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Murphy says Rodgers deal “priority,” Favre truce coming

Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers AP

Packers team president Mark Murphy wants to do a pair of quarterback deals, and sounded optimistic about getting them done sooner rather than later.

While addressing a group of Packers reporters at the league meetings, Murphy acknowledged that the Packers are working on a long-term deal for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, which would likely be done before the start of the season.

It’s a priority,” Murphy said, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I think as an organization, I think we all want to see that get done.”

Murphy didn’t offer much in the way of specifics on timing, deferring to negotiator Russ Ball (who they don’t allow to talk to reporters).

A new deal for Rodgers will almost certainly make him the highest-paid player in the league, as his $9.75 million salary this year looks paltry by comparison to what Joe Flacco just received (six years, $120.6 million).

A deal with the guy Rodgers replaced won’t be nearly as expensive, at least in terms of money.

Murphy said he hoped they were getting closer to having Brett Favre return, so they could retire his number.

The frost between Favre and the team seemed to be thawing when he appeared together with Rodgers at the NFL Honors the week of the Super Bowl.

“I thought that was great,” Murphy said. “It was kind of a good first step. And our intent all along is we want to bring him back into the family and retire his number. He deserves it. . . .

“I don’t want to put a deadline on it, but it’s going to happen. It’s got to be sitting down, the organization, whether it’s myself or others, sitting down with him and working on the timing on it.”

When he says it like that, it almost makes the two tasks sound easy to pull off.

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  1. mec693 says: Mar 19, 2013 3:39 PM

    to think that old man was starting for a professional football team 3 short seasons ago.. who says age is a factor?

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 19, 2013 3:39 PM

    It seems fair since Favre retired the Packers from the public eye when he left the team.

  3. shaggytoodle says: Mar 19, 2013 3:41 PM

    My guess is timing will be similar to the first extension.

    They are going to start work on the structure and all that stuff now.

    Deal will hopefully be signed about mid-way of the season.

  4. nineroutsider says: Mar 19, 2013 3:45 PM

    I’m pretty sure that Farve thawed out a long time ago; it was Rodgers, the team, and the fans that still needed to thaw a little longer. Rodgers seemed to take the first steps for the Packers organization and everyone else will follow his lead shortly. Farve deserves a huge ovation from the fans and I hope he gets it; they are solid fans up there and I’m sure he will.

    It doesn’t hurt that the Packers won a Super Bowl after all of that and Farve really didn’t do much to the Packers except a few regular season wins. It should be water under the bridge for everyone now.

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 19, 2013 3:51 PM

    A-Rodg could care less about Flacco’s contract (or Favre for that matter) – he just wants to know how to get all that press and camera-time Flacco’s been getting.

  6. staticphear says: Mar 19, 2013 3:51 PM

    I’m no Packer fan but didn’t Favre purposly want to play for a team in the Packer’s division so he could beat them?

    Combine that with the “trouser” phone pics and maybe you shouldn’t be retiring his number and plastering his name all over your stadium.

    Some things are better off forgetting.

  7. dragonfly99 says: Mar 19, 2013 3:53 PM

    I still believe Favre holds a major grudge against the organization that he played the majority of his career. I think the Packers moved on a long time ago. I just read an article today on nfl.com that Brett convinced Greg Jennings to sign with the Vikings.

  8. flavordave says: Mar 19, 2013 3:54 PM

    the Packers main priority should be how to stop Chip Kelly’s intricate 11 headed offensive monster machine world domination tour 2013. Chip is set to bring a world of hurt and shock the world. And theres simply nothing you can do about it

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 19, 2013 3:54 PM

    I think Rodgers and the rest of the organization quickly proved they didn’t need the old man to win another Lombardi trophy.

    And then Favre proved to the world that he was a creepy perv. His legacy completely fell apart after he became a Viking, which surprises very few.

  10. deltaoracle says: Mar 19, 2013 3:55 PM

    Time doesn’t heal all wounds but it does at least scab them over. Packer fans now mostly realize that Favre going to the wrong side of the river in the long run only prolonged the agony of all the Heidis. It gave them hope and joy and then took it away again very cruelly.
    Murphy and Ball can be trusted with the Rodgers part of this deal. Former president Bob Harlan should handle much of the Favre reconciliation. He is much more a “people person” (and Packer person) than Murphy.

