67,000 Packers fans show up to honor Brett Favre

AP

Six years ago, Packers fans crowded Lambeau Field for a chance to boo Brett Favre. On Saturday night, they showed up to praise him on the night the franchise put him in the team’s Hall of Fame and retired number 4.

Whatever the over/under on forgetting Favre’s two-year stint with the Vikings may have been, the over won big on Saturday night, with an estimated 67,000 fans arriving at the place Favre called home from 1992 through 2007 to praise the man who helped restore the Packers to long-lost glory.

Via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the fans gave Favre a five-minute ovation when he walked onto the field through the Packers tunnel. Favre said he didn’t expect to become emotional, but emotional he became.

“Playing at Lambeau Field, certainly coming out of that tunnel, there’s nothing like it on this earth,” Favre said. “I’ll say this, ‘I’ve also run out of [the visitors] tunnel and that was scary. I’d much rather go through that tunnel right there.”

Lori Nickel of the Journal-Sentinel has summarized some of the key moments from Favre’s speech to the crowd, including a story about his arrival in town 23 years ago via trade from the Falcons.

The head coach wasn’t there to pick him up, like Brad Childress did in Minnesota 17 years later. Indeed, no one showed up to bring Favre and agent Bus Cook to the team facility.

“This tells you how high on the totem pole I was,” Favre told the crowd. “We had to take a cab to the hotel.”

While in the cab, Cook asked the driver about the Packers trading for a new quarterback.

“He goes, ‘Oh yeah. Big trouble maker,’” Favre said. “Loves to fight. . . . The guys’ name is Trish.”

Cook didn’t tell the driver who was riding in the cab.

“I wonder today if that guy knows, this is Trish,” Favre said.

They’ll gather to honor “Trish” again at halftime of the Thanksgiving Night game against the Bears, at halftime. Next August, thousands will make the trek to Canton for another speech from Favre.

Unless, of course, the guy who thinks he could still play and definitely looks like he could still play gives in to the itch to walk through a tunnel again with something other than street clothes on.

127 responses to “67,000 Packers fans show up to honor Brett Favre

  1. Favre’s “legend” is much more a product of ESPN packaging than it is his on field performance.
    Not an all-time great.
    In fact Aaron Rodgers is a better QB than Favre ever was.

  2. Be it ever so humble there’s no place like home.

    Welcome back, Brett. The prodigal son.

  3. “Trish” could lace his cleats and throw on some pads right now coming off the couch and he’d still be better than Colin Kaepernick.

  4. I have to admit that when Favre put on that putrid purple jersey I said I would never forgive him, but this is an example for me anyway that time heals wounds. Welcome home Brett!!!!

  5. I could see 10, 15, maybe 20k showing up. 67 thousand ? That’s impressive and that’s a strong fan base.

    #wow

  6. Not very intelligent or informed of you to imply that all Packer fans booed Favre back in 2009. Also not very smart to imply these are all the exact same people. If you watched it, you would have seen Viking fans in the stands as well. Favre impacted many people, football fans and otherwise. So let’s not drop such an ignorant broad net to oversimplify the whole situation.
    Try not to sound so hurt by the Packers all the time, Florio.

  7. Actually, I think he can still play. He just would not last very long.

    There are way too many bad QBs in the league now. He’s still better than a few.

  8. Packers fans are fake fans, who have no forgiveness, who hated Brett Favre but pretended to be fans. I remember them swearing and spitting at him when he played for the Vikings. Pathetic WI people that’s why WI is the worst state in all 50 states. America should exclude them

  9. 67k is all.
    We all thought these were the greatest of all, in the entire universe, bandwagon fans ever.

  10. I find it absolutely hilarious that Brett would choose to mock the Vikings in a speech at Lambeau. I mean, who in God’s name, send their head coach to the airport to pick up a player? It sends the wrong message to the other 52 players on the roster, it is classless and a demonstration of poor judgement. And Favre could have picked a thousand other stories to tell and I find it fitting that he picks one that shows the most classless franchise and their clueless head coach.

  11. meanwhile the minnesota trophy remains empty. more crybaby behavior from vikes fans. of course flo was gonna get his mn jabs in on this one. nothing more pathetic than rooting for “rival” (packers only true rival is the bears) qb now on your team. I guess when you’re as desperate as mn is, youre willing to do anything. How do you spot zero-integrity idiot? look for a guy wearing a purple 4 jersey.

    cheer up mn, you’ll ways have culpepper.

  12. Favre just used the Vikings. He was obsessed with sticking it to TT and he figured that he’d have more opportunities playing for the queens.
    It wasn’t about Superbowls or anything else. Favre stuck it to Thompson twice and that’s all he cared about, and he was willing to run around in a silly purple costume to do it.
    What’s really a hoot is that even though the clowns in Minnesota got rolled like that, they still voted Favre one of the Top 50 all time Vikings.

