Steve McNair, but not Favre. Sooo, Peyton… does Favre get a letter THIS year????
    Florio, we need to hear something about the Peyton Manning retirement letter to Favre soon…

  18. gb_spottedcow says: Feb 11, 2009 5:01 PM

    Before I believe it, he needs to sign the customary one day contract with the Packers and dissolve the rumors that will otherwise persist the next 3 years.

  19. Gregjennings85 says: Feb 11, 2009 5:12 PM

    “He’s probably on the phone with Childress as we speak.”
    Ha ha. For sure.
    Man, he was awesome when Holmgren was there to keep him in check, but by the end his EGO WAS ENORMOUS. Oh well, leaving small town USA and going to harshness of the Big Apple was probably good for him in the long run. Knocked him down a few notches. Now he’s only 70% sure he’s better than Jesus.

  20. Old School says: Feb 11, 2009 5:16 PM

    The appropriate time to retire his Green Bay hersey is when Hell freezes over.
    Should the HOF require an interception throwing diva, he’d better be wearing a Jets hat.

  21. Pastabelly says: Feb 11, 2009 5:25 PM

    And now we are going to see his face all over some network as a horrible pre-game analyst who doesn’t do his homework.

  22. Packer Stockholder says: Feb 11, 2009 5:25 PM

    For all of the Ted Thompson bashers,,,it is time to send in your signed appologies. Thompson knew Brett was done. If Thompson would have succumb to public opinion and brought Brett back in 2008,,,The Rodgers relationship would have been toast. Rodgers would have left after 2009 and the Packers would be at ground zero with the most important position on the field. And, in 2008,,,with Favre’s diminishing skills,,the Packers would have been no better than 7-9, maybe 8-8.
    Instead, the Packers have their QB of the future buttoned up for 6 or more years,,,and the one year Brett/Jet experiment is a flop in NY.
    Thompson may not be the most likable guy. And he often makes moves against public opinion…but it is time for people to respect TT for what he is. Thompson is a shrewd, practical, strategic thinker. And that is what you need in a GM.
    Bring on the draft baby!

  23. Revacard says: Feb 11, 2009 5:25 PM

    “On the subject of quarterback Brett Favre’s second annual retirement, the Green Bay Packers probably should have just kept their heads low and their mouths closed.
    But they didn’t.”
    Substitute “Green Bay Packers” for Mike Florio.

  24. 30PTBUCK says: Feb 11, 2009 5:36 PM

    The only statements the Packers should make is not retiring his number,not putting him in their hall of fame not giving him 20 million for promotion.They should do exactly what he did to the Pack but in action not words.Jim Taylor didn’t contact other teams to tell how to beat the Pack neither did Hornung. I bet old #66 Ray is waiting in Heaven to “talk” to Brett about his actions and Ray will make sure Bretteney’s consecutive game streak never even begins there.

  25. murray22 says: Feb 11, 2009 5:42 PM

    Good move by the Packers, but hard to believe Favre’s retired. He might think he’s done today, only to change his mind next month, just like last year. The big question is whether any team will want him for 2009, given his declining play down the stretch. It was different last year when Favre was coming off a 13-3 season, with 28 TD’s and 15 ints. Is there a team out there willing to give Favre $13 million after a mediocre season, when he threw 22 TD’s and 22 ints?

  26. DeVoodoo says: Feb 11, 2009 5:42 PM

    Why should the Packers keep quiet? By acknowledging it in the manner they did, they’re subtly reminding their fans that they made the right move by drawing a line in the sand against this washed up QB a year ago. Thier language is a veiled, “See, we told you he was done.”

  27. kwwkkwwk says: Feb 11, 2009 5:51 PM

    Florio… if they didn’t say anything you would’ve made more of an issue out of it. The Packers were always professional throughout the whole Favre ordeal unlike Brett. Even though #4 was caught in mistruths last year and hates the GM who turned the team around, the 25 million deal will still be on the table.
    How ESPN of you Florio. Don’t keep it up please

  28. purpleguy says: Feb 11, 2009 5:51 PM

    Seems like a pretty innocuous statement to me. There’s plenty to rip the Pack about, but that statement looks like an attempt to start mending fences. I’m sure it wasn’t written by TT.

  29. Tundrastruck says: Feb 11, 2009 5:56 PM

    I think there’s far less to the “Favre wants to stick it to the Packers thing” than Florio loves to opine about. Favre is a drama queen, to put it mildly…he jerked the Packers around and they did the same in return. At the end of the day, I doubt Favre enough about what happened in Green Bay to want to play for Minnesota, mostly because he stands a chance of destroying whatever level of status he has left….somewhere between “Legendary” and “Uncle Frank who stays around a little too long following Thanksgiving dinner.” It’s been real, but even he would probably admit that Aaron Rodgers is the guy now.

  30. Montanavike says: Feb 11, 2009 6:22 PM

    Retire? Ha!!! He wants to beat the Pack at least once before letting it go. That means Vikings “here I come”. One more season, one more ring, that’ll make my old heart sing.

  31. cheeseburger says: Feb 11, 2009 6:22 PM

    Deanna was heard saying “You’re an idiot”

  32. JoeSixPack says: Feb 11, 2009 6:50 PM

    It’s February and Brett Favre announced his retirement. I guess that means we have six more weeks of winter.

  33. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Feb 11, 2009 7:35 PM

    “Montanavike says:
    February 11th, 2009 at 6:22 pm
    Retire? Ha!!! He wants to beat the Pack at least once before letting it go. That means Vikings “here I come”. One more season, one more ring, that’ll make my old heart sing. ”
    Ha Ha! That is funny stuff! First of all the reason why he wasn’t wanted back was because the Packers moved on and because they knew that he faded down the stretch of a long season and in the playoffs. Nothing would change with the Vikings, especially with the garbage they have at WR. Berrian wouldn’t be more than a #3 on either the Jets or the Packers as evidenced by the fact that he’s NEVER had more than 1000yds receiving and how many catches did he have this year? 40 something. Awesome.

  34. empty13 says: Feb 11, 2009 8:25 PM

    it’s early. lets get the diva into its biorhythms and see what happens in a few weeks…

  35. Henry says: Feb 11, 2009 8:39 PM

    Posted by SarasotaMike:
    when the cheeseheads (what a miserable state)
    Pretty much have no room to talk when it comes to the idiot magnet that is Floriduh. Just because you’re a pussy like Favre and can’t handle the cold or act like a man doesn’t really reflect on Wisconsin.

  36. LoftKing says: Feb 11, 2009 9:43 PM

    It will be many years before the Packers recover from the three duh-egos (Ted Terrible, Pass Happy McCrappy, Mark “Milk Toast” Murphy). It’s just one blunder after another.

  37. jimicos says: Feb 12, 2009 9:05 AM

    LoftKing says:
    February 11th, 2009 at 9:43 pm
    It will be many years before the Packers recover from the three duh-egos (Ted Terrible, Pass Happy McCrappy, Mark “Milk Toast” Murphy). It’s just one blunder after another.
    Example? I assume you’re ripping them for trading Favre and keeping Rodgers happy. I’d like to know what you’d do differently.

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