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Favre may be trying to get back in Green Bay’s good graces

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Brett Favre spent 16 seasons as the most popular player in Green Bay, but because of the way he handled his retirements, and his un-retirements, and his two seasons as a quarterback for the division rival Vikings, the last time Favre left Lambeau he was booed off the field.

There’s nothing Favre can ever do to become the kind of beloved figure in Green Bay again that he was during his years with the Packers, but there are some indications that he’s trying to extend an olive branch toward his old team and its fans.

In a piece headlined “Favre is trying to mend fences,” Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that Favre has departed from his past stance of saying little about his successor, Aaron Rodgers, or taking jabs like saying he was surprised it took Rodgers three years to win a Super Bowl. In a recent interview on NFL Network, Favre had nothing but praise for Rodgers.

Aaron Rodgers, I knew when I left, this guy has all the tools,” Favre said. “He can beat you with his feet. He’s got a great arm, extremely accurate, handles the cast around him perfect.”

Those comments alone won’t do enough to heal the rift between Favre and Rodgers, but they’re a step in the right direction. Knowing that hard feelings are still present, the Packers plan to wait a year or two before retiring Favre’s number, but eventually they will. And they should: You can make a good case that Favre was the best Packer ever. Some day, Favre should be welcomed back to Lambeau Field with open arms.

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  1. bigwalt2990 says: Jun 30, 2012 3:31 PM

    Favre needs to mend fences if he wants go get into the HOF early…

  2. spartaninnh says: Jun 30, 2012 3:35 PM

    I’m shocked — SHOCKED, I tell you — that Favre is now trying to curry favor with the populace that idolized him for better than a decade, and now can’t be bothered to look his way, after his replacement has proven to be just as good.

    I can just picture him holding a sign saying, “Will Run Around & Have Fun Just Like a Kid for Fans” outside the Packers’ practice field.

  3. packattack1967 says: Jun 30, 2012 3:36 PM

    We love our former packers..always have..always will. His number retirement will be here soon enough, so will the love.

  4. steelerhypocrite says: Jun 30, 2012 3:36 PM

    If you want to get back in with the GB fans, just shove a brat in your rear end and wear some chedder on your melon…that is your typical Packer fan.

  5. stavreafavre says: Jun 30, 2012 3:41 PM

    He should be welcomed back with polite applause, an appreciation for what he contributed to the team and its history, and a sense of forgiveness – eventually. Open arms? That’ll take a lot longer.

  6. bamasleeper13 says: Jun 30, 2012 3:41 PM

    Not if a lot of people have a say in that! He didn’t have anything good to say about Green Bay when they got tired of his “I’m retired I’m not” BS. He needs to go suck up to the Vikings!

  7. packerbackernj says: Jun 30, 2012 3:41 PM

    Favre doesn’t need to “mend fences” and he never left true packer fans good graces. The guy deserves to be respected as one of the top 10 greatest to play the position and top 3 greatest packers. As per his retirement and unretirement fiasco he was the first casualty of the constant news era of the nfl. get over it. They still blow the favre watch horn on nfl network even though hes clearly in retirement. Get off favre’s johnson, the pics are out there if you truly want it that bad.

  8. sportsjoker says: Jun 30, 2012 3:43 PM

    No he doesn’t. He’s a first ballot HOFamer. No questions asked.

  9. pocketjacks00799 says: Jun 30, 2012 3:44 PM

    Bart Starr 3 NFL Championships 1961,1962 & 1965.
    2 Super Bowls # I & II

    Total of 5 championships for Green Bay.

    Brett Favre 1 Super Bowl.

    How could Brett Favre be the greatest Packer ever?

  10. packerbackernj says: Jun 30, 2012 3:46 PM

    If you’re a true packer fan, and you hold any animosity towards the man, you’re not a true packer fan. Aaron Rodger’s has healed any wounds Brett Favre’s playing with the Vikings created.

  11. swilliams82 says: Jun 30, 2012 3:46 PM

    …or just, stay retired.

  12. jbaxt says: Jun 30, 2012 3:52 PM

    Favre could’ve went to the Bronco’s to try and get another superbowl be he’s already a surefire hall of famer and he didn’t want to play running back…

  13. packerbackernj says: Jun 30, 2012 3:54 PM

    “Bart Starr 3 NFL Championships 1961,1962 & 1965.
    2 Super Bowls # I & II

    Total of 5 championships for Green Bay.

