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Rodgers: I think it’s important to bring Favre back in the fold


Aaron Rodgers hasn’t always had a great relationship with the quarterback he first backed up and then replaced, Brett Favre. But Rodgers is glad to hear that the Packers will retire Favre’s number next year.

Rodgers says he was talking to the higher-ups within the Packers organization to express his belief that it was past time to smooth things over with Favre, and he’s pleased that Favre will be honored in Green Bay.

“I’ve kind of been on the forefront of getting this thing done, you know, in my own way,” Rodgers told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “I wanted to make sure my voice was out there and behind Brett coming back. I think it’s important to bring him back into the fold. It was a great thing to be able to announce that and retire his number and put his number in the Packer Hall of Fame, which is obvious – of course it’s going to happen. He’s one of the greatest Packers of all-time and one of the greatest NFL players of all-time. It’s good to get him back here and hopefully get him here in the fall, as well.”

The last time Favre was at Lambeau Field, he was booed as he led the Vikings in a loss to a Rodgers-led Packers team. When Favre returns, he’ll be cheered. By Green Bay fans, and by Rodgers.

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81 Responses to “Rodgers: I think it’s important to bring Favre back in the fold”
  1. pointywilliams says: Aug 7, 2014 7:02 AM

    About time.

  2. nvl004 says: Aug 7, 2014 7:05 AM

    It will be good just to get this all in the past. Water under the bridge…..moving on…

  3. revelation123 says: Aug 7, 2014 7:07 AM

    Rodgers is a class act all the way around. And hands down the best QB in the NFL.

  4. denverdude7 says: Aug 7, 2014 7:09 AM

    Favre looked better in purple and gold anyway…

  5. GenXJay says: Aug 7, 2014 7:10 AM

    Man, Lord Favre looked great in that pic.
    ShAaron, on the other hand, not so much.

  6. footballfan58 says: Aug 7, 2014 7:11 AM

    It’s about time. Much respect to Rodgers. Brett is one of the greatest QB’s and deserves the recognition. The true meaning of the word “gunslinger”. I am not a Packers fan, but I have really enjoyed watching Brett all these years.

  7. youngs79 says: Aug 7, 2014 7:12 AM

    What an awesome picture. Favre and the Vikings sweep the hapless, tasteless Packers and the dejected look on ShAaron’s face. Remember that look Packer fans, you’ll be seeing it again real soon.

  8. purplengold says: Aug 7, 2014 7:16 AM

    Cheered by me too.

  9. bubbaword says: Aug 7, 2014 7:16 AM

    Needs to be inducted into the Interception Hall of Shame!

  10. nnagi says: Aug 7, 2014 7:17 AM

    So now Aaron Rodgers is taking credit for bringing Brett Favre back into the fold…what a joke, this guy’s ego is as big as his eyes

  11. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Aug 7, 2014 7:21 AM

    I highly doubt every Packer fan will cheer him. You funny people in your no good state just can’t let it go. Get over it. Favre deserves this.

  12. oshkoshoz says: Aug 7, 2014 7:25 AM

    So Rodgers is implying that this is all his idea and he deserves the credit? Figures.

  13. chmba says: Aug 7, 2014 7:25 AM

    Too bad Ted Thompson is still around. His arrogance and jerk attitude is the root of all of this misery. I am a lifelong Packers fan and if Packers (i.e. Ted Thompson and probably McCarthy) didn’t want Farve, fine….but they should have just let him go and play wherever he wanted instead of being control freaks and afraid to compete with him! Welcome back Brett and hopefully Ted is never in the Packer Hall of Fame.

  14. nickynick04 says: Aug 7, 2014 7:33 AM

    Brett is one of the best , no doubt.
    You only have to be a football fan to appreciate the way he played.
    Without question , the toughest SOB to ever play QB
    If you are a Packer fan. You feel proud.
    If you are a Jet or Viking fans , you got a little taste.
    Rodgers is a class act.

    # 4 in your program….# 1 in your heart

    one day we will retire Rodgers number as well

    Lets go win another Super Bowl
    GO PACK GO……

  15. floratiotime says: Aug 7, 2014 7:33 AM

    Not a Packers fan, but I’d have a hard time forgiving him for that Vikings stunt. He had a lot to say too. Difficult to get past all that if you ask me.

