Brett Favre: “Never say never” to returning to work for Packers

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Brett Favre, who struggled to say no to chances to come back as a quarterback, won’t come right out and say he wants to come back and work for the Packers.

But he made it clear in his uniquely Favre way that he’s willing to listen if they want to ask.

During an interview on ESPN Wisconsin’s Wilde & Tausch on Thursday, the Hall of Famer admitted the idea of working as a coach or in a front office was appealing to him, specifically where he spent most of his career. He referenced former Packers quarterback Bart Starr returning as a coach, and couldn’t hide his affection for the team.

“I would say, I’d never say never. I believe that would be a dream job, working as a coach there or in some form of administration,” Favre said. “I don’t know, and I don’t want to create a stir [by talking about it], because who knows? But I would say, ‘Never say never.’

“People have talked about the broadcasting booth. I think I’d be pretty good at it, but you never know. I know Bart went back [to Green Bay] and did it and it wasn’t as successful as everyone would have assumed. I’m not going to think I would be any different, but it is an intriguing option. What better place to do it? Yeah, it’s crossed my mind.”

Favre admitted the idea of playing a John Elway-type role appeals to him, though coaching has also crossed his mind. He spent two years coaching for a local high school after retiring,

“When I coached high school football for two years, it really wasn’t on my radar,” Favre said. “My dad did it for many, many, many years, [but] I thought, ‘I just don’t have anything left in the tank from a competitive side. What type of coach would I be?’

“I always thought I would be a good coach, but I didn’t know if I had the effort in me. Well, I did. I’ll tell you what, it was a joy. The competitive spirit came right back. It was obviously different than playing, and so I had a lot of fun.”

Whether the Packers are interested or not remains to be seen. But he has mended fences with the organization, which clears the first hurdle. He said he wanted to wait until his daughter finished her college volleyball career (she’s a freshman at Southern Miss), but the notion of a prolonged courtship is nothing new to Favre.

52 responses to “Brett Favre: “Never say never” to returning to work for Packers

  1. if i remember correctly in 2007-08 before the whole fiasco started with him coming back expecting his starting job to still be there, they already had a position for him in the front office.. he wasnt really a “high IQ” QB so i dont see it ever being a coaching position

  2. Sometimes you can say never. For example, I never should have sent that text of my half limp junk.

    Sometimes it does apply.

  3. He’ll make trouble for Rogers again. That ship has sailed if I’m the Packers. Let him wave to the crowd at half-time sometime but a position? No.

  4. If he didn’t like the grind as a player, he’d like it even less as a coach.

    He does have the mind for it, but I don’t think he’s got the patience.

  5. Boy if he does come back and work for the Packers won’t all those fans that burnt his jersey in trash barrels around Green Bay when he joined the Vikings feel silly now?

  6. Actually, the Packers had offered him a “Team Ambassador” job in Public Relations for a cool $20M if he would have stayed retired and BrINT was so pissed off at the offer that he lowered his standards enough to eventually play for the Vikings.

    Now, he’s looking for work? He should try the Minneapolis area where he is still the last Viking QB to win a playoff game, a distinction it looks like he will hold for a very long time.

  7. he wasnt really a “high IQ” QB so i dont see it ever being a coaching position
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    See if you can find the Gruden QB camp episode he did with Favre before his HOF election.

    Come back after you watch and try to sell that.

  8. Awe shucks, Maybe he should try doing radio broadcasts of Packer games. I’m sure those crazy cheese-heads would go nuts for that. That might give tv a shot down the road.
    I’m not so sure about the front office thing…… Y’all know what I mean?

  9. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jun 29, 2017 2:05 PM
    Boy if he does come back and work for the Packers won’t all those fans that burnt his jersey in trash barrels around Green Bay when he joined the Vikings feel silly now?

    Yeah they’d feel silly!
    Like the Viking fan who bought Bud Grant’s trophy case!

  10. I’m a die hard Packers fan and was a die hard Favre fan when he was here. I don’t want him anywhere near the front office, at least not in a position where he’s making critical decisions. Interceptions may have cost the team some games in his playing days, but when those poor decisions manifest themselves as poor personnel moves, it could cost the team years.

  11. the Packers had offered him a “Team Ambassador” job in Public Relations for a cool $20M if he would have stayed retired and BrINT was so pissed off at the offer that he lowered his standards enough to eventually play for the Vikings.
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    Not good enough to start in Green Bay… but too good to start for anyone else.

