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Longwell believes Favre, Packers capable of getting along

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Packers president Mark Murphy has said the club wants to retire Brett Favre’s jersey in Green Bay, and soon — though probably not in 2013.

Nevertheless, there’s a sense the club and its longtime star quarterback might be able to repair a relationship altered when Green Bay released him five years ago after a brief retirement.

Former Packers placekicker Ryan Longwell, who retired a member of the club on Tuesday, believes Favre and the club will eventually make nice, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

“I feel like it will happen soon,” Longwell said, per ESPNMilwaukee.com. “I feel like everybody’s in a good place about it, and like I said, I think time heals everything. I think it’s his desire to be here. When that happens, I think it will be the right time, but I don’t know when that is.”

In July, Murphy said on the club’s website that the team wished to retire Favre’s number before 2016, when the club anticipates he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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  1. unbiasfan says: Aug 13, 2013 12:49 PM

    The ignorant packer fans are to stubborn to remember Brett Favre brought the Packer’s franchise back to glory after a 25 year drought of sucking..

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 13, 2013 1:01 PM

    Sooner or later the Packer organization will make the pilgrimage to Hattiesburg. A few days of helping out around the farm will go a long way to repairing the rift.

  3. spawnsacs says: Aug 13, 2013 1:02 PM

    “The ignorant packer fans are to stubborn to remember Brett Favre brought the Packer’s franchise back to glory after a 25 year drought of sucking..”
    ………………………………………………………………

    Mike Holmgren, Fritz Shurmer, Reggie White, Sean Jones, Kieth Jackson, Doresy Levens, Gilbert Brown, Eugene Robinson, Leroy Butler, Edgar Bennett, Antonio Freeman, and many others disagree with your “ignorant” statement.

    Idol worship is laughable……

  4. pftalk says: Aug 13, 2013 1:03 PM

    Nevertheless, there’s a sense the club and its longtime star quarterback might be able to repair a relationship altered when Green Bay released him five years ago after a brief retirement.

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

    He was traded. Do you even follow football?

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 13, 2013 1:06 PM

    Of course we can. Favre apologized and admitted his actions were wrong. That’s all we were looking for. Welcome back, son, we look forward to adding you to the Hall of Fame.

  6. ShimSham says: Aug 13, 2013 1:07 PM

    unbiasfan says: “The ignorant packer fans are to stubborn to remember Brett Favre brought the Packer’s franchise back to glory after a 25 year drought of sucking..”
    —————————————————–
    How dare fans realize that Favre was one, big, piece of a franchise rebuilding project headed up by Bob Harlan, Ron Wolf and company.

  7. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:08 PM

    Favre’s legacy is so tainted that he’s become a joke. I think the most lasting thing he did for the Packers was to teach players how not to act.

    The only fans still in his corner are those mesmerized by his cell phone photography.

  8. wipackman1265 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:15 PM

    Unbiazfan….. it’s not ignorance to be p.o’d at this guy but it is time to forgive and move on…celebrate his accomplished time in GB…… the fact he played in Minnesota is something he will have to live with…poor guy

  9. dsimp724 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:15 PM

    At the ceremony will they paste a pic of little brett on the jumbotron

  10. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 13, 2013 1:18 PM

    I miss Brett Favre :'( The league isn’t nearly as entertaining without The Gunslinger having fun out there.

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:22 PM

    Farve will say anything to make up with the Green Bay franchise and fans just to get himself back in the news.

    I’m amazed his head hasn’t imploded already at the lack of attention he gets these days.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 13, 2013 1:29 PM

    Favre has mixed emotions about a reunion. It means he’ll probably have to go back to that hole a few times a year whether he wants to or not.

  13. uwsptke says: Aug 13, 2013 1:30 PM

    pftalk says:
    Aug 13, 2013 1:03 PM
    Nevertheless, there’s a sense the club and its longtime star quarterback might be able to repair a relationship altered when Green Bay released him five years ago after a brief retirement.

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

    He was traded. Do you even follow football?

    Careful. I pointed this out too and my comment mysteriously vanished.

  14. whatjusthapped says: Aug 13, 2013 1:34 PM

    For those inane comments on how Brent brought glory to the Packers and therefore deserves the undying loyalty of its fan base, its just plain dumb.

    Think of Brent as your first wife, you should respect her as long as she is deserving of it. But if after the divorce, she hauls off and starts sleeping around with your sleazeball neighbor (Vikings), then you can choose to ignore her. Which is essentially the way the Packer fans feel. Its not that we are not appreciative of the years he played for the Packers, its just that we are collectively embarrassed for his poor choices after he was traded. He is a choke Qb who ended up playing for the quintessential choke franchise and we were all highly entertained by his choke INT. Enough said.

