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Favre launches his Green Bay image rehab effort

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Given that Brett Favre had twice before filed retirement papers with the NFL (and then came back), we didn’t give much credence to the notion that he’s not returning in 2011 simply because he filed his retirement papers again.

Far more indicative of his intentions was his Monday bouquet to the Packers and their fans.  Favre told ESPN’s Ed Werder, who may have to start selling insurance or something now that the centerpiece of his career is finally leaving the game, via e-mail that the Packers are “by far” the best team left in the tournament.

And Favre would know how to rank the remaining teams — his Vikings lost five of their 10 games this year to three of them.

But regardless of whether Favre believes it, the fact that he said it (and that he cleared Werder to use it) means that Favre likely will now focus on getting back in the good graces of the folks in Green Bay whom he angered by seeking an opportunity to “stick it” to the Packers after he retired from the Packers and the coaching staff and front office barricaded the door.

Wishy washy as he may be, Favre rarely does something without a reason at the time for doing it.  And we think he wants to commence the process of cozying up once again to the franchise with which he spent the vast majority of his career.

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  1. philtration says: Jan 18, 2011 9:11 AM

    Keep pushing that Aaron Rogers story down the list with more Favre crap.

    Will you remove this comment too?

  2. footballfan says: Jan 18, 2011 9:13 AM

    I wonder when we will have a Favre-less week???

  3. conseannery says: Jan 18, 2011 9:16 AM

    Concentrate first on rehabbing your marriage after all the garbage you’ve put your wife through.

  4. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 18, 2011 9:17 AM

    Maybe he could hire Ari Fleisher.

  5. itwasagoodrun says: Jan 18, 2011 9:19 AM

    Actually, this couldn’t be further from the truth. #4 basically says that the packers have the best QB, best WR’s of all time and the best defense in the tournament. If they don’t win, it’ll be on the QB. He actually is putting MORE pressure on #12 and the team with his comments that they’re the best. If they don’t win in Chicago and Dallas, people will be even more disappointed. Well played #4, way to ratchet up expectations…expectations kill. The pack have played over and beyond expectations with all the injuries with little pressure, now the pressure cooker is hot.

  6. jimmysee says: Jan 18, 2011 9:20 AM

    Favre and Richard Nixon — each set out to rehabilitate himself after unfortunate incidents.

  7. bengalsown says: Jan 18, 2011 9:20 AM

    Or maybe he was just stating the obvious?

    This site is hard to read sometimes…

  8. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says: Jan 18, 2011 9:21 AM

    Reminds me of last year, when Tony Dungy said there’s NO WAY the Colts team he built should lose. They’re BY FAR the best team he said. And any loss would amout to a monumental choke.

  9. ny82jy says: Jan 18, 2011 9:21 AM

    Every DB in the league will surely miss you throwing int’s to them every sunday Favre. You will be missed by them for sure.

  10. leroysbutler says: Jan 18, 2011 9:23 AM

    LIAR

  11. pittpackerfan says: Jan 18, 2011 9:24 AM

    Welcome home.

  12. donewithfootball says: Jan 18, 2011 9:24 AM

    Here we go the media. Farve never ask for attention but the media sure dose.

  13. myspaceyourface says: Jan 18, 2011 9:25 AM

    He should just come out and say he is sorry for the way things ended and it could have been handled better by everyone involved. . .

    I think that would go a whole lot further than this false humility and complements.

  14. jordangarnett says: Jan 18, 2011 9:26 AM

    Packer fans need to get over it ! The man won you a RING and was one of the best of all time

  15. pervyharvin says: Jan 18, 2011 9:28 AM

    It looks like now that his playing days are over, Brett can relax and give the team that made him(as well as he made) some love. Time for you Pack fans to let it go and accept the hand of the Old Gunslinger that gave you a title and put you on the map for years. You have one of the best young QB’s now, just let it go and show Brett some love. He is one of the greatest players of all time, be proud he was yours. I know I’m proud he played for us 2 seasons.

  16. justinsam10 says: Jan 18, 2011 9:29 AM

    Brett Favre as a Green Bay Packer was one of the best and the greatest players in NFL history. He was an iron man and one of the fun-loving, outgoing, colorful characters in the game. He won a Super Bowl ring and revolutionized the quarterback position with his consecutive streak start.

    Brett Favre as a New York Jet, one decent season, not his best and not his worst but had more than a little bit too much fun off the field than on it as the speculation goes.

    Brett Favre as a Minnesota Viking, went from the football immortality to just another victim of the age and the inevitability of father time, 33 touchdowns and 7 ints in 2009 to 11 tds, 19 ints, a lost and broken streak, a myriad of injuries, his coach getting fired, his private life subsequently exposed and Leslie Frazier coming out this week and saying basically, Brett im coming flying to Hattiesburg ever.

    The man is a hall of famer guaranteed lock, but he delayed his time just a tad. He has my love and respect, but at the end of the day he is just a man with an incurale case of wishy-washyness.

    God-speed Brett, you were one of the best.

  17. ny82jy says: Jan 18, 2011 9:29 AM

    O and one last thing. See what Eric Mangini said about Favre’s “torn biceps ” muscle in 08. I saw a interview with him here in NY a few months ago and he had no idea that Favre was injured and said he practiced for weeks and looked fine. Never said anything to him about the injury. It was all an excuse to cover up his CRAPPY play down the stretch that killed the season for the jets. Once again all about protecting his image. That is whats left of it. Guy had a good career but the way he finished it is a joke to me and alot of others.. What will we do without his half hour plus press conferences every week where he repeats the same thing over n over again..

  18. etronsman says: Jan 18, 2011 9:30 AM

    I love the Packers and I’ve been behind ARod and TT from day one of this whole thing, but I’ll gladly take Brett back if he wants to get in good graces. Call me fickle, whatever, but I’ve maintained that he’s the enemy while he’s playing for another team. Anytime after, I’m going to support the guy and embrace him as a Packer

  19. mightymightylafootball says: Jan 18, 2011 9:32 AM

    Who.