    Brett Favre 1 Super Bowl.

    How could Brett Favre be the greatest Packer ever?”

    Not to mention the biggest play bart starr is known for is a QB sneak.

  14. boothlustig says: Jun 30, 2012 3:56 PM

    Favre played 16 years for the Packers with talent, toughness, ego, faults and insecurity. Favre leads GB to the ’07 Title Game and then Thompson decides to move on. Goes with Rodgers who had played 6 quarters in three years. Does Ted Thompson have guts?

    It was a great move for both. Favre earns about $50mill from the Jets and Vikes. Thompson knew that Favre could still play and that Minn was the perfect team for him. Why else the 2008 three number 1 penalty if the Jets traded him to Minn? Thompson gets a 3rd rounder for Favre and packages it in a trade on draft day 2009 with NE for Clay Matthews.

    Favre ends up on Minn in 2009 and kicks GB’s butt for 2 games. GB comes back in 2010 and kicks Favre’s Minn butt for 2 games and wins a Super Bowl.

    If Favre does not return to football in 2008 , GB may not have Matthews. Rodgers shows he is special with how he deals with pressure in ’08 opener in GB. Rodgers was not a great QB in 2005 and 2006. But he shut up, learned his craft, changed his throwing motion, got bigger, stronger, matured, figured out the West Coast offense, watched Favre and did not have to get beaten up the way Smith did in SF 2005 or the way Aikman did in Dall in 1989 or the way Favre did in 2005 and 2006 when Thompson rebuilt the offensive lines.

    Favre’s indecisiveness[I am retired. No wait. I want to play. You dont think I can play well then just watch me] worked out worked out well for both sides and it sure seemed to generate interest for the national media. It got tiresome the ’365 day make it stop’ updates but if he were not a good player doing things after age 37 that no QB had ever done, no one would have cared and no media outlet would have bothered.

  15. cuda1234 says: Jun 30, 2012 3:57 PM

    Packer fans have always loved Favre – in spite of the media trying to tell us he’s a bad guy.

  16. rayguyreturns says: Jun 30, 2012 3:58 PM

    Time heals all wounds.
    Marcus Allen played for the Chiefs, but he will always be a Raider.
    Favre will always be a Packer.

  17. bucfandango says: Jun 30, 2012 4:05 PM

    Uhhh, yuh think?

    No matter how it ended, Brett was a warrior until the end, and is one of the all time greats.

    Brett needs Green Bay and they need him. The Football Gods have deemed it.

  18. coltsluckdynasty says: Jun 30, 2012 4:06 PM

    I actually think he might be giving the proper analysis of the games best quarterback. He was asked a question, and he answered it. What was he going to do? Lie, and say he thought Aaron Rodgers is flawed? That’s like in a couple of years when Peyton manning is sitting down answering questions. Tell us Peyton, did you think Andrew Luck would be this amazing after 2 years in the league? Yes prime, I knew it all along, that’s why he is now far and above every quarterback in the league. Didn’t you read irsay’s tweet? “we had feeling bout luck,name the former #1mvp Qb in 2011, 4 a Toyota corolla, and a luck helmet with secret message.”

  19. mediasloppy says: Jun 30, 2012 4:07 PM

    “Aaron Rodgers, I knew when I left, this guy has all the tools,” Favre said. “He can beat you with his feet. He’s got a great arm, extremely accurate, handles the cast around him perfect.”
    —————————————
    This is pretty much exactly what he said in the past. He said he was surprised Rogers took 3 years to win a Super Bowl for those exact reasons. It’s how the media puts it in context that matters.

    Favre was traded. He didn’t leave the Packers on his own.

  20. jimmysee says: Jun 30, 2012 4:10 PM

    The prodigal son.

    (Or is it the prodigal son of a ——–?)

  21. jason49er says: Jun 30, 2012 4:32 PM

    Of course Bart Starr played in a non-salary cap era where there was only like 15 teams or something, with like a dozen hall of famers…makes it a little more easier to win 5 titles dontcha think?

  22. 7ransponder says: Jun 30, 2012 4:35 PM

    Seems Pack fans, at least from reading the comments here, are still pretty torn about this subject. The timing may never be right and if they follow through with this, I expect a very loud chorus of boos from the crowd at the number retirement ceremony.