    Never liked the math on that one…

  12. Not while Mark Murphy still works there.
    ====

    Murphy wet the bed in his own right.

    His “It’s not his [Favre’s] fault, it’s not our [Packers] fault” bit was the lowlight of that entire fiasco.

    The man hired a former White House Press Director to spin the situation… and STILL didn’t manage to get it right!

  13. Packer fans still upset just because Brett’s fondest desire was always to play for the Minnesota Vikings.

  14. “Now, he’s looking for work?”

    Never saw where he said he is looking for work. He said he would listen if offered a job by Green Bay and was quick to say that he has not. He is fine, and has been good with his money. I mean he is worth like $100 million. He doesn’t need to work ever again if he chooses.

  15. whatjusthapped says:
    Jun 29, 2017 2:05 PM

    Now, he’s looking for work? He should try the Minneapolis area where he is still the last Viking QB to win a playoff game, a distinction it looks like he will hold for a very long time.
    —————
    Plus, he was the greatest QB ever to play for the viking franchise. A Packer castoff.

  16. Every time there is a fake stock sale Packer management takes a cut. Favre knows this and wants in on the action when the next sale happens, be it another stock sale or the more recent sale of photo copies of the already purchased stock.

  17. Ya gotta hand it to the Viking trolls. They just can’t let it go.
    If Brett wants to be a guest QB coaching assistant through training camp, I’m sure MM would welcome it.

    And for those who say Packer fans were mass burning #4 jerseys, that’s a bold faced lie.

  18. The Phantom Stranger says:

    Packer fans still upset just because Brett’s fondest desire was always to play for the Minnesota Vikings.

    ===================================
    And yet, he only owns one Superbowl ring, do you care to guess which team he played for when he earned it? (hint, the Vikings never won a Superbowl so that should narrow it down for you)

  19. Oh, HELL no. As a shareholder, and Sconnie, and someone old enough to remember the decades before him, he still needs to apologize to each and every one of us for his attempts to stick it to the team, which in turn was an attempt to hurt me personally. I went to the last two games honoring him, and the Packers lost both, and that’s all that needs to be said about how he needs to just stay in Mississippi.

  20. This is a fast game. It passes people by very quickly, players and coaches. If you’re not involved rabidly, right now, with your finger on the pulse, teams don’t have time to satisfy your retirement fantasies.

    Sorry Brett. Too little, too late.

  21. Didn’t I just read that Favre didn’t know what a nickel defense was?

    Does he realize this would be signing up for ~100 hours per week of tedious and repetitive work?

    There’s no “slingin it” in the front office (Jets excluded)

  22. Favre in the broadcast booth, or on a TV pregame show would be must-see TV.

    He’d be a welcome change since most of the pregame shows are so blatantly lame now as to render them almost unwatchable.

  23. petersjeffrey36 says:
    Jun 29, 2017 1:55 PM
    if i remember correctly in 2007-08 before the whole fiasco started with him coming back expecting his starting job to still be there, they already had a position for him in the front office.. he wasnt really a “high IQ” QB so i dont see it ever being a coaching position

    _________________________________________

    This post is indicative of people who are clueless. In the early days of his career, no question Favre lacked a lot of the mental side of the game. But he changed that and by his 3rd year, he could read defenses as well as anyone. His first SB touchdown was an audible to Andre Rison.

  24. aarons444 says:

    Murphy wet the bed in his own right.

    His “It’s not his [Favre’s] fault, it’s not our [Packers] fault” bit was the lowlight of that entire fiasco.

    The man hired a former White House Press Director to spin the situation… and STILL didn’t manage to get it right!
    ============

    Actually Murphy was 100% right. Favre changed his mind about playing after the Packers told him to retire after he was informed he wasn’t going to start any longer.

    Nothing wrong with that. If the guy wanted to keep playing then the team would have accommodated him and traded him, probably around the draft.

    Certainly wasn’t the Packers fault. They moved on from an old QB to start playing a potential HOF QB who was sitting on their bench. They took the long view and were certainly correct in doing so.

    Where the story gets weird is the timing. Favre decided too late to give the team a chance to do something meaningful. He then had almost no options other than forcing their hands to make a trade by showing up and un-retiring.

