After leading the Minnesota Vikings to victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, Brett Favre said he would put the win high up on his list of the most satisfying games he has played at the stadium.
“It ranks high,” Favre said at his post-game press conference. “Where on that list? I don’t know. I was part of some pretty good games here as a Packer. But this is pretty high up on the list. … It was pretty awesome to be a part of it.”
Favre was asked about the way he was loudly booed by the Green Bay fans who once revered him, and he did his best to shrug it off, saying he can be proud of his time in Green Bay even if the fans of Green Bay don’t have warm feelings for him anymore.
“It was about what I expected,” Favre said. “It was probably worse every time I took the field … but I considered it a good thing. It’s better than saying nothing, I guess. I know what I did here. You can ask the teammates I played with here. … I would venture to think all the guys I played with would speak positively about the way I carried myself. … Although I wasn’t expecting a standing ovation, I know what I’ve done and what I stand for.”
Favre said he felt strange riding the visiting team’s bus into the stadium and looking at the fans who were there to greet the bus.
“I saw a mixture of everything,” Favre said. “Cheers, a couple fingers.”
But ultimately, no matter how many fans booed him or gave him the finger, Favre said he felt great playing in Green Bay again, even playing for the opposing team.
“I know how special these fans are,” Favre said. “I think deep down inside I know how they feel. Packer fans cheer for Packers first. I know that. I hope that everyone in the stadium watching tonight said, ‘That joker’s on the other side, but he does play the way he’s always played, with his passion and love of the game.’ As long as I play, that’s not going to change.”
As he walked away from the podium at the conclusion of his press conference, Favre grinned and said, “It was pretty fun.”