  23. In the Weeds says: Jun 30, 2012 4:36 PM

    No one in the Media convinced me that he was a “bad guy.” That is
    simple-minded Shill-gibberish.
    whatzizname convinced Me (and about 50 million other NFL fans) of that all by
    himself.

    It amazes me that some people actually believe that they somehow have
    The Inside on what a “real fan” is.
    Actually, saying that just makes Them look Real Stupid.
    Few people bring up how many Packers put their careers on the line
    every week to keep whatzizname out of the morgue.
    Playing longer doesn’t mean he was better–just luckier.

    Then he goes way beyond himself to stick it to the franchise (and the
    fans) who made him who he was.

    The Greatest Packer Ever?
    Ever hear of Bart Starr?

  24. mwindle1973 says: Jun 30, 2012 4:37 PM

    Best Packer ever?? C’mon! You pay too much attention to big stats. You have to view stats within the context of the rules and times the player accrued the stats in. For example a case can be made that Bart Starr was more dominant in his time than Favre was in his own. If you pit Starr against his contemporaries and Favre against his, Starr dominates his era. When you view stats, particularly QB rating against the league avg, and what % a QB was above or below the avg in a given year, you get a different view. At the top will be names like Sammy Baugh, Otto Graham, Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Roger Staubach, Ken Anderson, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Peyton Manning. All the other names you’d expect are there too…but after these guys. Most of the QBs above get credit but not what they are due. Guys like Favre are getting it instead. One of the guys above, Ken Anderson, is not even in the Hall. But anyway Favre greatest Packer…no. I got Starr & Forrest Gregg above him, and I gave it 5 minutes thought I’d probably put another 4-5 guys on the list first.

  25. 1122world says: Jun 30, 2012 4:38 PM

    Rogers won’t ever be Farve and the GB fans won’t ever have a qb like Farve again.

    And all the other if’s and buts don’t mean a thing.

    Fans were truly sad to see him go.

    Rogers will never give them the years toughness or competition Farve did.

    Man was a legend before he was even done.

  26. patriots123456 says: Jun 30, 2012 4:55 PM

    Why doesn’t he go back to the Jets.

    Surely the circus could use a third starting quarterback.

  27. In the Weeds says: Jun 30, 2012 4:56 PM

    1122world: Nice, fluffy speech.
    Boy, the Favre Shills are Out Today!
    I am guessing you believe he did it all by himself, eh?
    Like he did it without the linemen who kept him alive and the receivers who somehow caught his passes, or the defenses that stopped teams after he turned it over, or the runningbacks who never seemed to gain yardage, right?
    No trainers or coaches ever helped your idol, right?
    He screwed each and every one of them For Years, along with each and ever Packer Fan.
    These are not ifs and buts–and the only fans who were “sad” to see him go were those who enjoyed his Jerry-Springer-type of existence.

  28. beerbratscheese says: Jun 30, 2012 5:00 PM

    As “true” Packers fan, I honestly appreciate everything he did FOR the team and the city while he was here.

    As a “true” Packers fan, I honestly despise everything he did TO the team and the city after he left.

    Openly admitting that part of the reason he played for the Vikings was to spite the Packers: unforgivable. Telling Brian Urlacher that he hopes the Bears beat the Packers at the end of 2010 to knock them out of the playoffs: unforgivable.

    Brett Favre publocally apologizing to the fans will be a good start, buts that’s all it will be: a start.

  29. bjmroch says: Jun 30, 2012 5:16 PM

    Packer Fans… Viking Fan here. Thanks for borrowing us Favre… he gave us an exciting year, a taste of what you have been experiencing for decades. To win that second SB would have been a beautiful way to retire, on his best statistical season… but it was never meant to be. Unfortunately, probably the closest we’ll get for some time.

    Favre will always be a Packer… despite where he spent his last 3 years. Montana spent his last 2 in KC, anyone remember him as other than the great 49er leader?

    Welcome him home, and make him a first-ballot HOF’er. He deserves that.