  13. I’ve always enjoyed watching Brett play, as a Green Bay Packer, and of course for my Minnesota Vikings. Oh, that one year, with the Jets? Myself and others weren’t paying attention to that, as we were simply just waiting for it to be over with because we knew he was going to sign with the Vikings. Yes, Packer fans, we know we didn’t get a Superbowl trophy, but we had fun. It was memorable. Memorable because we had one of the best QBs in the history of the game playing for our team.
    Favre was one of the best. And even in all of the years he played for our hated rival Green Bay, myself, and so many others still enjoyed his love for the game. We respect you Brett. All NFL fans do.

    Obviously reading some of the comments on here though, some people in that cold, sad wasteland, still haven’t got over it.

  14. A strip club in Green Bay would be like one of those nature shows where they hose the sea lions off a pier.

  15. I was there, it was worth it. For all the people saying there is nothing else to do in GB stop being ridiculous. There is plenty to do, but we appreciate football and spending a few hours at lambeau field to honor the man that brought GB back from mediocrity was well worth it.

  16. Wow, what a shock. Codythao with two troll posts at 8:52 telling us how bad the fans are, followed up immediately by the same type of post from genxjay at 8:53. Not the first, 2nd or 10th time we’ve seen this. Why bother with all the usernames genxariathao? One will suffice….its not like you have anything interesting to say anyway.

  17. Glad to see that packer fans finally came to their senses! Ever since the salary cap came into play it is extremely rare for any NFL player to play his entire career with just one team but some fans (here’s looking at you GB) think it is akin to treason for a player to play for another team for whatever reason. GB fans seem to believe they own a player for life…….kind of like believing they own stock in a team. Favre will forever be included with the greatest QB’s to ever play the game and GB fans should be ashamed of the way they treated him when he left.

  18. It’s too bad that there are people on this site that still feel the need to needlessly attack Brett Favre.

    If you watched last night, you saw Brett revel his true self, a very mature, humble, grateful man. He graciously thanked everyone in the organization, from the stadium custodians to the public relations department, naming all by full names or nicknames. He sincerely gave credit for his success to his teammates, coaches, front office and fans.

    I don’t see how, after how he presented himself at his ceremonies, you cannot come away liking the man or at very least respecting him and his contributions to the game.

    Finally, for the tools who “lol” at the $4 ticket price to attend, all proceeds went the to Favre4Hope Foundation, a wonderful charity organization run by his Mrs., helping folks in Wisconsin and Mississippi. So if your going to act ignorant, maybe best not to put it in writing for all to see.

  19. codythao35 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 8:50 AM
    Packers fans are fake fans, who have no forgiveness, who hated Brett Favre but pretended to be fans. I remember them swearing and spitting at him when he played for the Vikings. Pathetic WI people that’s why WI is the worst state in all 50 states. America should exclude them
    //////////////////////////////////

    Are all Viking trolls liars? It sure seems like it. If not lies, then insults, putdowns, and jealous rants.

    Viking fans have an inbred superiority complex. The twenty plus years of futility by the Packers made their inbred attitude very easy. The reason they are now all so obsessed and jealous of us is because the Packers own the Vikings. Their negative mindsets are ready to explode. They are forced to feel superior in the most innocuous and unimportant ways. As in: “Most daily insults spewed,” or “Emptiest trophy case in the NFL,” and a fan-favorite…”most Maybe Next Year t-shirts printed.”

    That’s the only ammunition they have.

  20. “Obviously reading some of the comments on here though, some people in that cold, sad wasteland, still haven’t got over it.”

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    I was born in Minnesota. It’s really not that bad.

  21. stevenwilliams2013 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 9:23 AM
    There is nothing else to do in Greenbay. They don’t even have a strip club.
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    People came from all over the country and the world. 360,000 people from all over the world purchased souvenir stock. 67,000 people donated the $4.00 admission to a Favre-related charity.

    Haters are jealous losers. You should reconsider pointing out that fact to all the readers here. .

  22. It never fails. A feel good story is dumped on by so-called “fans” of other teams who hate the Packers because they’re jealous of them.

    The fact that almost 70,000 GB fans turn out to honor one of their greatest players — and one of the greatest players to ever play in the NFL — shows how classy they are.

    Yes, it was a bitter departure for Brett from the Packers. And yes, many fans took sides and had knee-jerk reactions. But anyone who didn’t realize this day would happen in the future, simply doesn’t understand the tradition of the Packers.