    Cares.

  20. kiefs85 says: Jan 18, 2011 9:32 AM

    Good job Mike! You managed to write an article that didn’t have an agenda and didn’t contain any lies! Of course whenever it is about your beloved Vikings/Favre the rules change right? Hack.

  21. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 18, 2011 9:33 AM

    Too late. You’ll be booed at Canton by Packers fans, cheered by just about everyone else who still has a man crush on ‘ol Brett.

  22. olcap says: Jan 18, 2011 9:33 AM

    Packer FO and fans should utter a collective “Brett who?”

  23. Matt-NC says: Jan 18, 2011 9:33 AM

    He’s sniffing around for that $20m marketing contract.

    Let him be out of press for a couple years before letting him sign for a day to retire as a Packer for good. The wounds will have time to heal over and hopefully a Packer Super Bowl appearance will help fans move on.

    faver should be grateful TT is a smart business man and will let him in the ring of honor in a few years. If TT was as big of a drama queen as faver, the #4 jersey would currently be assigned to the back up punter.

  24. packerblitz says: Jan 18, 2011 9:34 AM

    Didn’t he just get done telling Julius Peppers to beat the Packers a few weeks ago? Make up your mind Favre.

  25. bradshawlives says: Jan 18, 2011 9:35 AM

    Brett who?

  26. nomesayin says: Jan 18, 2011 9:36 AM

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  27. slippyal2 says: Jan 18, 2011 9:37 AM

    That franchise would stupid to not embrace him. He is their most popular player ever and brought them back from being non-irrelevant. Farve mostly wanted to stick it to Ted Thompson.

  28. coachstram says: Jan 18, 2011 9:41 AM

    So the guy stated his opinion, big deal.

    How is that wishy washy?

  29. packattack1967 says: Jan 18, 2011 9:43 AM

    He’ll be back, ring of honor, Packer Hall, Retired Number, NFL Hall all await him. Play some golf outings, work some charities. Packer Fans love old Packers.

  30. unprovenprophet says: Jan 18, 2011 9:44 AM

    “Wishy washy as he may be, Favre rarely does something without a reason at the time for doing it. And we think he wants to commence the process of cozying up once again to the franchise with which he spent the vast majority of his career.”

    …in hopes of reviving the $20 million lifetime contract, that the Packers president had on the table, to be a goodwill ambassador for the team.

    There, finished that for you.

  31. didiwags says: Jan 18, 2011 9:50 AM

    After everything he did for the Packers when he was there, he should not have to try and get in their good graces!!! They should be classy enough to know Favre just wanted to still play the game and he did!! Favre will always be known as a Packer and they should appreciate and embrace it !!!

  32. bradshawlives says: Jan 18, 2011 9:58 AM

    Won’t it be funny if 2 of Favre’s former teams meet in the SB led by the QB’s that replaced him? I’m sure the Favre sycophants will still insist those teams made a mistake by getting rid of His Lordship.

  33. tougie1 says: Jan 18, 2011 9:58 AM

    Dear Brett,

    Take care of your family and get yourself healed. Once the 2011 season kicks off and you’re not trying to “stick it to Ted Thompson” and the rest of Packer nation, we’ll think about it. Until then…you’re still a Viking.

    Signed, Packers Fan Forever!

  34. scottnrsv says: Jan 18, 2011 10:00 AM

    hope the packers tell him to f off

  35. giablommi says: Jan 18, 2011 10:00 AM

    If Green Bay wins it all (and I pray they do), this egomaniac will be compelled to make another comeback. Bank on it.

  36. maddog111 says: Jan 18, 2011 10:01 AM

    etronsman says:
    Jan 18, 2011 9:30 AM
    I love the Packers and I’ve been behind ARod and TT from day one
    ————————————————
    Huh?

  37. bordner says: Jan 18, 2011 10:01 AM

    slippyal2 says:
    Jan 18, 2011 9:37 AM

    That franchise would stupid to not embrace him. He is their most popular player ever and brought them back from being non-irrelevant.
    ————————————————-
    “non-irrelevant” – so that’s relevant then, right?

  38. ninjapleazee says: Jan 18, 2011 10:03 AM

    donewithfootball says: Jan 18, 2011 9:24 AM

    Here we go the media. Farve never ask for attention but the media sure dose.

    ——————————————-

    thats a joke right?

  39. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jan 18, 2011 10:03 AM

    ” Farve mostly wanted to stick it to Ted Thompson.”

    Yeah, and players, coaches, and front office staff are only as loyal as their next paycheck so whether he wants to admit it or not, he was trying to stick it to Packer fans. It’s like a person cheating on his or her significant other, some infidelity victims can let go of their anger, some can even forgive, but they never forget – especially when he was still rooting against the Packers as recently as the Bears-Vikings game a few weeks ago.

    I do find his “hey look at me” timing odd given the biggest Packers-Bears game in history. If the Packers win on Sunday, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him show up on some Super Bowl pregame show decked out in Packers gear so we don’t forget him. In other words, Favre can go “eff” himself.

  40. 49fromwi says: Jan 18, 2011 10:03 AM

    1) Bart Starr
    2) Aaron Rodgers *
    3) Who cares…

    * = “and rising”

    List of best Green Bay QB’s ever

  41. gbfanforever says: Jan 18, 2011 10:05 AM

    “After everything he did for the Packers when he was there, he should not have to try and get in their good graces!!! They should be classy enough to know Favre just wanted to still play the game and he did!! Favre will always be known as a Packer and they should appreciate and embrace it !!!”

    You just don’t get it, you aren’t a Packer fan so you don’t understand. You’re entitled to your opinion, it’s just not informed. We all loved Favre about as much a fan base could love a player. It was (mostly) the fact that our massive support meant so little to him that he could say the things he’s said that has us burnt. It was the equivalent of favre walking through a crowd of 10 million fans with his earbuds on and not realizing what was going on. I realize Packer management didn’t exactly handle the situation right when he left but about 95% of packer fans now realize they ultimately made the right decision.