  11. steelerben says: Mar 19, 2013 3:55 PM

    “Murphy said he hoped they were getting closer to having Brett Favre return, so they could retire his number.”

    Look for a story from ESPN saying that, “per a source the Green Bay Packers are thinking about a return from Brett Farve.” #Farvewatch2013

  12. jjb0811 says: Mar 19, 2013 3:57 PM

    Hopefully Favre will throw another pick 6!

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 19, 2013 3:58 PM

    Who’s the skinny little guy with Brett Favre in that picture? Is that his accountant?

  14. scoops1 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:00 PM

    When they do retire Favre’s #4…he will thrown one more TD pass….to Sterling Sharpe

  15. contra74 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:02 PM

    Murphy says Rodgers deal “priority,” Favre truce coming
    —-
    Truce!? More like an apology to Brett!

  16. mvp43 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:04 PM

    flavordave says:
    Mar 19, 2013 3:54 PM
    the Packers main priority should be how to stop Chip Kelly’s intricate 11 headed offensive monster machine world domination tour 2013. Chip is set to bring a world of hurt and shock the world. And theres simply nothing you can do about it

    ——————————————-

    Chip will soon find out he probably should’ve stayed in college.

  17. bla bla bla says: Mar 19, 2013 4:05 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Mar 19, 2013 3:39 PM
    It seems fair since Favre retired the Packers from the public eye when he left the team.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    If by “retired from the public eye” you mean won a Superbowl and had a lot of great seasons you’re correct. If you meant something else you need to stop eating the paint chips from the windowsills.

  18. dwarftosser says: Mar 19, 2013 4:05 PM

    Speaking as a passionate Packer fan – let’s get Aaron’s deal done ASAP. As far as #4 goes, I’m not inclined to want to honor him right now.. maybe that will change in 5 years, maybe not.

  19. s0fakingawes0me says: Mar 19, 2013 4:06 PM

    I’ve got to admit, have Favre as a viking showed one thing we have not had in years. A consistent good quarterback for more than a couple of years. Imagine if we had a QB like that for 10 seasons+ in Minnesota. I hope if Ponder isn’t the one we find him, but I still have faith in Ponder..

  20. packattack1967 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:07 PM

    The only think we love as much as current Packers are old Packers. Looking forward to having you around Brett.

  21. vikes49 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:07 PM

    The frost sure was thawing as Brett sat with Leslie and AD, Or should I say MVPeterson! SKOL!!

  22. chillyball says: Mar 19, 2013 4:07 PM

    I can’t wait for Brett to go into the HOF on a Vikings jersey just so he can stick it to the Fudgepack for eternity.

    Oh, and the new contract for Arog will be the kiss of death. Bring it on.

    Skol Vikings!

  23. jdhein22 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:10 PM

    It is time to retire Paul Hornung’s #5. He was promised that it would be retired by Vince Lombardi. And Lombardi announced it to the press. Specifically, he made the announcement on July 10, 1967, at what was then the Packers’ annual press party at the Oneida Golf and Riding Club. And the top headline in the sports section of the Green Bay Press-Gazette the following day read:

    “Vince Tabs Hyland Potential Starter, Retires Paul’s ‘5’ “

  24. SilentMajority says: Mar 19, 2013 4:11 PM

    You know what would be really awesome? If the Vikings hurried up and retired the number 4, and elected Favre into the Vikings Hall of Fame! Those packer fans would be just pissed…

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:13 PM

    In Brett Favre’s time as a Viking, two things stood tall above all his other accomplishments. In year 1 he made Tracy Porter into a household name. In year 2 he made Jenn Sterger into a household name.

    Those poor Vikings.

  26. vikings28 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:14 PM

    Not sure if anyone knows this, but FAVRE had his best year as a viking….well now you know. AND if it wasn’t for about 3 real, realy bad calls by the refs, FAVRE gets Vikings the ring, cause we would have killed the COLTS, we destroyed the saints, but turnovers and the refs played a big role in that. It is what it is..

  27. purpleguy says: Mar 19, 2013 4:15 PM

    They really shouldn’t rush in to the Lord Favre thing, as I think Pack fans are still miffed. As to Rodgers, after now watching him for four years, it’s painful to admit that he deserves to be paid more than any other NFL QB.