    Ron Wolf said it best when he was trying to sign the best free agent ever — Reggie White. He told Reggie if he signed with someone else, he’d be a hero, but if he signed with the Packers, he’d be a legend.

    The Packers are the most unique sports franchise in America. They are also the team which has won more championships than any other NFL team.

    Brett Favre was a great QB, one of the best ever. As with all sports figures who attain greatness, there is always a faction of so-called fans who love tearing them down. Their negativity is borne out of jealousy because Favre helped the Packers beat their teams.

    Congratulations to Brett on one of the greatest careers ever in the NFL. In your prime, you were the best player in the NFL, and now — like Reggie — you are a legend.

  23. sgunderson17 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 8:23 AM

    Not very intelligent or informed of you to imply that all Packer fans booed Favre back in 2009.

    ))))))))))))))))))))

    A very disingenuous statement by you when everyone knows the vast majority of packer fans were booing that night. Just like the majority cheered when AD hurt his knee there. You saying otherwise doesn’t change things.

  24. There are so many Packer fans in Green Bay for the same reason Lincoln, NE is obsessed with the Huskers. There is nothing else there. It’s either watch the packers or re runs of Murder She Wrote

  25. Its incredible to me that so many packer fans hold Favre at blame for the departure. Favre was TRADED by GB. Not only that, they included a poison pill in the deal, jets couldn’t trade him to the vikes. All of that because not one of them had the gonads to tell FAVRE they were going to play Rodgers. Say what you want about Ind’s owner….but much classier than old TT and the packers. Manning was released and thanked. Favre was treated poorly, like a traitor, for changing his mind and wanting to play. Those are the facts. No courage from Thompson or McCarthy. A little honesty goes a long way. Those are the facts. Packer fans, some, are sickening.

  26. Hopefully after 5 years, the negative effects of putting on that purple jersey will have worn off.

    That said, Favre is and always will be a Green Bay Packer. He gave us Packer fans a Super Bowl championship and a lot of unforgettable memories.

    It’s just too bad he had to blemish the end of his career by signing with that purple laughingstock to the west.

  27. I saw every game he ever played. My blood pressure would double on most Sunday’s he played. His playing style was exactly what us the fans paid to see: heart, skill, improvisation, arm strength all on display every game for a long, long time. There might be better QB’s to have played the game, but there will only be one Brett Favre!

  28. Sad whiny Viking fans disappointed that the Packers didn’t boo Brett so they could somehow ridicule us. Instead it was the opposite where everyone honored not just a Green Bay legend but the NFL is well. Because of that the best we hear is our town is small? Seriously that’s the best you guys have? Just go away and let some fans have a nice discussion about a great player.

    67,000 fans honor a man in retirement in 100 degree heat, that’s more than the Vikings can get to a game!

  29. …Farve entertained the large crowd by showing his nude selfie collection on the jumbotron

  30. And once again, Favre gets his most important thing on the planet……………………….do be on center stage. Me, Me, Me, Me!

  31. whatjusthapped says:
    Jul 19, 2015 9:00 AM
    I find it absolutely hilarious that Brett would choose to mock the Vikings in a speech at Lambeau. I mean, who in God’s name, send their head coach to the airport to pick up a player? It sends the wrong message to the other 52 players on the roster, it is classless and a demonstration of poor judgement. And Favre could have picked a thousand other stories to tell and I find it fitting that he picks one that shows the most classless franchise and their clueless head coach.
    —-
    Getting picked up by a head coach happens more often than you think. College and in pros. It’s a sign of respect

    What’s more fitting is that Favre told a story about a fanbase that doesn’t even know it’s own players yet claims to be the best fanbase in the world.

    If any other team traded for someone I bet that as real fans they would know the name of that player.

    Way to stick it to the packers one more time Brett!

  32. Makes me very proud to be a lifetime Packer fan. Lots of class shown by Favre and family and the Packers organization. Welcome back 4.

  33. Go figure. An article that provided a perfect opportunity for all of the regular viking fan posters on this site to take a moment and set aside their petty jealousy and envy and obsession for all things Green Bay Packer-related and say something nice about the man or the fans. The same man who provided them with some pretty good memories for their own team. But only a couple of them could find the strength to actually do it. Sad.

  34. It’s unfortunate a certain fan base from a team that has NO TROPHYS would mock a another fan base for retiring perhaps the best, most exciting NFL player in the past 50 years.

    My dad taught me at a young age;
    “If you don’t have something good to say, Don’t say anything at all”.

    May our residents of the neighboring state to the west consider the same.