  30. buccaroo989 says: Jun 30, 2012 5:17 PM

    Hard to see how a true Packer fan could carry a grudge against Brett. He brought a lot of great memories to us over the years and had more talent and charisma than all but a very few in his era.
    Also nothing against Rogers but lets see him in a few years before we compare his career against Brett’s. One of the great iron men of sports and a large part of the fan base seems to be comparing he and Rodgers over the last three years of Brett’s long career as though all of the others , superbowls, hall of fame caliber, playoff runs, Monday night magic etc games never happened.

  31. tonyc920 says: Jun 30, 2012 5:27 PM

    bigwalt2990 says:Jun 30, 2012 3:31 PM

    Favre needs to mend fences if he wants go get into the HOF early
    ——————————————————
    Cmon’ ? So you want him to kiss your arce ??
    I don’t think so, and furthermore he doesn’t need to. If you think about it, the Packers shuffled him out of town when he thought he still had something to give yet. The trash talk I didn’t appreciate either, but let’s not take it so personal ! I’ll bet the 2013 class for the Packers H.O.F. includes Brett and the next year his jersey will be retired and his number placed in the bowl along with the other greats.

  32. fm31970 says: Jun 30, 2012 5:35 PM

    Tough situation for Packers fans to be in- “welcome back” one of the greatest players in franchise, and greatest QBs in NFL history, or…wait, what’s the argument against?

    Four years after his retirement they will hold a ceremony at Lambeau, and Brett will be welcomed back with open arms. Time heals all wounds, and this was isn’t really all that deep. He’s nowhere near as classy as Bart Starr, but on the field he was just as good, and should be remembered– and cheered– for that. Brett will get his moment in the sun, and hopefully he will take away some humility from the experience.

  33. packhawk04 says: Jun 30, 2012 5:37 PM

    I dont think he was trying to mend fences. i think he truly felt that about rodgers. If he praises mccarthy or thompson, then youll have your story

  34. slippery1 says: Jun 30, 2012 5:38 PM

    Favre the best Packer of all time?? I think not. He wasn’t even the best player on that Super Bowl team. (Reggie White anyone?) I could probably come up with a few other Packers that should be named before Favre……Starr, Gregg, Taylor, even Reggie for the short time he was in Green Bay. If you are going by just stats tho, Don Hutson would probably rank right up there too. Favre was fun to watch, but remember, he lost as many crucial games for the Pack as he won.

  35. beerbratscheese says: Jun 30, 2012 5:47 PM

    Please, stop saying Rodgers will never have the career Favre had. Of course he won’t. Nobody will. Montana, Young, marino, Elway, Brady, Manning; none of them had a career like Favre either, yet arguments could be made that they were all better QBs.

    Rodgers will not have a career like Favre, that is certain. But, in Rodgers’ defense, faver never had a season like Rodgers did last year. Rodgers still has plenty of tread on his tires and I’m anxious to see how far he’ll get.

    Rodgers doesn’t have the charisma or the arm strength of Favre, but his arm is plenty strong, and he [plays much smarter than Brett ever did, so there is every reason to believe he will have a more successful career, albeit, not as long.

  36. pencepost says: Jun 30, 2012 5:59 PM

    The Vikings should retire Favre’s number, just to stick it to the Packers.

  37. stevenfbrackett says: Jun 30, 2012 6:01 PM

    Of course they should retire Favre’s number….. the year after they retire Aaron Rodgers’.

    He may have been a great player at times but he was a lousy teammate and not a particularly good man. Let him wait awhile and stew on that. Maybe he will learn to be gracious in time to make his last retirement speech. Before he unretires again.

  38. dobberdubinsky says: Jun 30, 2012 6:05 PM

    Packerbackernj said:

    If you’re a true packer fan, and you hold any animosity towards the man, you’re not a true packer fan. Aaron Rodger’s has healed any wounds Brett Favre’s playing with the Vikings created.

    ————————

    So I guess you’re saying the whole 60000 seat stadium of Lamblow who booed Favre relentlessly for two games when he returned aren’t true Packers fans. I think a few of them may argue with you on that one.

     

  39. 49erstim says: Jun 30, 2012 6:23 PM

    Who’s crying now? Come on Green Bay! Please Don’t Stop Believing in Brett Favre! You know that he is Forever Yours…Faithfully! So as long as the Wheel in the Sky keeps on turning you should just await Favre with Open Arms.