  15. 4gone says: Aug 13, 2013 1:36 PM

    Stop the hate. Both the Packers and Favre needed to split. He threatened retirement a few years in a row as his only ammo for the Packers to sign a few free agents and “go for it”. That is not how Uncle Ted operates. Both guys were mad at each other so hence the “rift”.

    It got ugly when he left and Packer PR machine destroyed him.

    The Packers were right in that Rodgers was ready. Favre got to play for a few teams who had a chance to make a super bowl. In the end it didn’t work out for him but did for the Packers.

    No reason to be angry about it. The Packers have had 2 quality QB’s for 20 years while many franchises still search for 1 adequate one.

    Bury hatchet and move on.

  16. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Aug 13, 2013 1:42 PM

    Zygi should send his plane to Hattiesburg to fetch him for the cereomony. Assuming the feds haven’t confiscated it by then…

  17. kenshalek says: Aug 13, 2013 1:43 PM

    The Pack was a joke throughout 70’s-80’s as a Vike fan Vikes would lick their lips when Tampa-Green bay was on schedule. Both teams were like expansion teams..HA

  18. jimmyt says: Aug 13, 2013 1:47 PM

    The Packers and Favre made business decisions and moved on. It is the arrogant Packer fan base that think football is all about them that has the problems and issues. And I mean a lot of problems and issues.

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 13, 2013 1:49 PM

    This team is too busy complaining about pre-season officials to worry about a recovering drug addict. Nevermind, forgot about Jolly.

  20. Wisconsin77 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:53 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 1:08 PM
    Favre’s legacy is so tainted that he’s become a joke. I think the most lasting thing he did for the Packers was to teach players how not to act.

    Really? How well is that working out for the Packers? Why don’t you ask Jennings.

  21. GenXJay says: Aug 13, 2013 1:53 PM

    Favre is welcome in Minnesota; anytime.

  22. 52lightsxout52 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:57 PM


    kenshalek says: Aug 13, 2013 1:43 PM

    The Pack was a joke throughout 70′s-80′s as a Vike fan Vikes would lick their lips when Tampa-Green bay was on schedule. Both teams were like expansion teams..HA


    ___________________________________

    Ya, those were the days, weren’t they??? Sandwiched between two era’s of Championship football. It’s too bad the only two expansion teams in the division we’re Tampa and….wait for it…the Vikings!. And the punchline of that joke is that the other expansion franchise actually won a SuperBowl! ;-)

  23. aa1829 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:00 PM

    So its about his desire to be here, “and when that happens.” Really? It should never happen. And Longwell, he would retire as a vikqueen and keep his mouth shut. He isn’t, and never was a fan himself!

  24. qoojo says: Aug 13, 2013 2:02 PM

    Why are you clowns making this about the fans? They have no say in this. It’s all about Favre really, and to a lesser degree the Packers. Once Favre says yes, it will happen.

  25. scrp2 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:02 PM

    Oh sure, now that he wore out his welcome with the Vikings.

  26. diggedy20 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:03 PM

    That fanbase was dissed continually by that egomaniac. Favre was worse than any prima donna like wide receiver. How many times did he hold that franchise captive by retiring and unretiring, let alone making the decision. The team and fan base owe him nothing. He’s an arrogant man!!! His gunslinger tactics lost alot of games. How many seasons needed with a Favre pick???

  27. acmepacker says: Aug 13, 2013 2:04 PM

    Actually, it is about the fans, in GB or anywhere else. No fans, no franchise. Who did you think paid the bills?

  28. 52lightsxout52 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:06 PM

    Please. Favre was, is and always will be a Packer Great. Soon Favre will enter the Hall in Canton as a Packer, and the Packer Hall of Fame as well, and PackerNation will be there to welcome him home with open arms!!!

    [cue the jealous purple trolls]

  29. aa1829 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:10 PM

    Favray sucks, no wait, he blows, no I’m sure now, he sucks. Oh, I get it now, he sucks and blows.

  30. firestarter0728 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:19 PM

    The fact is, Ryan Longwell realized that he wanted to retire as a member of a respected franchise known for a long tradition of winning. Undoubtedly Brett Favre would feel the same way. And eventually, when they look back on their careers, every ex-Packer who made the mistake of putting on that purple helmet would prefer to be remembered as a Packer rather than as a Viking. It’s just common sense.

  31. granadafan says: Aug 13, 2013 2:44 PM

    The fault in the rift lies 90% with Favre due to his primadona attitude that the franchise should bend over backwards for his lordship. He already had his own parking spot and changing room and now wanted the Packers to throw away their future (Rodgers) just to accomodate the whims of a previously retired and old QB.

    Favre created the circus and public relations nightmare due to his numerous retirements and unretirements. His ego could not stand being ignored or being away from the cameras. He even pulled this stunt with the Vikings when they allowed him to miss training camp and had to send a private jet with an entourage of players to fetch him.