  35. Favre’s career was a storybook, looking like he was going to be the greatest QB/maybe NFL player ever right up until Super Bowl 32 game that the Packers lost. What followed was lots of great, gutsy perfomances including the game shortly after his father passed away. But lots of missed opportunities, huge crucial interceptions. Besides Super Bowl 32 – he had 3 other extremely good shots to win it all and blew it – the Eagles OT interception, the Giants OT interception and the Vikings vs Saints OT interception. All 3 of those teams were the best in the NFL that year.

    Best football player in the 90’s.

  36. Haha certain other *unnamed* fanbases are really letting their jealousy shine through in this thread.

  37. Why are they honoring him during a meaningless day in the summer rather then during the fall football season at halftime.. What is the point?

  38. Blown away at the unbelievable negatively-rooted commentary here. Whether its directly disrespecting Brett Favre, the fans, or general organization. Some people have no bounds to which they spew negativity in a time where we should be celebrating an athlete who played a large role in helping to resurrect an at-the-time struggling American sports franchise in an American sports league. Time to turn off your wicked and immature stabs at the man who is widely considered one of the most exciting players to play the game of American football. Grow up.

  39. nfliferfan22 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 12:24 PM
    Why are they honoring him during a meaningless day in the summer rather then during the fall football season at halftime.. What is the point?

    Packer HOF this weekend.

    Number retired and entry into the ring of honor during the Bears game. The only other NFC north team worthy of any respect whatsoever.

    You can’t sell/raise money for charity during a regular season game like they could this weekend. See, it’s not about what Favre can do for Favre – it’s about taking advantage of the blessings in his life to do for others.

    Raising charity cash was part of that plan.

  40. As a Phish Phan, Favre embodied improvisation similar to Trey Anastasio of Phish. As an NFL fan, Favre embodied the passion and determination of a legend. No athlete that I can recall watching looked like he was having as much fun as #4 was during his playing career. The man loved to play the game of football, and as a Ravens fan, I would have taken a 40+ year old Brett Favre over the likes of some Ravens duds at QB like Kyle Boller, Elvis Grbac, Stoney Case, etc. Cheers to a legend, #4.

  41. GenXJ says:
    Jul 19, 2015 8:53 AM
    67k is all.
    We all thought these were the greatest of all, in the entire universe, bandwagon fans ever.
    ===========================================

    I think you’re confusing Packers fans with Seattle fans who are well known for being bandwagoners and stealers of trademarked slogans.

  42. Minnesota fan is just bitter because they still have to wait one more year to get back into the arena football league..

  43. That’s pretty cool that things came full circle and he’s back to being honored where he belongs. I couldn’t stand him on the Packers because he always made some great plays against the Vikings but I always respected him and his game. How could you be a football fan and not? I wasn’t thrilled when Childress brought him in but that play to beat the ‘Niners will be on his all-time highlight reel and I still smile when I see it. As much as I dislike the Packers trolls on here I actually respect real Packers fans and I’m glad that most can realize how much he meant to the team and let the end of his career stuff go. 67,000+ is a great turnout, can’t dis a fanbase that comes out to support one of their heroes like that and not look like a schmuck.

  44. That is impressive. Sure, the price was only $4, but to have that many show up to just get a chance to cheer him, listen to him talk a bit, and then watch the actual ceremony on the big screen is pretty impressive. When the fans were booing him after he left, didn’t we all know it was just a matter of time before they welcomed him back?

    He is far from the greatest QB ever, and maybe isn’t even the best Packer QB ever. But, he was loved by the Packer fans and opposing fans hated to see him playing against your team when he was in his prime. He might throw a pick to cost the Packers, but more likely he would carve up your defense for a Packer win. He was entertaining as a QB, and did bring them a title.

  45. otheirony says:
    Jul 19, 2015 10:53 AM
    Its incredible to me that so many packer fans hold Favre at blame for the departure. Favre was TRADED by GB. Not only that, they included a poison pill in the deal, jets couldn’t trade him to the vikes. All of that because not one of them had the gonads to tell FAVRE they were going to play Rodgers. Say what you want about Ind’s owner….but much classier than old TT and the packers. Manning was released and thanked. Favre was treated poorly, like a traitor, for changing his mind and wanting to play. Those are the facts. No courage from Thompson or McCarthy. A little honesty goes a long way. Those are the facts. Packer fans, some, are sickening.

    =====================================

    I clearly remember that Favre said he could come back…..as Rodgers back up. Watch the Greta Van Susteren interview. He was clearly told what his circumstance was. Those are facts, yours are not.

  46. “”overatedselfpromoter says:
    Jul 19, 2015 5:49 AM
    67000 Cheeseheads sitting on aluminum benches in 100 degree heat. Funtimes in GB.””

    ?????????????????????

    Really? 100 degree heat? In Green Bay? During an evening ceramony?

    I’m not even a Packer fan but you are clearly just a delirious hater.