  40. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 30, 2012 6:31 PM

    Farve may be the best regular season QB in NFL history. But post season? Joe Average at best. In addition to his lame won-lost record in the playoffs, think about “his” only Super Bowl win. Yep, a kick returner was the MVP! It took Aaron Rodgers just 3 years as a starter to surpass Farve’s legacy.

  41. houndog50 says: Jun 30, 2012 6:40 PM

    bjmroch says: Jun 30, 2012 5:16 PM

    Packer Fans… Viking Fan here. Thanks for borrowing us Favre… he gave us an exciting year, a taste of what you have been experiencing for decades.
    ===============================
    Thanks for “borrowing” us Favre? We didn’t LOAN you anything, the snake slithered his way to Minnesota all by himself! But yes, he did give you a taste of what we had experienced many many times, and that would be the biggest games of nearly every year ending in a Favre interception! How’s it feel? Don’t thank us Packer Fans, he did us a favor by “helping” you find out how it feels to have your excitement (and a season) shattered by his stupidity!

  42. fdugrad says: Jun 30, 2012 6:57 PM

    I do not have any dog in this fight. I have nothing for or against Packers or Mr. Favre, however it seems as though there quite a few thumbs down.

  43. chi01town says: Jun 30, 2012 7:02 PM

    Farve is RICH thanks to the packers
    an he is going to the HOF again thank the packers.. But Farve dont have to kiss up to the packers.. Thanks to his OWN NUMBERS, he can retire a VIKING an the fans in Minnesota would love it an so would I… But u cant tell that to a packers fan cause they think Green bay is going to the hall with Farve an mabe Farve has a plan to go in PURPLE, Maybe Farve wants green bay to kiss up to him…REMEMBER
    FARVE IS GOD… HA HA HA

  44. packfaninchitown says: Jun 30, 2012 7:17 PM

    For 17 years Favre was our hero…period. Practically EVERY Packer fan had at least one #4 jersey, most of us had 2-3. We idolized him when he played the Raiders in 2003 after Irvin died.

    We cringed and groaned but loved him anyway when he threw all the interceptions.

    Which is why when he started pulling his prima donna crap it hurt all the more.

    Favre simply couldn’t handle Thompson’s style of leadership. Sherman made a lot of decisions after asking Brett, Thompson made it clear Favre was the player and he was the GM, and Favre simply couldn’t handle it. Read the Andrew Brandt article about how livid Favre got when they didn’t bring in his beloved Randy Moss.

    In the end, in the midst of a temper tantrum of spectacular proportions, Favre QUIT. He wasn’t gotten rid of, he wasn’t traded, he QUIT.

    So long, thanks 4 all the memories. It was exciting to think about what the Rodgers era would bring.

    Then, according to Favre, all he heard were crickets, and that bothered him all the more.

    What we were left with was an angry, bitter man whose biggest crime was believing his own hype.

    He came back angry, demanding an outright release so he could go play for the Vikings and “stick it to us.” Instead he was traded to the Jets and embarrassed himself all the more by sexting a woman nearly half his age.

    Sure he was a hero, but he was also an angry child who tried to “stick it to the Packers” every chance he got.

    But I guess we should all be “true” Packer fans and only remember the good stuff….

    Time heals all wounds, and there will come a day when we can embrace Favre again for all the good he meant to our team.

    Just not today…

  45. houndog50 says: Jun 30, 2012 7:18 PM

    49erstim says: Jun 30, 2012 6:23 PM

    Who’s crying now? Come on Green Bay! Please Don’t Stop Believing in Brett Favre! You know that he is Forever Yours…Faithfully! So as long as the Wheel in the Sky keeps on turning you should just await Favre with Open Arms.
    ============================
    Spoken like a true Niner fan! The wheel in the sky stopped turning before you started doing drugs Tim! My Basset Hound knows more about football than 95% of Niner fans. I live in the Bay Area, I’ve been to Niner’s games, trust me! Most of them don’t know the difference between a football and a basketball, I mean hey, they’re both balls, right?

  46. lambeauandlombardi says: Jun 30, 2012 7:33 PM

    pencepost says:
    Jun 30, 2012 5:59 PM

    The Vikings should retire Favre’s number, just to stick it to the Packers.

    ……………………………………………………………………………

    Yes, please place his jersey number right next to all of those Lombardi trophies- that will really stick it to the Packers.