  42. righthereisay says: Jan 18, 2011 10:05 AM

    Didn’t he tell another player after a game a few weeks ago to “Beat the Packers”?

  43. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Jan 18, 2011 10:08 AM

    Just die already you friggin drama queen…

  44. pervyharvin says: Jan 18, 2011 10:12 AM

    Man, it amazes me that some of you Pack fans feel so much hate towards Brett. Let me tell you a little something. When Brett ran out of Detroit knowing this was his last NFL game ever, a big part of him died. It is very difficult knowing your time is up in the sport and career that defines you.Hearing the crickets instead of the crowds. When I retired boxing I was depressed for 3 years. Show a little compassion will you? Take the high road. Brett loves the Packers.

  45. richm2256 says: Jan 18, 2011 10:13 AM

    “revolutionized the quarterback position with his consecutive streak start.”
    ———————————————————
    “Revolutionized” the game……..????

    You “revolutionize a game” by what you do on a field that changes the way the game has ever been played before, not by showing up week after week.

    And what Brett Favre did, week after week, was throw more INT’s than any other quarterback in history.

    Maybe you’re right, maybe he DID “revolutionize” the game after all.

  46. kiefs85 says: Jan 18, 2011 10:16 AM

    didiwags—-we’ll decide who we should appreciate and embrace. Have you ever taken a look at the history of the Packers? Many others have come before him that are either his equal or are above him in Packer lore. That is why we don’t suffer fools—-there are plenty to appreciate and embrace, not only him. This organization had success before him and will(with perhaps more Super bowl wins) after him.

  47. mikemnz says: Jan 18, 2011 10:18 AM

    Favre is hoping to sign with the pack so he can get a sb ring

  48. realitypolice says: Jan 18, 2011 10:21 AM

    He could start by apologizing for his efforts to run Ted Thompson out of town and turn the fans against him, even after he left.

    Looks like Ol’ Ted may have known what he was doing all along.

  49. alewatcher says: Jan 18, 2011 10:22 AM

    jordangarnett says: Jan 18, 2011 9:26 AM

    The man won you a RING and was one of the most over rated of all time.

    ————–

    There, fixed that for you. Favre had three outstanding seasons, won a ring, set a bunch of stat records, and basically lived off his reputation of those three seasons.

    Unfortunately, he was just as likely to kill his team when it counted as he was to help them, but he always got a pass from the media. Any other QB that makes bone-headed throws like that would get roasted in the media.

  50. packermom47 says: Jan 18, 2011 10:25 AM

    He was good for Green Bay–but he’s a DIVA. He has a lot of kissing up to do. At least now he has all the time in the world until he unretires again in August.

  51. emperorzero says: Jan 18, 2011 10:26 AM

    Screw Favre. As far as I’m concerned Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers to to Super Bowl XXXI when he was 12 years old.

  52. wasitosa says: Jan 18, 2011 10:27 AM

    This is for all the Favre Haters. I agree that #4 made some poor career decisions late in his Packer career. But I would remind you that Brett NEVER wanted to leave GB. Yes, he contributed greatly to what ultimately unfolded, but he wanted to stay.

    With Favre’s playing career now over, the Packers and Packer fans must now figure out what to do next. May I suggest we welcome Brett back with open arms? And here’s why ;
    • His 16 years here were some of the best in Packer history.
    • If we diminish Favre’s legacy in GB, we ultimately lessen our beloved Packer history as well. I can just hear it now on Monday night….Well Al, do you think the Packer fans will ever forgive Brett? Or will the Packers ever retire #4? How long do you want to hear that? At some point Packer fans soil their own reputation.
    • For those who never knew or forgot what GB football was like before Brett, let me go down memory lane. We were not the glorious place it is now. It was the end of the line – the worst place to be for ball players. And that’s why the football world was shocked when Reggie came here. We had had over 20 years of miserable football watching. Do you remember these names under center, Rich Campbell, Jerry Tagge, David Whitehurst, Randy White, John Hadl? During those decades a 9-7 team was all we could hope for. Minus a few games with Lynn Dickey, it was horrible for a long, long time.

    Curly Lambeau was once fired by the Packer Board and they later had City Stadium renamed after him. That’s a good lesson for us now. Let the healing begin. It will be what’s best for all of us.

  53. pfii63 says: Jan 18, 2011 10:31 AM

    Two years and the Packers fans will welcome him back into the fold with open arms. Like nothing ever happened.

  54. momsasaynt says: Jan 18, 2011 10:45 AM

    Love you #4 no matter what.

  55. stixzidinia says: Jan 18, 2011 10:54 AM

    Favre on the phone with Ed Werder:

    Ed: Hey Brett. Surprised to here from you so soon. I was just about to catch a plane to Chicago for next week’s game. What’s up?

    Favre: Oh you know………just been thinkin bout some things. Am I happy with my legacy? You bet. Would I have preferred to go out on top with a Super Bowl? No question. Would I have loved to run the streak to an even 300? Absolutely.

    Ed: Uhhhhh…..okay. Ummm…how’s thing’s with Deanna since you’ve been home?

    Favre: Well I was watching the games over the weekend and I gotta say that Green Bay looked impressive. Did I lead numerous 4th quarter comebacks during my career? Yeah but that’s neither here nor there. Did I play alot of games consecutively and help my team? Yeah but that’s not what we’re talking about here.

    Ed: Uh Brett? I gotta board the plane in a few minutes. Is there anything you need me to say to the public?

    Favre: Well i’ve been doing alot of thinking about my legacy in Green Bay. Would I have preferred to remain in the fans’ good graces? Affirmative. Is it distressing to me that I’ve been booed the last couple of time i’ve been there. Exceedingly so. Do I think the Packers would be playing for a chance to go to the Super Bowl if I were playing quarterback this year? Yes but that’s not how it played out. But I still think the Packers are the best team remaining. I think they’re going to win, if you’re asking.