  16. canucks30 says: Aug 7, 2014 7:34 AM

    “Payton Man Thing”

  17. longislandblitz says: Aug 7, 2014 7:34 AM

    Ny jets are americas team

  18. rutchaser says: Aug 7, 2014 7:35 AM

    I’m not a Packer fan but I like Rodgers. He doesn’t have to support this the way he is. I think it says a lot about the guy.

  19. jjb0811 says: Aug 7, 2014 7:37 AM

    Maybe he’ll throw a ceremonial pick 6 to ensure his legacy of most INT’s stays complete.

  20. andrewluck12 says: Aug 7, 2014 7:51 AM

    Not a fan of Rodgers or the packers at all but that was a pretty classy thing for Aaron to do.

  21. 1952vikefan says: Aug 7, 2014 7:56 AM


  22. filthymcfunny1 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:00 AM

    This team is so irrelevant, they have to talk about players that retired on other teams wow!

  23. aa1829 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:07 AM

    Alright Aaron, fine, we will just have to agree to disagree.

  24. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:12 AM

    Rodgers is a class act and he is willing to forgive and be a great person to someone who didn’t treat him very well.

    Well done!

  25. youngs79 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:15 AM

    What an awesome picture. Favre, and the Vikings, sweep the hapless, tasteless Packers and the dejected look on Rodgers face. Remember that look Packer fans, you’ll be seeing it again real soon.

  26. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 7, 2014 8:16 AM

    Have to love Rodgers attitude the guy is all class!

  27. wallyswfl says: Aug 7, 2014 8:19 AM

    Vikings fan saying good to hear I would have loved to have either of these two guys as our QB longer then the 2 years with Brett!!!!!

  28. nyfootballgiants says: Aug 7, 2014 8:26 AM

    How is Rodgers a class act? I was at the forefront of this? Why does the story have to be about him? Why not say Brett was important to this franchise and it’s great that he will be recognized for it.

  29. polegojim says: Aug 7, 2014 8:29 AM

    Favre did great things in Green Bay and simply continued a football career when it was truly time for Rodgers to be the Packers starter.

    What’s with all the drama Cheeseheads?

  30. fivechampionships says: Aug 7, 2014 8:32 AM

    Way to go out of your way to pack yourself on the back, Rodgers. This guy is the biggest phony in the NFL. I can see why Favre never liked him. Great QB though.

  31. wadrules1 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:33 AM

    Should have never dragged out this long. It has mostly dragged out because of Rodgers pouting about it. Now that he accepts it, the Packers are doing it. A damn shame.

  32. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 7, 2014 8:38 AM

    Rodgers always has been the bigger man.

  33. knucklehead93 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:40 AM

    Sadly, his agent is probably the one telling him to say that. It’s not is true thoughts.

    Even more sad is that every packer fan is drinking the kool-aid.

  34. epeedy says: Aug 7, 2014 8:41 AM

    I will never cheer for that guy. We still have the purple knife sticking out of our backs.

  35. filthymcnastyi says: Aug 7, 2014 8:45 AM

    Rodgers is such a disingenuous fraud! You can tell it bugs him that he will forever live in the shadows of his superior…Favre!

  36. packerbackernj says: Aug 7, 2014 8:46 AM

    He always will be my favorite Packer. Rodgers is great, but i grew up watching #4. He will always be the best in my eyes, and who i compare other QBs to. Yea, i know he wasn’t the best all time, but with complete bias, he was to me.

  37. ariani1985 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:49 AM

    Erin, I would think that I would focus on winning a first round playoff game!

  38. tritz32 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:50 AM

    The NFL was more exciting with the Ol’ Gunslinger in the league, that’s a fact JACK!

  39. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:58 AM

    Brett Favre is the Green Bay Packers. I’m 25 years old and he was the most influential player during my childhood with his boyish excitement and eccentric style of play.

    The Packers need to lock arms with Brett because they both had their best years with one another.

  40. grapeape67 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:59 AM

    He wanted to retire a Viking but the Vikes kicked him to the curb

  41. Scumby says: Aug 7, 2014 8:59 AM

    Time for Favre to unretire again and get back into a Green Bay uniform!

  42. starfan79 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:00 AM

    As a cowboy fan since the 80’s even when we were winning all our superbowls we always had fun watching Favre play.. Win or lose he had fun every game.

  43. usedjock says: Aug 7, 2014 9:03 AM

    I am a lifelong Packer fan and I cannot even begin to tell you how much #4 meant when he got us out of the funk that franchise was in for about 20 years. He broke my heart (and I will admit I hated him for it) when he put on that ugly purple uniform but now it is time to bring him home. As for Rodgers, I give him a ton of credit for how he is being classy about this because Favre wasn’t always classy towards him.