  28. fargovikesfan says: Mar 19, 2013 4:16 PM

    what most people (especially the Vikings haters) fail to remember is that Favre did the texting of his junk while he was with the Jets to a Jets employee (Jen Sterger), not the Vikings. It just happened that the story came out while he was with the Vikes.

  29. whatjusthapped says: Mar 19, 2013 4:17 PM

    All the Viking fans love to chide the Packer fans for not being sufficiently deferential to Favre for all that he has done for the Packers over the years.

    But its like a husband who sought a divorce with his wife and his wife knows that the husband regards their sleazy next door neighbor as low rent trash so the first thing the wife does after getting the divorce is seek out that sleazy neighbor and moving in with him. And when the husband basically ignores the ex-wife, all the on-lookers are commenting that he doesn’t appreciate all those years together and how could he ignore her like that.

    In case you don’t follow the analogy, the husband is the GB Packers, Favre is the ex-wife and the sleazy low rent neighbors are your Superbowl-less Minnesota Vikings.

  30. Canned Heat says: Mar 19, 2013 4:18 PM

    chillyball says: Mar 19, 2013 4:07 PM

    I can’t wait for Brett to go into the HOF on a Vikings jersey just so he can stick it to the Fudgepack for eternity.

    Oh, and the new contract for Arog will be the kiss of death. Bring it on.

    Skol Vikings!
    ________________________________

    Coming from Vikings fans who know all about the kiss of death. Brilliant.

    While it’s still fresh in your heads…let me remind you that Jennings will be making 11 million each of the last 2 years of a 5 year deal, and he’ll be lucky to make the roster in those 2 years. Enjoy the cap hit suckers….there’s a reason no other team went after old man Jennings, but hey….you guys want to overpay dearly for the Packers 3rd string humps….more power to ya.

  31. chadrad04 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:19 PM

    The fact that it even has to come to “waiting for the right time” is pretty sad. I understand that Favre was a “traitor” so to speak and that he went to the hated Vikings, but the guy is the most storied player (all due respect to Bart Starr) in the history of one of the most storied franchises in all of sports! The problem is that Packer fans cannot seperate themselves from their emotions enough to use common sense, understand that it WAS NOT Favre’s decision to leave in the first place, be happy with how things worked out (for the better I’d say considering how good Rodgers is), and just get over it, grow up, and welcome the guy back already. It shouldn’t be that hard.

  32. deltaoracle says: Mar 19, 2013 4:20 PM

    The Vikings have a hall of fame? Oh, that’s right, it’s the World Championship case that they’re missing…

  33. gnarlswoodson says: Mar 19, 2013 4:24 PM

    Hey non-Packer fans, do us all a favor and don’t chime in on the whole Favre/Packers thing, because you just wouldn’t understand. How many of you have great relationships/feelings with/toward that ex girlfriend/boyfriend? that cheated on you with your worst enemy?

  34. wafflestomp says: Mar 19, 2013 4:27 PM

    You know what would be really awesome? If the Vikings hurried up and retired the number 4, and elected Favre into the Vikings Hall of Fame! Those packer fans would be just pissed…

    ———————————————————-

    The Vikes Hall of Fame? Now that’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one.
    Tell me, is that the same place they store all of their Lombardi Trophies?

  35. muskyhunter2542 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:27 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Mar 19, 2013 3:39 PM
    It seems fair since Favre retired the Packers from the public eye when he left the team.

    I guess im not sure what you mean?!?!? They have won a superbowl, went 15-1 and have the 2011 MVP along with 2 of the top selling jerseys in the NFL… Just another troll arnt ya?

  36. siggtacular says: Mar 19, 2013 4:28 PM

    World Champs Baltimore Ravens everyone bow down

  37. muskyhunter2542 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:30 PM

    chillyball says:
    Mar 19, 2013 4:07 PM
    I can’t wait for Brett to go into the HOF on a Vikings jersey just so he can stick it to the Fudgepack for eternity.

    Oh, and the new contract for Arog will be the kiss of death. Bring it on.

    Skol Vikings!

    _________

    Just as an FYI. Players in the NFL do not wear a jersey in the HOF. They wear a Yellow sport coat.

    Skol Packers!