  47. powderkeg100 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 12:48 PM
    Living proof there is nothing to do in Wisconsin
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    Really? Unless there was something exactly like this event taking place in your city or state this past weekend, it would appear to me there is a lot MORE going on here than elsewhere. I’m sure you prefer the speed eating contests.

  48. stellarperformance says:
    Jul 19, 2015 10:33 AM

    stevenwilliams2013 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 9:23 AM
    There is nothing else to do in Greenbay. They don’t even have a strip club.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    People came from all over the country and the world. 360,000 people from all over the world purchased souvenir stock.
    ==========================
    They might be dumb enough to buy worthless stock AND then brag about it but even they are not dumb enough to pay to watch someone from Green Bay strip

  49. stellarperformance says:
    Jul 19, 2015 10:33 AM

    stevenwilliams2013 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 9:23 AM
    There is nothing else to do in Greenbay. They don’t even have a strip club.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    People came from all over the country and the world. 360,000 people from all over the world purchased souvenir stock.
    ==========================
    They might be dumb enough to buy worthless stock AND then brag about it but even they are not dumb enough to pay to watch a strip club in Green Bay

  50. Vikings fans win !! It’s official.
    They are now duly given the title of being the most uninformed, vile, venom spewing, jealous fan base in all of sports.
    Too bad there aren’t any Viking articles for them to comment on instead of GB Packer stories. Then again, I guess you have to be a winner to be recognized and that isn’t going to happen in Minnesota in any sport.

  51. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jul 19, 2015 2:46 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Jul 19, 2015 10:33 AM

    stevenwilliams2013 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 9:23 AM
    There is nothing else to do in Greenbay. They don’t even have a strip club.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    People came from all over the country and the world. 360,000 people from all over the world purchased souvenir stock.
    ==========================
    They might be dumb enough to buy worthless stock AND then brag about it but even they are not dumb enough to pay to watch a strip club in Green Bay
    ————————————————

    Talk about dumb how does one pay to watch a strip club exactly? Go away jealous troll!

  52. The gbay faithful needed to get a piece of Favre’s #4 Viking jersey.

    Favre was signing his 2009 jerseys for the pack faithful.

    Twice tearing their hearts out.

    When Favre did that twice, it was funny!!

  53. It’s truly amazing that for a state (Wisconsin) with absolutely nothing to do, we certainly have an influx of out of state tourism.

    Why do I spend my summers and autumns fighting traffic that spans from Door County, Wisconsin Dells, Eagle River and Lake Geneva.

    All of them with license plates from Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa.
    Hmmm……

  54. aaronitout12 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 1:21 PM

    otheirony says:
    Jul 19, 2015 10:53 AM
    Its incredible to me that so many packer fans hold Favre at blame for the departure. Favre was TRADED by GB. Not only that, they included a poison pill in the deal, jets couldn’t trade him to the vikes. All of that because not one of them had the gonads to tell FAVRE they were going to play Rodgers. Say what you want about Ind’s owner….but much classier than old TT and the packers. Manning was released and thanked. Favre was treated poorly, like a traitor, for changing his mind and wanting to play. Those are the facts. No courage from Thompson or McCarthy. A little honesty goes a long way. Those are the facts. Packer fans, some, are sickening.=====================================
    I clearly remember that Favre said he could come back…..as Rodgers back up. Watch the Greta Van Susteren interview. He was clearly told what his circumstance was. Those are facts, yours are not.
    ………………..
    He did come back to battle it out with Rodgers, they wouldn’t let him on the field. Cowards, he called their bluff.

  55. It was only a matter of time. He was the man I loved to hate when he played for the Packers, and I had a blast watching him play for my team for a couple years. He made my favorite rivalry in sports more fun regardless of which team he played for. By all means the Green Bay fans should and did welcome him back with open arms. Any Vikings fan mocking the Green Bay fans for doing so are being hypocritical. He was the ultimate villain to Vikings fans for all those years, yet countless people were celebrating in the street in front of Winter Park when he first signed with the Vikings and again when he returned the following season. Good for the Green Bay fans for getting past those two years and celebrating all the great times. He’s a one in a million QB and personality.

  56. good for brett. its where he belongs. kinda cool to see lambeau before the field lines and numbers/endzones are painted.

    and for you packer fans, what are you talking about?? there have been 2-3 viking fans posting their usual nonsense on here and 20-30 packer fans talking about favres time in minnesota. hopefully ya’ll can finally get over it and move past your creepy obsession with the vikings.

    enjoy your favre moment, stop bring up the vikings. jeez.