    Ed: Ok Brett I gotta run. I’ll call you next

    Favre: Well Ed, does it bother me that the Pack are doing this without me? No, my legacy speaks for itself. DO I harbor any ill will? No, and again, my legacy in Green Bay speaks for itself. Would I have preferred

    *line goes dead as Ed hangs up*

  56. jazzytrav says: Jan 18, 2011 10:54 AM

    “Given that Brett Favre had twice before filed retirement papers with the NFL (and then came back), we didn’t give much credence to the notion that he’s not returning in 2011 simply because he filed his retirement papers again.”

    Actually, I don’t think he ever filed retirement papers before. I know he didn’t when he left the Packers for good because that was one of the reasons no one believed him. Even when he gave his tear-filled goodbye, he still had not filed his papers.

    I don’t know if he did after leaving the Jets.

  57. mikemnz says: Jan 18, 2011 10:59 AM

    Brent wanted to stay and be the starter no questions asked. Didnt work
    Brent gave the lions info on how to beat the pack. Didnt work
    Brent went to the vikings to beat the pack. Only worked 1/2 way
    Brent is upset because the Packers are doing well without him. They are at the same point they were in his last season.
    Brent this is a world of what have you done for me lately and I hope the packers organization and fans never accept you.
    Fitting that you retire with the organization that is known for 50 years of failure.

  58. wasitosa says: Jan 18, 2011 11:04 AM

    The Brett haters remind me of the high school boy who gets dumped by a girl he was madly in love with, and now all he can do is trash her. But in fact he still loves her.

  59. bigjim50010 says: Jan 18, 2011 11:09 AM

    jordangarnett says:
    Jan 18, 2011 9:26 AM
    Packer fans need to get over it ! The man won you a RING and was one of the best of all time.

    **********************************************

    you and brett never will get it.

    Honor thy Packers is every packer fan’s manta. not honor thy brett.

    I enjoy how Brett won us a ring. I seem to recall Holmgren, Ron Wolf and Reggie White being there as well.

    I also enjoy how brett was uncoachable for years and didnt want to attend training camp….. it is now my job to forgive.

    I do remember what it was like before Brett Favre and Packer football had moments but never consistant, but to say it is Brett who did that…I prefer to think its Ron Wolf and the system he put in place.

    Brett had multiple chances to come back to green bay after he retired, but he didnt want to do camp. So sad too bad… we saw the results of no camp this year.

    I loved the man for his time in green bay …even with the Jets. But you dont go to the vikings under any circumstances.

    This is a rehab effort by farve and just as fake as when we would run down the field and shoulder his reciever.

    he will go in the ring eventually….but let him go HOF as a Viking…i think he deserves that.

    Having said that, GO PACK GO

    Beat The BEARS!!

  60. anaheim2dafullest says: Jan 18, 2011 11:16 AM

    pack attack

  61. vikesfansteve says: Jan 18, 2011 11:32 AM

    It was fun watching his effort the last couple of yrs.

  62. arnoldziffel says: Jan 18, 2011 11:38 AM

    It’s still a little early to know which way Favre is leaning with his latest comments. Three weeks ago he was exhorting Julius Peppers to beat the Packers and keep them out of the playoffs and now … when we’re playing the Bears again with a Super Bowl birth on the line, he’s offering an opinion as to who has the better team.

    Bottom line … time has a way of healing things … and for some Packer fans … that’s all that’s going to be needed – a little more time. For others … it’s going to have to be a longer process but eventually, we all need to just let this thing go.

    True … Favre’s Viking flirtation was repulsive to many – but it ended in flames for Favre, Bevell and Childress – all the boys with the Wisconsin ties. AND … Ted did get a third round pick from the Jets which resulted in part, to the drafting of Clay Matthews – which ain’t a bad way to end the whole mess.

    In the end .. just let it go. Time will pass, wounds will heal, and the Pack will continue to prosper. Favre now belongs to the ages … he was part of the Wolf/Holmgren era that put Green Bay back on the map. He helped make good memories for us … and now it’s time to let it go and celebrate the new era that’s just now dawning for the Green and Gold. Go Pack Go!!!

  63. mountaindont says: Jan 18, 2011 11:38 AM

    Favre didnt say he wanted the Packers to win. He said they were the best team in the playoffs. HUGE DIFFERENCE

  64. mick730 says: Jan 18, 2011 11:38 AM

    Favre can’t stand the fact that he is now irrelevant; not just to Green Bay but to the entire NFL. It’s the week of the NFC Championshp between two of the oldest rivals in the game, and Favre is trying sadly and pathetically to make himself relevant.

    Second, Favre did not put Green Bay or the Packers on the map. Has that poster ever heard of Lambeau or Lombardi?

    The last ten years in Green Bay, Favre was unmotivated to say the least. He felt himself to be bigger than the team, bigger than even the franchise.

    In 2009 he was finally motivated, and by what? By hatred of the Packers. Favre made his bed, now let him sleep in it. Quitely would be what most Packer fans would prefer.

    Bart Starr retired after the 1971 season when he was 37 years old. A complete and total gentleman. Somehow I can never picture Bart Starr wearing a baseball cap sideways, standing around in his underwear in any team’s locker room, doing a “pants on the ground” thing. At 41, Favre was almost as immature as he was when he showed up in Green Bay at 22. Starr will always be revered by the Packer faithful. Favre will always be what he is.

  65. juancorsair says: Jan 18, 2011 11:39 AM

    While I don’t excuse Favre’s telling Peppers to “beat the Packers” by any means, I do remember his leaving GB was a messy divorce with bad decisions being made by both him and Ted Thompson, with both sides to blame for how it turned out.

    That being said, it should be pointed out that if Rodgers had not done such a fantastic job taking over when Favre left, it would be safe to say that we wouldn’t be reading half as many anti-Favre comments in this thread. It is only because Rodgers is proving to be an elite QB that Packer fans are able to forget the great run we had all those years with Favre under center.

  66. childressrulz says: Jan 18, 2011 11:42 AM

    I don’t think he is “cozying up.” He is just stating the obvious. The Packers are the best team left by far.

  67. vladdrac69 says: Jan 18, 2011 11:44 AM

    ok now you are blocking me from posting? Are you guys serious?