  44. 40for60alldaybaby says: Aug 7, 2014 9:05 AM

    Favre’s made it clear that he’s going into the HOF as a Viking.

  45. stevenbondie says: Aug 7, 2014 9:25 AM

    Skol Favre, die hard Vikings fan here, and his magical season in 09 was one of the best seasons in recent Vikings history, so we thank you for that! Awesome football player no matter what team he played for. If any packer fans boo him, shame on them.

  46. btv77 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:25 AM

    You know, I can deal with Favre being upset with the front office. I can deal with Favre going to a rival to stick it to the front office….even though I feel he lost sight of what his fans wanted. The only thing that still bothers me is the way he actively attacked GB while he was with the Jets. I’ll never forget the fact that he voluntarily called the Lions to give them secrets about GB’s playbook, line calls and audibles.

    To hate GB is one thing, to go out of your way to sabotage their season by cheating still pisses me off. That being said, good to see Brett coming back.

  47. weepingjebus says: Aug 7, 2014 9:26 AM

    As neither a Packers nor a Vikings fan, I can tell you that Favre towers over Rodgers in the esteem of the unaffiliated fan. It would be wise for the Packers to treat him accordingly.

  48. puntonfirstdown says: Aug 7, 2014 9:30 AM

    He’s coming back to Green Bay only if there’s an “open competition” for the starting QB job.

  49. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:46 AM

    Rodgers has class, he’s not a me me me kinda guy (ahem, Peterson, Jennings, Patterson)

    And troll, he has a Super Bowl ring, so much for your uninformed “Win a first round playoff game” nonsense.

  50. filthymcnastyi says: Aug 7, 2014 9:48 AM

    Btw, its green and yellow. Wanna see gold, look at the rams and 9ers uniforms!


  51. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 7, 2014 9:48 AM

    MY GUY Rogers, just telling it like it is! Couldn’t agree more!


  52. filthymcnastyi says: Aug 7, 2014 9:50 AM


  53. purpleguy says: Aug 7, 2014 9:51 AM

    Rodgers isn’t just the best QB in the NFL, he’s a class act and a smart guy. . . . . and it pains me greatly to admit that.

  54. bigjim50010 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:04 AM

    I’ll let Favre playing for the perennial losers known as the MN Vikings go, the same day you viking fans do not think of his completion to Terry Porter every time you hear his name.
    Which was Awesome! btw

  55. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 7, 2014 10:06 AM

    Kudos to the respectful Viking fan out there.


  56. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 7, 2014 10:13 AM

    I don’t know why anyone would begrudge a person from following his dream. Brett Favre’s fondest desire was always to play for the Minnesota Vikings and he finally got his opportunity. Remember, he had the best season of his career when he was a Viking, most likely because he was finally surrounded by some real talent.

  57. greengoldandbold says: Aug 7, 2014 10:32 AM

    As a lifelong Packer fan, there’s no forgetting Brett Favre and the sometimes bizarre play he brought to the game, but whatever it took, he did it to win. Regardless if it was the Packers or Jets, he did it to win for his team.
    Sometimes the risks backfired.
    When Brett is introduced for his jersey retirement ceremony, personally I think it would be really cool to see him come running out of the tunnel dress like gameday in his full uniform. If he has the balls to put his green and gold jersey back on, then I’m sold.

  58. gayforbrady says: Aug 7, 2014 10:33 AM

    Brett farve’s last second touchdown against the 49’ers was one of the best plays ever made in football.

    Hard not to be a viking or farve fan on that day.

  59. puckthefatriots says: Aug 7, 2014 10:34 AM

    It must be important if Aaron said it, right Aaron?

  60. dpagsknowsall says: Aug 7, 2014 10:36 AM

    Rodgers is a class act.

    He knows damn well he shouldn’t have had anything to do with the Packers/Favre relations, after the way it all went down, but he did it anyways.

    Bring #4 back and let’s move on as a franchise.

  61. codythao35 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:50 AM

    Without Favre Rodgers will never be who he is today. But again, peewee Rodgers thinks he’s the man here. LOL. This is why trolls in little town WI still in school when they reach 34 years old.

  62. ricardocabeza says: Aug 7, 2014 11:06 AM

    Kinda ironic that the guy we held up as a class act for years then turned out to be quite less is being endorsed by the guy who replaced and is truly a class act. Favre deserves his place, none the less.