  57. One Viking fan says “They don’t even have a strip club”
    Actually we do (The Oval Office), but it’s a classy joint. So this idiot “stevenwilliams2013” not only has that fact wrong, but because it’s a high end gentleman’s club, he wouldn’t have known that, plus they wouldn’t have allowed this piece of trash in there anyway.
    Why do so many Minny fans get arrested in GB when the Vikings get their butts handed to them at Lambeau ??? Anger Issues ??

  58. There must not be a lot to do in Minnesota, either, judging by the amount of viking fans and the number of their posts on every Packer-related article on this site.

  59. Hey Packers, I have a great idea…. Put wax figures of Erin Rodgers, Gay Matthew and Mike McMuffin on the field at Lambeau and charge all those suckers from WI $10 to get in and take photos with them. Then next year have another stock sale.

  60. you think of all those years he was a packer, how he would constantly rip the metrodome as being his least favorite place to play. I remember he used to throw a ball at Ragnar on the motorcycle every single year….then he put on the purple. i never thought something like that would happen. to me, the only player that could go to a team that he used to hate more than any other, that could match favre going to the vikings, is jeter going to the red sox….maybe tom brady playing for the jets. that’s how big a deal it was when he went to the vikings.

  61. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Jul 19, 2015 5:04 PM
    Hey Packers, I have a great idea…. Put wax figures of Erin Rodgers, Gay Matthew and Mike McMuffin on the field at Lambeau and charge all those suckers from WI $10 to get in and take photos with them. Then next year have another stock sale.

    ———

    Lol you sound like your 10 years old. Those jokes suck. Simple minded jokes for simple minded people.

  62. Espn said very little about the whole packer HOF thing, the NFL network covered it live for about four hours. Comparing QBs in their prime is a toss up. Passing stats and passer ratings have become like video game stats because of all the pro offensive rule changes, receivers run across the middle with no fear and that is only one of the reasons two or three QBs A YEAR chase 5000 yds passing and is not uncommon for several to have well over 40 TD passes. Twenty years ago in was likely to lead the NFL if you had 34 TD passes, so you can prefer one guy over the other but stats will seem slanted toward active players because of the league wanting 35-28 scores. With Holmgren coaching the Pack he didn’t use the shotgun and mostly used two WR sets. Yes two, not the four WR sets you see teams using in the open drive. Holmgren also was not a coach who would continue to pass the ball if they had a 24-10 lead. I’ve seen Rodgers and crew drop back to pass up by 20 with five min. left in the game. That’s just the way the NFL is now, easier to pass than to run. Seattle is an exception defensively and it’s fun to see that defense matched against today’s offenses. Favre was great. Rodgers is great. He reminds me of Steve Young as far as being a guy that always has a high passer rating. It was also interesting a year or so ago Gregg Jenning and Donald Driver came out publicly saying which QB was a better leader. Rodgers could retire two days from now and be a HOFer. For Packer fans its a win win. Younger fans will adore the current guy and fans that suffered through the late seventies and through the eighties will remember the feeling in the nineties when all of a sudden the Packers had the best football player on the planet playing the most important position and the franchise was relevant after 20 years. Good Day. Oh and yes Favre threw many picks, it was a roller coaster but he was exciting to watch and may not have all the Super Bowls but he did win more games than anyone when he retired. Brady and Manning could already have broke that record, those are two pretty fantastic QBs to have break your record but I doubt anyone will break the 337 INT 🙂

  63. harryhands9 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 3:41 PM

    I clearly remember that Favre said he could come back…..as Rodgers back up. Watch the Greta Van Susteren interview. He was clearly told what his circumstance was. Those are facts, yours are not.
    ………………..
    He did come back to battle it out with Rodgers, they wouldn’t let him on the field. Cowards, he called their bluff.

    ===================================

    Favre refused to be a back up. WATCH THE INTERVIEW! It really is not that hard to understand……. He thought he could retire, miss all of offseason training and just show up for training camp(after it had already started mind you) and be handed the starting spot. It is clearly water over the dam now, but you people don’t even know the facts.

  64. I agree with Frazier28/7 – There are very, very few Vikings fan comments poking jabs compared to the dozens of Pack fans just ripping on the Vikings. I have never seen this much vitriol, even from the Vikings fan base on a Vikings article. It is hypocritical of all of you to say “we shouldn’t be posting on a Packers article” (hello, Favre played for the Vikes AND the Packers), “Vikings fans are vile” (what do you call the majority of the spew above this?), etc, etc.

    Oh, and- greengoldandbold, hypocrisy at its finest:
    greengoldandbold says:
    Jul 19, 2015 12:06 PM
    It’s unfortunate a certain fan base from a team that has NO TROPHYS would mock a another fan base for retiring perhaps the best, most exciting NFL player in the past 50 years.

    My dad taught me at a young age;
    “If you don’t have something good to say, Don’t say anything at all”.