  68. kennyrogerschicken says: Jan 18, 2011 11:46 AM

    pervyharvin -

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Who are you and what did you do with pervy? I apologize for talking crap on you, since you made a great point without being a jackass. And I completely agree with you, as well.

    Of course, if the Pack win the Super Bowl, I’m sure the fans will welcome Brett back a lot sooner.

  69. notredamegirl says: Jan 18, 2011 12:00 PM

    Favre haters out in full force today!

  70. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Jan 18, 2011 12:01 PM

    Go back and stay there…

  71. acmepacker says: Jan 18, 2011 12:05 PM

    I hope this is a sign that Favre is relaxing his resentment. I only hope a lot of Packer fans can do the same. It’s too bad the last years have been so bitter but the fact remains that he loved GB and while he was here, in every game he gave everything he had. He deserves to be in the Pack HOF and his number retired. We need to let go of the anger, both sides were hurt but that is all over now. Grudges hurt everyone involved.
    Secondly, to percyharvin. I never agree with what you have to say but today your remarks about Favre and the Packers was spot on.
    Lastly, Favre and TT aren’t keeping a running feud going, so why are we?

  72. pervyharvin says: Jan 18, 2011 12:09 PM

    kennyrogerschicken…No need for an apology. I am a professional jackass. Sometimes you just have to be civil and sincere to make an important point. Brett deserves it. That being said my friend, no SB victory for you Pack tools this year!! Go Bears!

  73. ruvelligwebuike says: Jan 18, 2011 12:11 PM

    Sorry, man, but there is just no way you can’t have a sense of pride if you’re a Packer fan right now.

    Three years later, Thompson and Co’s team is right back in the NFC Championship game with a deep, young, very talented roster that’s built to win now and in the future. Jets not looking too bad either.

    And Brett, ESPN Love Machine notwithstanding, well, do I even need to spell it out?

    It’s the most dominating, one-sided victory I’ve ever seen since…well Packers/Falcons last Saturday.

  74. geethathurt says: Jan 18, 2011 12:12 PM

    #4 might actually be feeling a little remorse? I doubt it. Just another calculated effort to get his name back in the news.

  75. gbfanforever says: Jan 18, 2011 12:14 PM

    Here’s a theory, but it won’t happen. Brett filed his papers this week so he can be on the sideline with the packers and/or an honorary captain for the coin toss. Like I said, it won’t happen but imagine the spectacle! It’s not unusual for former players to do this but these are not usual circumstances.

  76. shadowgm1 says: Jan 18, 2011 12:26 PM

    He’s taking that $10 mil per year offer to become Green Bay’s “team ambassador”…the offer Thompson and McCarthy gave to keep him retired in 2008. It was supposed to remain on the table whenever he decides to retire fully.

    He also wants his jersey number next to Starr, Nitzchke and company. His best years were with that club.

    Count on him returning to Green Bay in a role of that type, regardless of what both myself and other Packer fans think of it or him.

  77. trojanpacker says: Jan 18, 2011 12:34 PM

    remember a few weeks ago when he told peppers to “go beat the packers in a few weeks”

  78. nickynick04 says: Jan 18, 2011 12:41 PM

    gbfanforever says:
    Jan 18, 2011 12:14 PM
    Here’s a theory, but it won’t happen. Brett filed his papers this week so he can be on the sideline with the packers and/or an honorary captain for the coin toss. Like I said, it won’t happen but imagine the spectacle! It’s not unusual for former players to do this but these are not usual circumstances

    Ya know,,,I was thinking along those same lines.
    Could you imagine Brett on the Packer’s sideline for the NFC title game ….

  79. skeletaldrawing says: Jan 18, 2011 12:46 PM

    Since I ragged on you (and you deserved it) over the Rodgers fiasco, let me step up here to say this strikes me as the sort of spot on commentary I’ve come here for; moreover, it’s a smart move by Favre (who is hardly my favorite person). Most of his future earning potential depends on what Green Bay fans think of him (I think we can write off Jets fans at this point, and I’m not sure how enamored Vikings fans are with him).

    A little image rehab is always a good way for a celebrity to begin retirement.

  80. ieatchickens says: Jan 18, 2011 12:47 PM

    People who rag on the “Favre haters” need to understand a few things:

    1) Favre retired from Green Bay. Then he changed his mind and was welcomed back only to have him retire again…in the same season

    3) The Packers already had their next cartridge in the camber and risked losing him to free agency before he even became a starter leaving Green Bay with no quarterback.

    4) Favre selfishness comes to the surface. No training camp, no concerns for the franchises future. Just me, me, me.

    5) Favre expected the Packers to allow him to play for Minneasota after they moved on without him. When TT wouldn’t allow that, he went on a smear campaign that did considerable collateral damage to the entire Packer organization and fans. It’s not TT job to help the Vikings and you never, never allow talent to stay in the division. Period

    6) Favre’s hatered and revenge motives severely wrecked his image in Green bay.

    7) After the Bears beat the Vikings he was quoted telling a Bears player to beat Green Bay next week. Obviously he is still obsessed with the Packers.
    8) He is making nice now is too little, too late. He’s in this for himself like he always has. This is Favre’s next game: rehab the image. I feel he will throw a few picks but in the end, he will be brought back with much of his luster lost to his pettiness.

    POST NOTE: Favre did not win the Packers a Super Bowl. Bob Harlan, Ron Wolf, Reggie White and others player a key role. Heck, Desmond Howard was even the Super Bowl MVP. Brett did his part but cannot take the bulk of the credit.

  81. ejmat2 says: Jan 18, 2011 1:36 PM

    richm2256 says:
    Jan 18, 2011 10:13 AM
    “Revolutionized” the game……..????

    You “revolutionize a game” by what you do on a field that changes the way the game has ever been played before, not by showing up week after week.

    And what Brett Favre did, week after week, was throw more INT’s than any other quarterback in history.
    ————————————
    Yeah he did throw more INTs than anyone in history. He also threw for more TDs, yards, completions, etc….