  38. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:36 PM

    I think most Packer fans were entertained watching the Favre train wreck in MN. Was it wrong to to enjoy watching his professional and personal life spiral out of control as he brought the incompetent Viking franchise to its knees? Perhaps.

    And while all that nonsense was going on, the Packers just went about their business and won another Lombardi. I’m just happy that the Favre defection had such a happy ending – for Packer fans.

    Those poor Vikings.

  39. jrmbadger says: Mar 19, 2013 4:38 PM

    SilentMajority says:Mar 19, 2013 4:11 PM

    You know what would be really awesome? If the Vikings hurried up and retired the number 4, and elected Favre into the Vikings Hall of Fame! Those packer fans would be just pissed…
    ===============================

    Vikings hall of fame? Apparently its so pathetic that you can play for the team for two years with the sole highlight of reaching one conference championship game (which you lost) and be elected into such an organization.

    Packer fans wouldn’t be “pissed,” we’d just use it as another opportunity to remind Viking fans who the 13 time World Champions are.

  40. shaggytoodle says: Mar 19, 2013 4:41 PM

    s0fakingawes0me says: Mar 19, 2013 4:06 PM

    I’ve got to admit, have Favre as a viking showed one thing we have not had in years. A consistent good quarterback for more than a couple of years. Imagine if we had a QB like that for 10 seasons+ in Minnesota. I hope if Ponder isn’t the one we find him, but I still have faith in Ponder..
    _____

    Yeah that’s one thing the Vikings haven’t been able to do is develop a QB the closest thing they had was Culpepper, but he had fumble problems and then he shredded is knee.

    They have a great running game which can help the development of a QB (Steelers Ben 1st year) the problem with it is every year Ponder doesn’t 12th overall pick should it’s another year of Peterson wear tear and aging.

    Packer fan’s have been spoiled @ the QB for 20 years.

  41. chadrad04 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:44 PM

    gnarlswoodson says:Mar 19, 2013 4:24 PM

    Hey non-Packer fans, do us all a favor and don’t chime in on the whole Favre/Packers thing, because you just wouldn’t understand.

    __________________________________

    Seriously, how childish does that sound though?!?! You sound like a teenage girl with that “you just don’t understand” crap!

    It’s sports, not a romantic relationship. The guy won you a super bowl, he didn’t win the Vikings anything. If anything you should be glad he went to Minny and choked in New Orleans. Let. It. Go.

  42. thejuddstir says: Mar 19, 2013 4:45 PM

    Murphy better check with Ted Thompson and packer fans to see if it is ok becuz as we all know, packer fans say , “in TT we trust”, LMAO. And there were all kinds of packer rubes who were commenting the past 2 days how Favre had ruined his chance to come back and his legacy because he helped Greg Jennings defect to the Vikings. As the rest of us responded, “like packer fans would have anything to say about BF’s legacy ” They seem to forget that the NFL does not rise and shine in green bay, wi. If anything, green bay doesn’t deserve BF with the way they treated him. I would love to see him go into the HOF as either a Jet or a Viking, that would teach the rednecks a good lesson.

  43. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Mar 19, 2013 4:49 PM

    vikings28 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:14 PM

    Not sure if anyone knows this, but FAVRE had his best year as a viking and fifth best year overall in 2009.
    _____

    Fixed it for you. Football ain’t baseball by the way.

  44. contra74 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:50 PM

    whatjusthapped says:Mar 19, 2013 4:17 PM

    All the Viking fans love to chide the Packer fans for not being sufficiently deferential to Favre for all that he has done for the Packers over the years.

    But its like a husband who sought a divorce with his wife and his wife knows that the husband regards their sleazy next door neighbor as low rent trash so the first thing the wife does after getting the divorce is seek out that sleazy neighbor and moving in with him. And when the husband basically ignores the ex-wife, all the on-lookers are commenting that he doesn’t appreciate all those years together and how could he ignore her like that.

    In case you don’t follow the analogy, the husband is the GB Packers, Favre is the ex-wife and the sleazy low rent neighbors are your Superbowl-less Minnesota Vikings.
    —-
    Worst story ever and it made you look ridiculous! Here, have a tissue.

  45. tehbloodline says: Mar 19, 2013 4:51 PM

    First off I’m happy we are finally paying Rodgers.