    Take your own advice.

  65. More hypocrisy at its finest:

    stellarperformance says:
    Jul 19, 2015 10:20 AM
    codythao35 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 8:50 AM
    Packers fans are fake fans, who have no forgiveness, who hated Brett Favre but pretended to be fans. I remember them swearing and spitting at him when he played for the Vikings. Pathetic WI people that’s why WI is the worst state in all 50 states. America should exclude them
    //////////////////////////////////

    Are all Viking trolls liars? It sure seems like it. If not lies, then insults, putdowns, and jealous rants.

    Viking fans have an inbred superiority complex. The twenty plus years of futility by the Packers made their inbred attitude very easy. The reason they are now all so obsessed and jealous of us is because the Packers own the Vikings. Their negative mindsets are ready to explode. They are forced to feel superior in the most innocuous and unimportant ways. As in: “Most daily insults spewed,” or “Emptiest trophy case in the NFL,” and a fan-favorite…”most Maybe Next Year t-shirts printed.”

    Yes, lets all say how the Vikings fans are liars, insulting, have putdowns, etc.. and then proceed to lie about Vikings fans, insult them, and put them down. Fantastic!

  66. Not surprised there were so many there. It’s been a long, long time since that home crowd had a high quality QB to cheer on.

  67. futuresbmvpleveon says:
    Jul 19, 2015 7:16 PM
    Not surprised there were so many there. It’s been a long, long time since that home crowd had a high quality QB to cheer on.

    …………………………………………………………………………………………..

    STILL bitter over that Superbowl beatdown?

  68. stellarperformance says:
    Jul 19, 2015 10:20 AM
    codythao35 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 8:50 AM
    Packers fans are fake fans, who have no forgiveness, who hated Brett Favre but pretended to be fans. I remember them swearing and spitting at him when he played for the Vikings. Pathetic WI people that’s why WI is the worst state in all 50 states. America should exclude them
    //////////////////////////////////

    Are all Viking trolls liars? It sure seems like it. If not lies, then insults, putdowns, and jealous rants.

    Viking fans have an inbred superiority complex. The twenty plus years of futility by the Packers made their inbred attitude very easy. The reason they are now all so obsessed and jealous of us is because the Packers own the Vikings. Their negative mindsets are ready to explode. They are forced to feel superior in the most innocuous and unimportant ways. As in: “Most daily insults spewed,” or “Emptiest trophy case in the NFL,” and a fan-favorite…”most Maybe Next Year t-shirts printed.”
    ====================
    Something somebody said must have got this guy’s panties in a big bunch. Now that’s a rant. To quote Owen Wilson : “Wow!”

  69. hatersh8 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 7:01 PM

    Oh, and- greengoldandbold, hypocrisy at its finest:
    greengoldandbold says:
    Jul 19, 2015 12:06 PM
    It’s unfortunate a certain fan base from a team that has NO TROPHYS would mock a another fan base for retiring perhaps the best, most exciting NFL player in the past 50 years.

    My dad taught me at a young age;
    “If you don’t have something good to say, Don’t say anything at all”.

    Take your own advice.

    ………………………………………………………………………………………

    He doesn`t need to take his own advice. What he said wasn`t mean, just the truth.

  70. taintedsaints2009 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 5:26 PM
    was Favre’s last touchdown pass at lambeau field to randy moss? how funny would that be?
    …………………………………………………………………………………………..

    What is even funnier is that his last game at Lambeau Field was a loss to the Green Bay Packers.

  71. bridgeh2o says:
    Jul 19, 2015 3:27 PM
    The gbay faithful needed to get a piece of Favre’s #4 Viking jersey.

    Favre was signing his 2009 jerseys for the pack faithful.

    Twice tearing their hearts out.

    When Favre did that twice, it was funny!!

    …………………………………………………………………………………………..

    Not near as funny as the following year. Was he also signing his 2010 jerseys for the pack faithful?

  72. “A very disingenuous statement by you when everyone knows the vast majority of packer fans were booing that night. Just like the majority cheered when AD hurt his knee there. You saying otherwise doesn’t change things.”
    //////////////////////////

    Everyone knows? Really? Were you there? Because I was.

    You’re lying, which is no surprise because that is what Viking trolls do all day long.

  73. Aaronitout…u r struggling my man. Bottom line, the thing to do, the classy thing, was to release Favre. TT and minions had no class. Favre deserved to be treated much better. One of them had to go since both were top qbs and better than most starting qbs. So instead of treating the man that resurrected the franchise with appreciation and class, they poison pill him and trade him to the Jets. Those are facts young aaronitout….all Favre ever did wrong was change his mind to play. The Packers blew it.