    It’s funny how the haters try and take one statistic and try to make the guy look bad. How about looking at his entire career? I 100% guarantee you his positive statistics far outweigh his negatives.

    For the psople that say it wasn’t Favre that won the Packer the superbowl. I will agree. It was the team. But do you honestly believe that if Favre wasn’t their QB they would have been there. How many season MVPs did Favre win? Oh yeah, I bet you forgot about that, huh?

  82. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says: Jan 18, 2011 1:39 PM

    Favre will be the Vikings QB next year….or I’m not the original Captain Marvel! Mark it down. Look for a big bounce-back season too.

  83. pervyharvin says: Jan 18, 2011 1:41 PM

    ieatchickens says:Favre did not win the Packers a Super Bowl. Bob Harlan, Ron Wolf, Reggie White and others player a key role. Heck, Desmond Howard was even the Super Bowl MVP. Brett did his part but cannot take the bulk of the credit.
    ======================================Ding Ding Ding…we have a winner for the daily Mind of Maurice Clarett Award!!! How stupid are we to believe that the grueling season long quest to the SB isn’t directly rated to the QB play! I’m sure Brady, Sanchez, Rodgers,Cutler,Manning ,Young, Montana,Bradshaw,etc…had small roles in being a great team this year or in the past…duh…It all starts and ends with the QB!

  84. shaggytoodle says: Jan 18, 2011 2:06 PM

    GB fans are fortunet to have back to back Franchise cornerstones @ the QB spot.

    3 years after the HOF QB retires and they are back in the NFCCG.

    I don’t think the Colts or Patriots are going to have that kind of luck.

    The Dolphins, Broncos, and Bills are still waiting.

  85. granadafan says: Jan 18, 2011 2:37 PM

    Favre should start by apologizing to Aaron Rodgers for the crappy way he treated Rodgers. From day 1 he shunned and deadfast refused to mentor the young QB. His Lordship didn’t even say so much as hello until weeks into training camps. Rodgers did nothing wrong and quietly built loyalty amongst his teammates sans Wrangler who had his own personal dressing room and parking spot.

  86. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 18, 2011 2:44 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Jan 18, 2011 12:09 PM
    kennyrogerschicken…No need for an apology. I am a professional jackass. Sometimes you just have to be civil and sincere to make an important point. Brett deserves it. That being said my friend, no SB victory for you Pack tools this year!! Go Bears!
    ___________________________________

    You’re running out of time to get back to batting .085 Perv.
    First, your guaranteed Vikings Super Bowl Championship fell thru.
    Second, YOUR pervert grandad at QB was going to carve up the league….need I say more.
    Third, when the metaphoric roof caved in at season’s end…you went about bashing the Pack, the Bears, whoever the Vikes were losing to that week.
    Fourth, when the real roof caved in and Green Bay started putting it together….you basically guaranteed that Green Bay’s season was over. You’ve been wrong for literally 5 straight weeks. My dog could pick games better than you.

    Please, Perv, please…..do NOT change your stance for this weekend’s game, because whatever you’re doing, it’s coming up roses for us Packer fans…and at the same time slapping you right in the back of the head with your own pink jersey and pretty ponies.

  87. tominma says: Jan 18, 2011 2:45 PM

    I dont think there’s a helluva lot Favre can do to rehabilitate NFL fans as a whole, nevermind Green Bay! He’s turned a brilliant Hall of Fame career into a cartoon, including scenes from Fritz the Cat! What a loser!

  88. stixzidinia says: Jan 18, 2011 3:35 PM

    He’s taking that $10 mil per year offer to become Green Bay’s “team ambassador”…the offer Thompson and McCarthy gave to keep him retired in 2008. It was supposed to remain on the table whenever he decides to retire fully.

    He also wants his jersey number next to Starr, Nitzchke and company. His best years were with that club.

    Count on him returning to Green Bay in a role of that type, regardless of what both myself and other Packer fans think of it or him.

    ——————————————–

    I’d say it’s 100% certain that the “ambassador” offer is NOT on the table any longer. Favre no longer has the image or marketability that he had before his Packers divorce. He is no longer seen the same way. And it’s not just packers fans. Safe to say the majority of the NFL fanbase wants nothing to do with that guy anymore.

    And i’d also say that i’ve got a better chance of being on the sideline for the SB if the Packers get there than Favre does. They do not want the circus and distraction that his presence would bring.

  89. pervyharvin says: Jan 18, 2011 3:54 PM

    @ purpleisreallypinkyouknow…..

    I see you are getting very,very nervous about my prediction of the Bears winning by a Rodgers fumble for a defensive td. You should be. I am all knowing.Yoda squared. Some call me Favradamus.I will share with you a couple of my minor predictions in the NFL for 2011. 1-Brady will get a hair cut. 2- Terrell Suggs will get a glamor makeover. 3-Josh Freeman and Danny Woodhead are starring in a new Miami Vice movie as Crockett and Tubbs. Most importantly, Vikings win the 2012 Super Bowl!!

  90. alfiecat4 says: Jan 18, 2011 4:06 PM

    Hey Favre,
    Get off our side. Go home. Shut up.

  91. freddyone says: Jan 18, 2011 4:19 PM

    Favre-Legend….yes, only on the field. I get a kick out of everyone that comments on what he did for Green Bay. How about what did Green Bay do for this man? We as fans and as a community put up with him getting hammered in the bars, bringing girls into the bathrooms while his “possy” guarded the doors in his earlier years. Then he got hooked on pain meds, his wife got cancer, his Dad died etc. These are all unfortunate and life changing events. ( not to mention he retired with us how many times) For the most part, the Green Bay fans did everything to support him and his wife. Flowers, cards, charity events and the list goes on. Just because someone’s a rich professional athlete doesn’t take away the fact that we were always there for Brett for 16 yrs. Brett had alot of drama in his life and obviously alot of it is and still is self inflicted. Other than his Dad passing and his wife having cancer, I don’t feel sorry for him what so ever. All in all, we did more for the man as a community/fans than the payback we’re getting or have ever gotton from him! I don’t hate the man, just wish he’d go away. Time will pass, they’ll retire his jersey as a Packer. Rightfully so.