  47. otis52gsh says: Jun 30, 2012 7:39 PM

    The packer fans owe him nothing after his childish actions toward the fans of Green Bay. To go to a division rival like that, and make those type of comments shows he cares about nobody but Brett.

  48. atthemurph says: Jun 30, 2012 7:47 PM

    Favre was pissed because the Packers sh!tcanned him in favor of a guy who had not played more than a few quarters.

    He is the ultimate competitor and could not handle being told he wasn’t the guy. The Packers told him to retire and move on but he wanted to prove them wrong.

    As a Packers fan I see nothing wrong with that. GB needed to give Rodgers a shot because Favre had proven he wouldn’t win another championship. He had his chances in the 2000s and couldn’t get it done. The team told him to hang it up and he did for a while but his pride got the better of him.

    Again I have no problems with that. He went to NYJ and could get it done, he went to MN and couldn’t get it done and he quit. The Packers were right and Favre gave it his best shot but couldn’t close the deal.

    Maybe he now realizes that Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy were right in the end. As a fan of the green and gold I know they were right because the proof is in the pudding. Added the 13th Championship and have a shot at another.

  49. ericn42000 says: Jun 30, 2012 7:57 PM

    Farve whoops I just messed my RV up

  50. 49erstim says: Jun 30, 2012 8:02 PM

    @hounddog50…. C’Mon man…. I post something using the titles of Journey songs and it somehow offends you? Would you like a more serious take on the issue?

    Favre has done this to himself. The way he unretired after the Packers had already handed the reins over to Rodgers and just expected the Pack to be ecstatic and welcome him back was ridiculous at best. Favre became such a “me” guy at the end of his career and in his attempt to stick it to the organization he alienated the fans. It will take more than a few kind words in an interview to regain the respect of the fanbase. Joe Montana was a professional as he was moved to KC.. You could tell he felt betrayed by the 9ers organization, but Joe Cool is ALL class.

    Was that okay? Maybe if you wrote something out for me and I could copy and paste it…. Huh? Get over yourself.

  51. melraid says: Jun 30, 2012 8:03 PM

    Best Packer every? How ridiculous. I wish they had dumped Favre 5 years earlier. He peaked at the Super Bowl years, and lived off his reputation the rest of his career. I’m in favor of electing him most overrated Packer ever.

  52. packfaninchitown says: Jun 30, 2012 8:04 PM

    The Packers told him to retire and move on but he wanted to prove them wrong.
    ______________________________
    The Packers didn’t tell him anything, he retired on his own accord when he didn’t get his way.

  53. badgerbob says: Jun 30, 2012 8:07 PM

    The Vikings should retire Favre’s number, just to stick it to the Packers.

    ……………………………………………………………………………

    Q: When a Viking fan makes a fist and shakes it back and forth at you, what is he doing?

    A: Showing you all of the championship rings he’s won.

  54. cincinnasti says: Jun 30, 2012 8:09 PM

    Aaron Rodgers played the last two seasons better than any two seasons of Favre’s 20 year career.. When it’s all said and done Rodgers will have brought more Championships to Green Bay in a shorter amount of time..

  55. buckybadger says: Jun 30, 2012 8:30 PM

    I never had that big a problem with Favre. Most of what has been said has been blown way out or proportion. Whom I don’t forgive are the “Favre” fans who rooted against the Packers than wanted back on the bandwagon just a few weeks later when they where making their Super Bowl run. Sorry you don’t turn your back on your team.

  56. badgerbob says: Jun 30, 2012 8:46 PM

    The Vikings should retire Favre’s number, just to stick it to the Packers.

    ……………………………………………………………………………

    Q: When a Viking fan makes a fist and shakes it back and forth at you, what is he doing?

    A: Showing you all of the championship rings he’s won.

  57. beerbratscheese says: Jun 30, 2012 9:39 PM

    atthemurph says: Jun 30, 2012 7:47 PM

    Favre was pissed because the Packers sh!tcanned him in favor of a guy who had not played more than a few quarters.
    —————————————————-

    Sh!tcanned is an interesting word here. Favre, after years of contemplating retirement, finally calls it quits. Gives a tear-felt retirement speech and the Packers take him serious. Then, several months later, Favre calls them up and says he still wants to play. Once again, the Packers take him at his word, fuel up a jet to fly down to Mississippi to pick him up, only to get another call from Brett saying he wants to stay retired. Once again, the Packers take him at his word and name Aaron Rodgers as the starter.