    He’s the best quarterback in the NFL and has had the highest level of consistent play of anyone at the position for the last 3 seasons. I’m kindof disappointed in the fans who think he will (or should) take less money so we can “keep pieces around him”.

    I’ve never been in the locker room with him but everything I hear from him makes me believe he is a stand-up guy and great leader.

    If I was told “Hey you’re the best at your job in the world, but you should really forgo that raise” I’d be insulted

    He should be paid what he deserves. Anybody who thinks he shouldn’t is dreaming.

  46. thejuddstir says: Mar 19, 2013 4:52 PM

    “whatjusthapped says:Mar 19, 2013 4:17 PM

    All the Viking fans love to chide the Packer fans for not being sufficiently deferential to Favre for all that he has done for the Packers over the years.

    But its like a husband who sought a divorce with his wife and his wife knows that the husband regards their sleazy next door neighbor as low rent trash so the first thing the wife does after getting the divorce is seek out that sleazy neighbor and moving in with him. And when the husband basically ignores the ex-wife, all the on-lookers are commenting that he doesn’t appreciate all those years together and how could he ignore her like that. ”
    ============================

    Leave it to a packer fan to use an analogy that involves, sleazy neighbors, ho’s, divorce, low rent trash…….sounds like a typical day in wisconsin

  47. therealsmiley says: Mar 19, 2013 4:53 PM

    If Flacco is worth $20M per year…that makes Rodgers worth $30M per year….at least.

  48. roastbeefsandwich says: Mar 19, 2013 4:55 PM

    If it wasn’t for Favre and Reggie White the Packers would have been about as relevant to the post season as the Browns have been. Go read an old Press Gazette article from the time period when Sherman was coach, it will likely talk about the need of Favre putting the team on his back in order to win.

    People love to blast Favre’s failures, but the fact is they occurred because he was the only one able to even get them into the position. The defense was soft and lacked play makers, Sherman was a turd of a coach that took forever to get a team up and going at the start of the season. Look at all the ‘great’ WR he had that couldn’t repeat what they had with him tossing the ball (Billy Shroeder, Sydney Rice, Javon Walker, Percy Harvin).

    Packer fans forget that all star QB’s don’t grow on trees on Lombardi Avenue.

  49. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 19, 2013 5:01 PM

    All the Vikings fans really have to show for the purple Favre era is a low resolution cell phone pic of his wrinkly nether region.

  50. axespray says: Mar 19, 2013 5:24 PM

    vikes49 says:
    Mar 19, 2013 4:07 PM
    “The frost sure was thawing as Brett sat with Leslie and AD, Or should I say MVPeterson! SKOL!!”
    ———————————–
    MVPeterson has “A” playoff win…. SKOL!

    lol… nothing to his career but STATS.

  51. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 19, 2013 5:41 PM

    Canned Heat says:Mar 19, 2013 4:18 PM

    While it’s still fresh in your heads…let me remind you that Jennings will be making 11 million each of the last 2 years of a 5 year deal, and he’ll be lucky to make the roster in those 2 years. Enjoy the cap hit suckers….there’s a reason no other team went after old man Jennings, but hey….you guys want to overpay dearly for the Packers 3rd string humps….more power to ya.
    ______

    Not real familiar with how NFL contracts work, are you? Only the first two years have any guaranteed money. If he isn’t worth the money after that, he’ll be cut.

  52. trapshoot says: Mar 19, 2013 5:53 PM

    GOOD!

  53. bangithard says: Mar 19, 2013 5:54 PM

    here is the story:

    1. Does Rodgers give the packers the ‘discount double check’
    or
    2. Does Rodgers give Packers credit for the last contract
    remember back in ’08, the packers gave rodgers 6 years and 68mill. BEFORE THEY KNEW HE COULD PLAY!

  54. larryboodry says: Mar 19, 2013 5:55 PM

    flavordave says: Mar 19, 2013 3:54 PM

    “the Packers main priority should be how to stop Chip Kelly’s intricate 11 headed offensive monster machine world domination tour 2013. Chip is set to bring a world of hurt and shock the world. And theres simply nothing you can do about it”

    flavordave…Stoned at the keyboard again.

  55. purplepunisher says: Mar 19, 2013 6:44 PM

    Favre wants nothing to di with the Packers. He’ll go into the hall of fame as a Viking!