  92. cschick2317 says: Jan 18, 2011 4:25 PM

    I’m not sure he can rehabilitate his image even if that’s what he is trying to do. In my mind, if he wants to play for the Jets or some other team the pack isn’t rivals with then I wish him well.

    The problem came when he became a viking. I highly doubt he did it for any reason other than hoping he’d school the pack twice each year and show them what’s what. It’s that bitterness that I believe had to be behind the move to the vikings that makes me dislike him. I could be misjudging his motives, but I can’t imagine playing for a team I’ve been rivals with for a decade+ unless it was to get back at my previous team.

  93. pervyharvin says: Jan 18, 2011 4:33 PM

    oh man, more Favre texting on DeadSpin…..this time with MN masseuse…..he was a perv lol

  94. jimmy1smith says: Jan 18, 2011 5:00 PM

    Try as he might, most Packer fans don’t want anything to do with him anymore. Its not that we are vindictive or unappreciative of his years in GB, its just that he chose sides and his choice was the Vikings. So live with it. And leave us alone.

    As much as I want the Packers to win the Superbowl, my overriding reason is to see the look on Favre’s face when it happens. Just like watching Jerry Jones on the sidelines when his Cowgirls lose a playoff game, the facial expressions are priceless.

    Trust me, Favre will get what he deserves, nothing more, nothing less.

  95. stellarperformance says: Jan 18, 2011 6:15 PM

    jimmy1smith says: Jan 18, 2011 5:00 PM
    …..most Packer fans don’t want anything to do with him anymore. Its not that we are vindictive or unappreciative of his years in GB, its just that he chose sides and his choice was the Vikings. So live with it. And leave us alone.
    —————————————————————–

    This guy gets it.

  96. dwhitehurst says: Jan 18, 2011 7:35 PM

    If not for most Packer fans, then at least for me, all Favre has to do to effectively rehab his image is to offer 3 simple little words: “I AM SORRY.”

    He says that, then he’ll see me at Canton for his induction speech, as I had always planned on doing before his image-shattering…”What? Just because I un-retired 3 times in the same offseason I should be expected to hold a clipboard for Rodgers initially and compete to win back the starting position over time?!”….interview on Greta Van Susternen.

    Of course, Favre then better make sure that for the rest of his life he never ever ignores or walks past me or any other fan he’s signed things for in the past, especially if we are undergoing treatment for some threatening disease. If he does, then his rehabbed image will be tarnished all over again in the press, or at least by certain blog writers who will feel justified in doing so no matter what contextual facts are presented to them. :)

  97. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 18, 2011 10:06 PM

    dwhitehurst says:

    Of course, Favre then better make sure that for the rest of his life he never ever ignores or walks past me or any other fan he’s signed things for in the past, especially if we are undergoing treatment for some threatening disease. If he does, then his rehabbed image will be tarnished all over again in the press, or at least by certain blog writers who will feel justified in doing so no matter what contextual facts are presented to them.
    ____________

    That’s very well said.

    Thankfully, the blogger in question was decent enough to apologize for what he did. Respect to him for that.

  98. jazzytrav says: Jan 18, 2011 10:41 PM

    “Time for you Pack fans to let it go and accept the hand of the Old Gunslinger that gave you a title and put you on the map for years.”

    I realize everyone seems to think this, as I hear it all the time. But just so we’re clear, Favre did not put the Packers “on the map.” Reggie White did. Favre helped to keep the Packers there, but Reggie was the heart and soul of that team up to and through the Super Bowl win.

  99. dwhitehurst says: Jan 18, 2011 11:09 PM

    @Beer Cheese Soup

    Whoa! I didn’t realize an apology had been made when posting my last comment. I now gratefully retract my vindictive as well.

    What a nice-ending to this whole deal for all involved, including us fans!

  100. 1stngoal says: Jan 19, 2011 2:08 PM

    We’ll forgive you Brett. It will take awhile to get rid of the purple stink on your legacy, but when your bust is enshrined in Canton, and your name is added to the Ring of Honor at Lambeau Field, all will be well again…

  101. didiwags says: Jan 20, 2011 2:17 AM

    kiefs85-
    Packer fans may want to deny he was a great football player but statistics shows he was, records shows he was…. Yes many teams have had great QB’s, Packers included, still does not change the fact that YES Favre was a Packer great!! When you are done being small minded and spiteful you will be celebrating that fact!

  102. jason8588 says: Jan 20, 2011 3:57 PM

    Enough already………..if you are a true packer fan like I am you would have gotten over the whole Favre thing 2 years ago. Face it packer fans he is a legend in Green Bay always will be. Green Bay will have #4 retired among the greats at Lambeau. So face it when you go into Lambeau and see Bart Starr, and Paul Horning you will see Brett Favre #4. Put it on the table. You might as well say Favre started his career in the NFL right at Lambeau. He still has a lot of feelings for the fans and for the city. Jesus his kids went to middle and high school there. Just remember the tears we had when he played in Oakland the night after his father died, or when we found out his wife had cancer. How about the smiles on our faces when he brought us to the Superbowl and won. I remember sitting on Shawano Ave in Green Bay watching him with Reggie White holding the trophey out of the bus window. Come on people his is and always will be a great player. I for one think that he will never lose the love he has for all of us packer fans. So to end this I am saying GET OVER IT!!! GROW THE #@*% UP!!

  103. jmeist says: Jan 23, 2011 6:54 PM

    what i love is how favre clears it through ed werder.. What’s he text ed… hey i just told julius peppers to stick it to the packers

    pathetic

  104. waynefontes says: Jan 24, 2011 9:03 AM

    Brett who?

    What happened to all the Rodgers bashers who said he sucked since he never won a playoff game?

    Getting rid of the drama queen was the best thing the Packers have done in a long time.

  105. liquidalfa says: Jan 24, 2011 9:22 PM

    I may be a “Favre hater” but the man’s given us plenty of ammunition.