    Then, after months of Rodgers taking snaps with the #1 offense, Favre says he wants to play again….but this time he means it. Now, what are the Packers to do? Should they believe him again or treat this as the boy who cried wolf? Well, they compromised. They told him that if he was serious, if he really meant it this time, he could come in and compete for the starting spot.

    If he was the Brett Favre who truly wanted to play, obviously he’d win the starting spot because hey, he’s Brett Favre. If he was j@cking the team again, he’d most likely find himself riding the pine. It was his choice. Instead of Favre deciding to accept the challenge, he demanded an immediate release.

    So…with those being the facts, who actually gave up on who?

  58. ernie ernie says: Jun 30, 2012 9:57 PM

    Its time he grows up. His game is over and has been over and its way past his time to start to understand that Green Bay and the fans were dam good to him for a lot of years.

  59. chi01town says: Jun 30, 2012 9:59 PM

    In Green bay Farve is God REMEMBER.. HA HA HA, so packers fans.. In 4 years Farve will go to the HOF with Green bay OR WITH OUT green bay by his side, an I would just LOVE to see him with a PURPLE HELMET sitting in front of him…ha ha that would be just what green bay deserve for turning there backs on there God. I think green bay should kiss up to Farve an hope hes not thinking what um thinking LOL!!!!

  60. beerbratscheese says: Jun 30, 2012 10:12 PM

    chi01town says: Jun 30, 2012 9:59 PM

    …..I would just LOVE to see him with a PURPLE HELMET
    —————————————-

    I bet you would. Hey, do whatever feels natural. However, no player goes into the HOF as a memeber of one team. That’s not how it works in the NFL.

    In other words, Mike Singletary will go into the HOF as a LB, not a Bear or a 49er because he was head coach. Favre will go in as a QB, not as a Packer or a Jet or a Viking. Pure ands simple.

  61. tebowsafraud says: Jun 30, 2012 10:34 PM

    For those stupid enough to try to equate Favre with Starr it’s time to put down the crack pipe.

    It takes a lot—and I mean a lot—for any former Packer of that level to burn his bridges with the fan base.

    Starr will always be revered / Favre tolerated.

  62. jonny42671 says: Jun 30, 2012 10:39 PM

    @boothlustig….I have read a lot of posts on this site, but yours is the best I have seen. I really hope all Packet and Viking fans will read that, if they do and still have hard feelings towards Favre, they are not football fans!!

  63. packfaninchitown says: Jun 30, 2012 10:49 PM

    No player goes into the HOF as a memeber of one team. That’s not how it works in the NFL.
    ___________________________________
    Quite right. Players DO retire as a member of a team however, which is why many players will get the honorary 1-day contract.

    Favre retired as a Packer…
    Then he retired as a Jet…
    Then he finally retired as a Viking…

  64. thayer57 says: Jun 30, 2012 11:04 PM

    Favre was better than Rodgers. That franchise had been terrible for a number of years before GB stumbled upon him. Table was set for Mr. Rodgers

  65. thayer57 says: Jun 30, 2012 11:13 PM

    Favre was better than Rodgers. That franchise had been terrible for a number of years before they stumbled upon Favre. Table was set for Rodgers.

  66. dwhitehurst says: Jun 30, 2012 11:30 PM

    Inducting Favre into the Packers HOF in a couple years? Yes, absolutely.

    Retiring Favre’s number? Absolutely not, unless he offers a descript apology. Or alternatively, retire it, then unretire it, then retire it, then unretire it, all within the span of 5 months. That would be acceptable.

  67. contra74 says: Jun 30, 2012 11:32 PM

    badgerbob says:Jun 30, 2012 8:07 PM

    The Vikings should retire Favre’s number, just to stick it to the Packers.

    ……………………………………………………………………………

    Q: When a Viking fan makes a fist and shakes it back and forth at you, what is he doing?

    A: Showing you all of the championship rings he’s won.
    —–
    The Vikings have won 1 championship.

    Note that I said the Vikings, not the Vikings fans. You havent won anything, the team did. Owning a ‘share’ in your team does not entitle you to say you also have a ring.