  63. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:29 AM

    Rodgers is da man, and it’s worked quite well here (Super Bowl!)

    But Vikings fans, who have a grade school education at best, still think that Bridgewater is their savior and that Peterson is their Messiah! LOL!!

  64. dragonfly99 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:46 AM

    Very classy move by Rodgers, especially considering the way Lord Favre treated Rodgers when he arrived.

  65. ariani1985 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:58 AM

    Coming from a QB who skipped mandatory mini camp for yoga and light jogging.

  66. greengoldandbold says: Aug 7, 2014 12:14 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is the best QB in the NFL and will someday erase all of Brett Favres GB Packer passing records.

  67. greengoldandbold says: Aug 7, 2014 12:18 PM

    GB loves Brett Favre but most don’t know how arrogant Brett was to Aaron. In fact Brett made a comment to the press in 2007 that he wasn’t being paid to be a mentor nor a coach to Rodgers. I can only hope Brett realizes now what a jerk he was then.

  68. guymatula says: Aug 7, 2014 12:29 PM

    Are they going to retire his Wangler jeans too???

  69. nyneal says: Aug 7, 2014 12:30 PM

    Some things I think are true:
    1. Rodgers is a class act.
    2. Favre will never forgive Ted Thompson completely.
    3. Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy were 100% right about turning the reigns over to Rodgers when they did.
    4. Favre, in spite of anything he ever did or said, is one of the greatest QB’s in NFL history and deserves to have his number retired.
    5. Bart Starr will always be the best QB to have played in GB. Winning 5 championships in 7 years is unbelievable. Starr is the most under-rated and under-appreciated player in NFL history.

  70. TheWizard says: Aug 7, 2014 1:33 PM

    The Patriot thread trolls say anything less than a victory in the Super Bowl is failure.

    Favre has 1 to his credit. How can he be one of the best of all time?

  71. medialovesthecowboys says: Aug 7, 2014 1:34 PM

    Hate the Packers, and hated the Brett Favre love-fest that the NFL was engulfed in during the late 90’s. But there is no denying that #4 deserves the respect.

  72. leatherface2012 says: Aug 7, 2014 1:43 PM

    and yet rodgers still cashes his paycheck. what does that tell you about class?

  73. 1historian says: Aug 7, 2014 2:19 PM

    Packer haters – What is there about their 85 years of history that includes an overall 9 NFL Championships, including 4 Super Bowl wins, the Super Bowl Trophy named after one of their former coaches, and, worst of all – having their current (SB winning) QB wanting to bury the hatchet with their former (SB winning) QB?

    You should have such problems.

  74. skolnolombardilovers says: Aug 7, 2014 2:39 PM

    gayforbrady says:
    Aug 7, 2014 10:33 AM
    Brett farve’s last second touchdown against the 49’ers was one of the best plays ever made in football.

    Hard not to be a viking or farve fan on that day.

    Although not as good as the 4th down and play off to go in the last seconds of the Chicago game last year by Aaron
    The best Favre pass in my memory is when he threw the interception against New Orleans forcing the game into OT The only QB to lose 2 NFC Championship OT games
    I still SKOLOL at that one

  75. mediasloppy says: Aug 7, 2014 4:24 PM

    As Rodgers “Mentor” which Favre was if you watch how he plays with all of the same mannerisms it should be a no brainer to give Favre his dues and get it over with.

  76. stellarperformance says: Aug 7, 2014 4:59 PM

    Rams and 49er’s uniforms are beige .

  77. tangysizzl says: Aug 7, 2014 6:04 PM

    Brett Favre’s first season playing 8 home games in a dome was his best statistical season, what a shocker. Playing in a dome is easier for QBs, WRs, Kickers and Punters but don’t tell Viking fans that because they can’t handle the truth.

  78. poiseup says: Aug 7, 2014 6:42 PM

    Favre best season was 1996 when he won his 2nd MVP and the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI on Jan 26. 1997! Peyton had a great year last year. But it does not mean a thing. If at the end you do not have a ring!

  79. 13nflchamps says: Aug 7, 2014 8:22 PM

    “Teddy Bridgewater looks like an NFL quarterback”

    -said no one, ever

  80. emoney826 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:27 PM

    I love that 50th year patch on favres jersey. It’s a reminder that it was the 50th year in a row that their season ended in failure.

  81. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 8, 2014 9:27 AM

    Rodgers has always been a big picture guy. His long term legacy looks pretty secure – Canton without the drama.

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