    The multiple retirements.

    Staying out of training camp while others worked for their team.

    His childish attempts to stick it to the Packers.

    The numerous instances of being a lousy husband to his wife with side line reporters and massage therapists.

    If he had just quietly gone away and acted like a decent human 3 years he wouldn’t be the butt of so many jokes.

  106. packmanfan says: Jan 25, 2011 12:50 AM

    jason8588 says:
    Jan 20, 2011 3:57 PM
    Enough already………..if you are a true packer fan like I am you would have gotten over the whole Favre thing 2 years ago. Face it packer fans he is a legend in Green Bay always will be. Green Bay will have #4 retired among the greats at Lambeau. So face it when you go into Lambeau and see Bart Starr, and Paul Horning you will see Brett Favre #4. Put it on the table. You might as well say Favre started his career in the NFL right at Lambeau. He still has a lot of feelings for the fans and for the city. Jesus his kids went to middle and high school there. Just remember the tears we had when he played in Oakland the night after his father died, or when we found out his wife had cancer. How about the smiles on our faces when he brought us to the Superbowl and won. I remember sitting on Shawano Ave in Green Bay watching him with Reggie White holding the trophey out of the bus window. Come on people his is and always will be a great player. I for one think that he will never lose the love he has for all of us packer fans. So to end this I am saying GET OVER IT!!! GROW THE #@*% UP!!
    ———————————————————-
    Nope. Only true Packers fans will:
    A)Know to put the “s” at the end of Packer to make it Packers.
    B) Not let BrINT Fail off the hook that easily after stabbing the fans in the back and going to the Vikings after being a waffle headed flip flopper.
    Fail is a big time over rated loser who has tarnished his legacy.

  107. packmanfan says: Jan 25, 2011 1:02 AM

    getting rid of that loser was a genius move on the Packers part.
    Thank god, thank god, thank god we now have Aaron Rodgers who is a much much much better QB than BrINT Fraud.

  108. toolkien says: Apr 8, 2011 4:55 PM

    Brett Favre put the Pack on the map? Well he may have helped REMINDING people where they were, but others had a hand in it, and others COULD have helped just as much.

    The Packers’ turnaround actually began in 1989 with Bob Harlan, who took over from Judge Parins as President and CEO of the Packers. The Packers organization needed a lot of pruning and fixing up at that point. Harlan hired Ron Wolf, a very highly regarded personnel guy, who had turned down the GM job in 1987 because the Packers were still too screwed up. So what changed? Harlan’s work from 1989-1991 changed the reality enough for Wolf to take the job on the second offer. A wonderful set of events to illustrate that the Packers organization had made significant changes even BEFORE the Second Coming came in the form of an NFL QB.

    Ron Wolf hired the “girl with the curl” in Mike Holmgren. Without the caliber of Wolf do the Packers even THINK about getting Holmgren? I doubt it. A few years earlier the Packers were jilted by PERLES for crying out loud, getting Holmgren was a bit of a coup. So yet ANOTHER sign that things were already pointing upward BEFORE Mr. Best Thing Since Sliced Bread was acquired. THEN Wolf traded a first rounder to Atlanta for Favre, something, that without the change in management structure – Wolf guaranteed a free hand, that would not likely have happened.

    And THEN the Packers started grabbing those Lombardis, right? Sure, ONE, after 2.5 years of poor play by Her Majesty, a 78.2 QB rating, 46 TD’s and 44 INT’s IN A WEST COAST OFFENSE! And there was Mark Brunell, on the roster, drafted in 1993. I remember Brunell tossing pretty passes in pre-seasons, and I wanted the Favre of mid-94 benched in favor of Brunell. I remember discussing it with a buddy of mine who said I was nuts. As it turned out, the offensive coaching staff had voted to do just that. And Mark Brunell? After being traded to the expansion Jaguars in 1995, and starting after six games, went a respectable 3-7 to finish 1995. From there the Jags, from 1996-1999, went 45-19, went to two AFCCG’s and Brunell went to two pro-bowls. I THINK he just MIGHT have done something just a good as far as map coordination for casual NFL fans as Favre did from 1994-1998, given the Packers’ second best team EVER in 1996. Subtract Favre from the 1996 and add in a two time Pro-bowler taking a relatively new team to two championship games? Yes, I think he would have done just as well, if not better.

    So there were A LOT of people to credit with the Packers’ cartographic upswing, and others who could have accomplished helping out. As far as Favre’s sustain, Brunell might not have been the iron man Favre was, but the Packers then would have had Hasselbeck to take over. People seem to forget that the Packers were pretty much a QB and Head Coaching farm system for the rest of the NFL in the 90′s and early 00′s. If Favre had been benched and sent down to Jacksonville to wilt under the tender loving care of Tom Coughlin, I have very little doubt that the Packers would have been just fine, IF NOT BETTER.

    The issue, people, is actually looking at the road not taken in a fair light. People have made an industry promoting Favre with the “Packers were horrible in the 70′s and 80′s and Favre changed all that” mantra. The facts are that the franchise was already on a fine path by the end of ’91 in the front office, Favre was a building block from ’91 to ’94 to be sure, but the brain trust was so good that Favre was NOT the only option. And that brain trust was decent enough to actually split into two (the Packers and the Seahawks) and kept both teams doing well, until Thompson came back to GB and Seattle faded and the Packers rebouneded from the Sherman/Favre mid 2000′s fade. And now the Packers are back in stride. And Favre hasn’t been around for a thousand days.

    Does anybody else see that of the brain trust/talent pool of -Wolf, Thompson, Holmgren, Favre, Hasselbeck, Rodgers – Thompson, Holmgren, Hasselbeck and Rodgers have all been in Super Bowls, Thompson and Rodgers winning one, while King Favre hasn’t? And the two opportunities he had HE blew with his hands being the last to touch the rock for his team? It seems that those in the Packer history book have done more without Favre than Favre has done without them.

    So who did what as far as placing the NFL finger on “the map”? Personally, I thank Bob Harlan the most.

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