  68. stairwayto7 says: Jul 1, 2012 7:18 PM

    Packer fans are idiots! They will welcome him back! Here is what I remember about Favre:
    - Lost a Super Bowl
    - Abused pain killers
    - All time leader in ints
    - Playoff choker
    - Texted his junk to Jenn Sterger ( which means he probably cheated on her)
    - And finally had the ball taken off his hands by a fan running onto the field in Cincinnati!

  69. lambeauandlombardi says: Jul 1, 2012 8:10 PM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Jul 1, 2012 7:18 PM

    Packer fans are idiots! They will welcome him back! Here is what I remember about Favre:
    - Lost a Super Bowl
    - Abused pain killers
    - All time leader in ints
    - Playoff choker
    - Texted his junk to Jenn Sterger ( which means he probably cheated on her)
    - And finally had the ball taken off his hands by a fan running onto the field in Cincinnati!

    …………………………………………………………………………..

    Given who you have for a QB, I would be careful who I called idiots and would be cautious about pointing out another player`s shortcomings. Ever noticed how when you are climbing a long set of stairs, for every step you climb it seems like 2 more get added on? As I told you before, you better take the escaltor.

  70. lbpackfan says: Jul 1, 2012 8:37 PM

    contra74 -

    Ahhh yes, the Vikings have a “championship”…an NFL championship in 1969…before losing the last game of the year to Kansas City.

    Let us clarify:

    Q: When a Viking fan makes a fist and shakes it back and forth at you, what is he doing?

    A: Showing you all of the WORLD championship rings he’s won.

  71. 15to12 says: Jul 1, 2012 9:37 PM

    Brent who?

    The team can do what it wants. It is what it is at this point with the fans and they will collectively never look at hi the same as Bart Starr or Willie wood or paul hornung or any other living legends.

    If you think otherwise you are mistaken or not a packer fan.

  72. jayquintana says: Jul 1, 2012 11:12 PM

    “I’m for letting bygones be bygones, ” said Packers GM, Ted Thomson. “We’re planning on retiring Brent’s number. In the future, no Packer will ever wear number 3 again.”

  73. hodaghunter says: Jul 2, 2012 12:40 PM

    Mark my words, when the Packers retire Favre’s number at a Packer game, the FANS will cheer for him, they will stand up and applaud everything he has done for the city and the franchise. Favre will also admit he made errors in judgement up to his final years and offer an apology to the fans. Just like that all the bad feelings and ill will will be gone.
    Yeah we boo’d him off the field when he played for the Vikings… cause we’re PACKER fans. Not Viking fans. I cheer for my team and boo the guys wearing a different jersey every time. I don’t care how many years you spent on my team. I don’t want my team losing to yours ever.

  74. hodaghunter says: Jul 2, 2012 12:43 PM

    thayer57 says:
    Jun 30, 2012 11:04 PM
    Favre was better than Rodgers. That franchise had been terrible for a number of years before GB stumbled upon him. Table was set for Mr. Rodgers

    Green Bay did not “stumble” upon him. Ron Wolf wanted Favre so bad he gave up a first rounder for a guy that was picked in the 2nd round. In addition, Ron Wolf brought in Mike Holmgren and the Minister of the Defense, Mr. Reggie White. Ron Wolf set up the team and the franchise, not Favre. Give credit where credit is due please.

  75. thayer57 says: Jul 3, 2012 1:29 AM

    I simply stated my belief that Favre was better than Rodgers. Wasnt arguing about Ron Wolfs clear cut superhero abilities to be able to see that a drunk underachieving 2nd rounder would blossom into a HOFer.

  76. thayer57 says: Jul 3, 2012 4:18 AM

    I simply stated my belief that Favre was better than Rodgers. Wasnt arguing about Ron Wolfs clear cut superhero abilities to be able to see that a drunk underachieving 2nd rounder would blossom into a HOFer.

  77. ybo1 says: Jul 5, 2012 3:38 PM

    I am by no means a packer fan, but I do believe that Favre will be welecomed by Packer fans sooner then later. After all most of the BS that went on was between Favre and the mangement not the fans. Yeah, the fans were pretty hard on him, I think too hard, but I do see them flocking back when Brett goes in the HOF, regretting they burned thier jerseys.

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