    He’s a rube but he ain’t stupid. He wanted the stats and was hoping to leave Manning so far in the dust that his records would stand for years. He said he played for fun but his HOF speech painted a different picture, at least to me.

    He wanted the stats. Got shipped to the JETS where he did exactly what he did in GB – threw an INT to end their chance and then went and did the same in Minny. It was classic.

  25. aarons444 says:
    Jun 29, 2017 2:46 PM
    Murphy wet the bed in his own right.
    His “It’s not his [Favre’s] fault, it’s not our [Packers] fault” bit was the lowlight of that entire fiasco.
    *******************************************
    It was Favre’s fault. Plain as the nose on your face.
    He retired, then suggested he wanted to unretire which the Packers said OK. Then he backed off that comment AGAIN !
    Then training camp comes around and he flies into GB expecting his job back. So tell me how Murphy was wrong ?

  26. Then training camp comes around and he flies into GB expecting his job back. So tell me how Murphy was wrong ?
    ===

    Rodgers was their man, right?.. (and they made the correct choice, obviously!)

    So why the soap opera? Why go through the messy divorce? Tell Favre stay home and trade him. Or worst case, cut him.

    Either they didn’t know what they were doing, or didn’t know how to execute their plan.

    Egg on Packers face.

  27. Certainly wasn’t the Packers fault. They moved on from an old QB to start playing a potential HOF QB who was sitting on their bench. They took the long view and were certainly correct in doing so.
    ===

    Couldn’t disagree more.

    Favre had to force his way back onto the field. The COMISSIONER had to intervene to make it happen. The Packers organization should have been bigger then that.

    And if Rodgers was clearly their guy, why entertain Favre at all in 2008? Draw a hard line and make sure he doesn’t cross it.

    They didn’t do that at all. They let the legend dictate terms. Favre played them. To Rodgers detriment. That was THE WORST start possible for Rodgers.

    Thankfully no long-term damage was done.

  28. The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jun 29, 2017 2:56 PM

    Packer fans still upset just because Brett’s fondest desire was always to play for the Minnesota Vikings.

    And it was us Packers fans fondest desire for Brett to throw a costly interception. We got our wish.

  29. Favre might be pretty decent as a QB coach. Aaron Rodgers’ mechanics have changed drastically since he was drafted and he credits Favre for most of it. He’s said on more than one occasion that Favre “taught him to throw the football” no matter what the public perception was of their relationship.

  30. Favre tried to orchestrate his own exit, pretended to retire, and requested an unconditional release. Why. Because he identified a team, not his own, that represented his last best chance to win a title. He gave up his faith in his teammates, the organization, and the fans. Ted was too sharp for that rookie maneuver.

    Contrition goes a long way. He’s doing and saying all the right things. Any jersey burnings back then were deserved and his fault, but it’s OK now.

    By the way….. the team he chose was the Vikings, but it could’ve been any team. My resentment of his actions had NOTHING to do with the Vikings. The only statisfaction received (and it was huge,) was his predictable and expected torching of the Vikings fans hopes and dreams and arrogance.

    Man, that was sweet. Shakespearean.

  31. Favre tried to orchestrate his own exit, pretended to retire, and requested an unconditional release. Why. Because he identified a team, not his own, that represented his last best chance to win a title. He gave up his faith in his teammates, the organization, and the fans. Ted was too sharp for that rookie maneuver.

    Contrition goes a long way. He’s doing and saying all the right things. Any jersey burnings back then were deserved and his fault, but it’s OK now.

    By the way….. the team he chose was the Vikings, but it could’ve been any team.
    ————–
    1. The jersey burning occurred when Favre joined the Vikings. Not when he was “orchestrating his own exit”. Not when he joined the Jets. It happened a year later when he joined Minnesota.

    2. Yes, Favre flipped flopped and did whatever Packer fans say he did and then TT told him he could not play for Green Bay any longer which was in his power to do. But TT also tried to tell Favre to retire and that he could not play for any other team either. Not within TT’s power. Was TT scared of Farve going someplace else? Was he just trying to screw Favre at that point? Probably a little of both.