    When Favre shows TRUE contrition and properly apologizes to Aaron Rodgers, who was completely innocent, the Packers, and the fans, then he will be welcomed back with open arms to celebrate his accomplishments in Green Bay. The franchise with its rich history is bigger than any one egomaniac player.

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:55 PM

    GenXJay says:
    Aug 13, 2013 1:53 PM
    Favre is welcome in New Orleans; anytime.

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

    LOL

  33. Wisconsin77 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:56 PM

    granadafan = Product of Green Bay’s 2008 PR Machine.

  34. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 13, 2013 3:12 PM

    What’s the big deal? Just because the fondest desire of many of the greatest players in Packer history was to play for their biggest rival, that’s no reason to be upset.

  35. aa1829 says: Aug 13, 2013 3:28 PM

    Notice how much hate there is for Favray. We all know why. Please stay in hicksville, FOREVER!!!

  36. deltaoracle says: Aug 13, 2013 3:51 PM

    After seeing life from both sides, Longwell knew that he wanted to end his football career on the side of the angels. Despite his more diabolic nature, #4 will probably feel the same.
    Those who jump on and off the Mini bandwagon so often have to be forgiven for being dizzy most of the time I suppose. But there’s been a trend lately that those Mini “die hards” don’t think that history is important except for the ’70’s and ’80’s, when the Heidis sometimes showed up in the Super Bowl much to the delight of their AFC opponent. Although GB WAS generally wretched in that era, if kenshalek and his ilk would check the records, they’d find that the Packers still managed to win about 50% of their games with Mini in those decades. Not exactly lip-licking bad, even then – at least so far as the lads in purple were concerned.

  37. GenXJay says: Aug 13, 2013 4:09 PM

    filthy,
    #12 is welcome in San Fran, anytime.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Lolz

  38. hatesycophants says: Aug 13, 2013 4:21 PM

    Typical ignorant, lowlife, poorly educated Packers fans.

    It’s not about you!

  39. teamnorsecore says: Aug 13, 2013 5:43 PM

    wipackman1265 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 1:15 PM
    Unbiazfan….. it’s not ignorance to be p.o’d at this guy but it is time to forgive and move on…celebrate his accomplished time in GB…… the fact he played in Minnesota is something he will have to live with…poor guy
    ………….
    Forgive him of what…..not retiring when Packer fans wanted him to? How dare he want to keep playing!

  40. lambeauandlombardi says: Aug 13, 2013 6:06 PM

    What’s the big deal? Just because the fondest desire of many of the greatest players in Packer history was to play for their biggest rival, that’s no reason to be upset.
    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    Apparently their other desire is to never have a chance at winning another Superbowl.

  41. vikescry1 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:05 PM

    @kenslek yeah the pack was a joke in the 70’s and 80′ s. But who’ s been the joke franchise for the 90’s and the last decade? Sure the vikes went to 2 nfc champ games in that time bu the choked both times! Especially after being up what 3 touchdowns to atlanta? Bahahahahaha

  42. vikescry1 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:10 PM

    Viking fans r ignorant, he kept retiring and unretiring every year. I still remember him crying saying he gave all he had to give to the game of football. It is what it is, its time to bring him back to gb.

  43. parinoid1 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:23 PM

    Is This Jerk In the news again ? LOL, The Biggest Loser ( CHOKER By His Own Admission) in NFL History and this DRAMA QUEEN is Still Getting Attention ? Get Over Him Hes A LOSER !

  44. purplehaze28 says: Aug 14, 2013 3:43 AM

    Brett Favre is one of the greatest of all time, and is bigger than the whole Packer franchise.

  45. dgt178 says: Aug 14, 2013 9:48 AM

    …..longwell…..get the hell out o’ town….fool…..we remember your comments while leaving green bay in ’05…….of course, we can’t blame you for not wanting to retire a ‘queenie…..what fool WOULD want to?…..oh…maybe a fool named chris carter….the biggest push-off artist in NFL history…

  46. steelerben says: Aug 14, 2013 10:31 AM

    The Packers will retire his jersey, then there will be rumors and reports of it coming back, it will be unretired to be borrowed by the Jets for a year and then retired again, come back as Vikings jersey for a few seasons until it makes a costly error while simultaneously causing a giant headache for the Saints for a season, and then finally be retired as a Packer jersey once and for all, despite continuous speculation from ESPN every time a team needs one jersey to push them over the top.

  47. packmanfan says: Aug 15, 2013 2:23 PM

    The Packers should replay over and over again on the jumbotron THAT Min. vs Taints INT with the voice over of Paul Allen.
    “This ain’t Detroit! This is the Super Bowl!”
    That will take away a lot of the sting at Lambeau.

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