  56. purplepunisher says: Mar 19, 2013 6:53 PM

    Lets get one thing straight. Vikings dominate this divison.

    NFC North Divison Championships
    VIKINGS – 18
    packers – 11
    bears – 10
    lions – 3

  57. patfanken says: Mar 19, 2013 6:59 PM

    This is goin g to be a problem for the Packers, because there no way that Rogers is or should take a nickel less than Joe Flacco. In fact he really should bet 10% more if it were at all based on true value to the tea;

    All QB’s are expensive. the great ones are even more so.

  58. lambeauandlombardi says: Mar 19, 2013 7:02 PM

    Viking`s fans commenting on yet another story about the Packers. Just shows you that when the team that you so love has nothing but heartache to give the fans after 50 plus years, well then it figures that you would be interested in what is going on in Titletown. I am beginning to sense that more then a few of you realize the error of your ways and want to jump on the bandwagon while you can, since you want to know the feeling of seeing the team you love hoisting Lombardi trophies for all to see. Will never happen in Minnesota. How many extra seats will they put in the new stadium since there is no room needed for a trophy room or a Viking`s Hall of Fame?

  59. gtodriver says: Mar 19, 2013 7:03 PM

    gnarlswoodson says:
    “Hey non-Packer fans, do us all a favor and don’t chime in on the whole Favre/Packers thing, because you just wouldn’t understand. How many of you have great relationships/feelings with/toward that ex girlfriend/boyfriend? that cheated on you with your worst enemy?”

    Well, you have to remember that it was the Packer management that refused to let Brett take the field when he showed up to training camp – per his contract.

    Instead of letting him on the field, they traded him away like an old worn out car.

    So after being discarded by the organization that he helped rebuild – Favre – when offered the opportunity – came back to the NFC North and on his historic return to Lambeau Field…

    Those so called Packer fans attempted to boo him off the field.

    Funny thing is – Favre just kept his cool – and beat the Packers on their home turf in front of the worthless fan base.

    Favre wasn’t the one doing the cheating. It was the Packer organization and their classless fans.

    FWIW – I’m a season ticket holder and was at the game at the Metrodome when Favre set the all time TD record on a pass to Jennings.

    The Vikings fans stood and gave him a standing ovation – understanding the historic meaning.

    Viking fans have a lot of class. Packer fans, well not so much.

    How many thumbs down to I get for telling the truth???

  60. jrmbadger says: Mar 19, 2013 7:09 PM

    purplepunisher says: Mar 19, 2013 6:53 PM

    Lets get one thing straight. Vikings dominate this divison.

    NFC North Divison Championships
    VIKINGS – 18
    packers – 11
    bears – 10
    lions – 3
    ==============================

    sad.

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
    PACKERS: 13
    BEARS: 9
    VIKINGS: 0
    LIONS: 0

    SUPERBOWLS:
    PACKERS: 4
    BEARS: 1
    LIONS: 0
    VIKINGS: 0

    The Vikings aren’t even the Packers’ biggest rival. That title belongs to Chicago. You guys are the ugly stepchild.

  61. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 19, 2013 7:31 PM

    Never mind that Favre choked in the clutch against the 2009 World Champions Saints. I think what Viking fans miss most about him are his photography skills.

  62. eaststsfb says: Mar 19, 2013 7:49 PM

    Purplepunisher, who in the hell really cares about division titles if it doesn’t lead to a world championship????? Your logic is just really sad. I’ll pray for you.

  63. jdhein22 says: Mar 19, 2013 8:53 PM

    puplepunisher – your numbers are off. The NFC North has only existed since 2002. In those 11 seasons, we have the following total division titles:

    Packers – 6
    Bears – 3
    Vikings – 2
    Lions – 0

  64. stellarperformance says: Mar 19, 2013 9:27 PM

    I don’t hold the fact Favre played for the Vikings against him. What I resent is the fact that he pretended to retire in order to get an unconditional release. He wanted this because he identified the Vikings as his last best chance to win a SuperBowl….not his own teammates. It was all about him. Packer brass wasn’t fooled. He became angry when he didn’t get his way. His ego is huge. Shrink that ego and eat some more crow for a few more years and maybe….maybe…..we’ll let you back in our club…Titletown USA. Nothing like it, and it doesn’t need Favre until he wises up.