  32. Geesh. Mention Brett Favre and the Vikings fans climb out from under the cow dung and start slinging their mud.

    Here’s the way it really is:
    Favre is one of the best QB’s to ever play in the NFL. That is indisputable.
    Favre was the best player in the NFL for many years. Not just QB’s — all the players.
    Favre was also the best QB the Vikings have ever had, despite being 39 years old.
    Favre’s interceptions get blown way out of proportion. Check out his TD to interception ratio and you’ll see he fares very well against other top QB’s. And for every interception he threw in a big game, he made 10 great passes no one else could make to score TD’s or get first downs, in the same game.
    No one could throw the ball any better than Brett Favre. He had a cannon, could throw on the run, he could throw the ball through 3 or 4 defenders and hit his receivers, he could avoid the rush, and he could run over people to get first downs or TD’s if he had to, too.
    We all know his career in GB didn’t end the way he wanted it to. It happens. Do we forget that Joe Montana finished his career as a Chief, Johnny Unitas finished his as a Charger, Joe Namath finished his career as a Ram, and Peyton Manning finished his as a Bronco? This stuff happens.
    As for Favre becoming a coach for the Packers at some point, I could see it happening with no problem. Favre knows football inside and out and he is the utmost competitor the game has seen.
    Vikings fans were like kids in a candy store when they got Favre. And to his credit, he played very well for them. He raised their expectations to believe that they could actually win a Super Bowl. It didn’t turn out that way, but he sure gave them their money’s worth.
    Anyone who slams Brett Favre doesn’t appreciate what he did for the NFL. He gave 100% on every play and no one ever had more heart. Look around the league and every team wishes they had guys like him on their team.
    Yes, Brett had a problem with pills and alcohol. To his credit, he did something about it and he never got arrested or suspended for it. And he took the Packers to two Super Bowls and won 3 MVP’s. He has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.
    And since his retirement, he’s gotten himself into terrific shape and health, and devoted his time to coaching high school kids. How anyone can find fault with that is beyond me.
    As a Packers fan, I would welcome Brett back to GB to help the Packers in any capacity he and the team would want.

  33. The greatest play and day of my life was seeing the ‘ol gunslinger throw that interception in New Orleans depriving the Barney’s of having a chance to play in the Superbowl. The expression on every purple troll’ s face had to have been similar to Richard Sherman’s puss when RW threw the interception against the Pats.

  34. “I don’t want to create a stir [by talking about it]”

    And if you believe that I have a bridge in New Jersey I’d like to sell you.

  35. heyheyyouyougetoffofmycloud says:
    Jun 29, 2017 7:24 PM
    The greatest play and day of my life was seeing the ‘ol gunslinger throw that interception in New Orleans
    ——————
    This post confirms what Viking fans say, the Green Bay Superbowl of games is not a Green Bay Super Bowl but rather its Minnesota losing a playoff game.

  36. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jun 29, 2017 9:37 PM
    This post confirms what Viking fans say, the Green Bay Superbowl of games is not a Green Bay Super Bowl but rather its Minnesota losing a playoff game.
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    Winning a real SuperBowl is all we need. Vikings losing anytime is like unexpectedly finding $10.00 in an old pair of jeans. Vikings losing in the postseason is like finding $20.00. Losing dramatically in the playoffs ala Favre or ala Walsh is like finding $100.00. All good, all fun, all satisfying, all common, but not quite the same as winning a real SuperBowl. You’re not expected or required to understand.

    Any time the Vikings can beat the Packers will always and forever be a SuperBowl equivalent for them. Think about it…….what is the highest level of game-winning satisfaction experienced by a Viking fan in the last twenty years? Beating the Packers! There you have it! Can you deny it?

  37. The opinion of one guy Cheesey? That’s your conclusive all-encompassing generalization? One guy? You’re grasping at straws again.

  38. aarons444 says:
    Murphy wet the bed in his own right.

    His “It’s not his [Favre’s] fault, it’s not our [Packers] fault” bit was the lowlight of that entire fiasco.

    The man hired a former White House Press Director to spin the situation… and STILL didn’t manage to get it right!

    ———————————–
    Completely flase in all parts. Murphy was absolutely right. ALso, they absolutely got it right when they hired Ari Fliescher. Ari simply told the team to stop talking publicly. When they did, Favre continued to run his mouth until it finally bit him in the ass with the Greta interview. He pretty much torched all his support with that one interview. THe more he ran his mouth after that, the more the packer fan support eroded. Aaron Rodger’s play on the field eventually ended it.

    You have no clue what you are talking about.

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