  65. larryboodry says: Mar 19, 2013 9:56 PM

    jrmbadger says:

    “The Vikings aren’t even the Packers’ biggest rival. That title belongs to Chicago. You guys are the ugly stepchild.”

    Amen…And while GB and Chicago fight for the NFC North title and beyond, MN has to worry that suddenly this will be a 4-team race with the Lions suddenly making moves like a real team.

  66. lnfinite says: Mar 19, 2013 10:27 PM

    jdhein22 says: Mar 19, 2013 8:53 PM

    puplepunisher – your numbers are off. The NFC North has only existed since 2002. In those 11 seasons, we have the following total division titles:

    Packers – 6
    Bears – 3
    Vikings – 2
    Lions – 0

    ——————————————————

    Typical Packer fan, make up the rules to suit his/her point of view only to change them when it no longer suits them. What purplepunisher infers is the record since the NFC/AFC merger of 1970.

    Of course Packer fans would love to forget about the 70s. Wonder why……………………

    Besides that, when Favre played for the Packers I rooted against him but respected him. We all know he is a great qb regardless of what team he played for. Too bad Packer fans are still discontented children about the matter. Just like when Jennings is brought up.

  67. titletownphipsi says: Mar 19, 2013 10:34 PM

    If I were Rodgers i would say, “keep the money instead of paying me as much as Flacco and invest it in a Left Tackle so I’m not getting hit every damn play. ” Either they need to spend that money to put the pieces together to win another Championship and be aggressive in free agency, or pay Rodgers the type of money Flacco is getting.

  68. titletownphipsi says: Mar 19, 2013 10:37 PM

    @Purple Punisher
    This applies to you

  69. mpprice says: Mar 19, 2013 11:04 PM

    umm nice math on the division championships but the nfc north has technically been around for a little more than a decade and I’m pretty sure the packers have about half of the division titles in that timeframe. at least five

  70. mrstpaul says: Mar 19, 2013 11:47 PM

    jdhein22says:

    It is time to retire Paul Hornung’s #5. He was promised that it would be retired by Vince Lombardi. And Lombardi announced it to the press. Specifically, he made the announcement on July 10, 1967, at what was then the Packers’ annual press party at the Oneida Golf and Riding Club. And the top headline in the sports section of the Green Bay Press-Gazette the following day read:

    “Vince Tabs Hyland Potential Starter, Retires Paul’s ’5′ “

    ————————————————————-

    I don’t disagree with you about the Golden Boy deserving to have his number retired. Especially since Vince said that’s what he wanted. But Green Bay shows a great deal of restraint in handing out these honors compared to other franchises (*cough* Yankees *cough*).

    The fact of the matter is only Tony Canadeo, Don Hutson, Ray Nitschke, Bart Starr, and Reggie White have their uniform numbers retired. You can add Curly Lambeau to the list unofficially, since nobody has worn his #1 in almost 90 years.

    Odds are next on the list is #4, not #5.

  71. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 20, 2013 12:58 AM

    Vikings fans are hilarious.

    The Vikings (team, franchise, fan base) will never even approach the Packers (team, franchise, fan base).

    To even insinuate otherwise is folly.

  72. mnvikes7897 says: Mar 20, 2013 7:21 AM

    Never. Ounce a Viking always a Viking. He’ll go back to Fudge Pax Bay in purple. Except it.

  73. hansenbrothers says: Mar 20, 2013 7:27 AM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Mar 19, 2013 3:39 PM
    “It seems fair since Favre retired the Packers from the public eye when he left the team.”

    Except for when they won a Super Bowl…and they made the playoffs every year…and their QB got MVP…and a bunch of their players got national tv deals. Other than that, yeah, they retired from the public eye.

  74. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 20, 2013 4:18 PM

    Can’t we all just get along?… Hell no.

    It may not be their greatest rival, but the Vikings Packers rivalry is one of the best in the league.

  75. stellarperformance says: Mar 20, 2013 8:08 PM

    All of the North Division is good rivalries. Perhaps if you grew up in SE Wisconsin, where the highest concentration of Packer fans reside, it would be logical to see the Bears as the biggest rivalry. I grew up in Wausau, and speaking for myself and more friends than I can count…..it was the Vikings, hands down. Still is.

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