  74. jimeejohnson says:
    Jul 19, 2015 7:00 PM
    Packers HOF = Vikings HOF
    //////////////////////////////////////

    Have you ever been to the Packers HOF? It’s better than Canton.

    I forgot…..where is the Viking HOF?

  75. ……..all Favre ever did wrong was change his mind to play. The Packers blew it.

    //////////////////////////////////

    Favre changed his mind……three times. That was the problem, and he now knows it. The Packers had a business to run.

    It’s not black and white.

  76. Favre did things only HE could do and restored the Pack to prominence, indeed. He was one of a kind, a fierce competitor, and one of the few players Vikings and Packers fans could root for. Packers did the classy thing here, as usual.

  77. powderkeg100 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 12:48 PM
    Living proof there is nothing to do in Wisconsin
    ____________________________________
    If that’s the case, then why in the HELL, can you turn around here in Western Wisconsin, without stepping on a Mud Duck? If your state’s so great, and this one sucks so much, stay over there!

  78. codythao35 says:
    Jul 19, 2015 8:50 AM

    Packers fans are fake fans, who have no forgiveness, who hated Brett Favre but pretended to be fans. I remember them swearing and spitting at him when he played for the Vikings. Pathetic WI people that’s why WI is the worst state in all 50 states. America should exclude them

    ——————————————–

    Your face is turning purple, queen. Calm down. Notice your rant includes the past tense like “hated”. Well over 67,000 fans with a 5 minute standing ovation for Brett Favre in 2015 does not demonstrate the dissension that USED to be. Green Bay forgives Brett for donning that ugly purple jersey. His legacy lives here, not there and it’ll be in the books as such. Sorry to make your face turn a darker side of purple, princess…

  79. otheirony says:
    Jul 19, 2015 8:59 PM
    Aaronitout…u r struggling my man. Bottom line, the thing to do, the classy thing, was to release Favre. TT and minions had no class. Favre deserved to be treated much better. One of them had to go since both were top qbs and better than most starting qbs. So instead of treating the man that resurrected the franchise with appreciation and class, they poison pill him and trade him to the Jets. Those are facts young aaronitout….all Favre ever did wrong was change his mind to play. The Packers blew it.

    ======================================

    So when you have two great QB’s you just cut one loose? Their isn’t one GM or fan with ANY football knowledge that would agree with you. What happened with Montana? What about when Cassel had great year in New England? Even Hasselbeck here in GB? FACT is, QB’s are highly sought after. If you can get compensation for an aging vet when you have a superstar in the folds, you make that move. That 3rd round pick we received for Brett in turn give us more leverage to land the 26th overall pick in 2009 draft….a certain guy named Clay Matthews. Rodgers and Matthews just may have been the two most important pieces in our last Super Bowl season. You see, otheirony, the NFL is a business. You must make the tough business decisions for what is right for your team. While it is impossible to win the Super Bowl every year, we now at least have a chance with Rodgers at the helm. While we all must respect the body of work Brett has put together, Thompson obviously made the right decision. TEAM IS ALWAYS FIRST.

  80. lambeauandlombardi says:
    Jul 19, 2015 7:37 PM
    futuresbmvpleveon says:
    Jul 19, 2015 7:16 PM
    Not surprised there were so many there. It’s been a long, long time since that home crowd had a high quality QB to cheer on.

    …………………………………………………………………………………………..

    STILL bitter over that Superbowl beatdown?

    =====================================

    Lol, you stole the words outta my mouth lambeauandlombardi!

  81. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jul 19, 2015 7:40
    “Something somebody said must have got this guy’s panties in a big bunch. Now that’s a rant. To quote Owen Wilson : “Wow!”
    //////////////////////////////

    Nah. I’m not even mildly annoyed. I’m just telling the truth. And I’m glad the Viking trolls came out in force for this one…..all the other NFL Favre fans can see you for what you really are…..obsessed.

    Have a nice day.

  82. Reading some behind the scenes books on the Montana/Steve Young issue the 49ers faced, it was interesting that the powers at be in the front office worked with Joe Montana in finding a place he wanted to play. He was given the choice to where he was gonna finish up because of what he meant and had done for the franchise. It would have been nice if the Packers had tried that but they knew where he was gonna go and it was hard to swallow cause Ted knew he could still play effective football. I really believe Ted would have let Favre play in 2008 since he was there from the time Favre arrived but McCarthy was the road block and I kinda think McCarthy wanted his own guy running his team, he also knew Rodgers was ready but I think he felt if the Packers win with Favre, Favre gets the credit, right or wrong. And as it has worked out McCarthy is connected with Rodgers and credited with reworking Rodgers delivery and what not. Similar to how Holmgren is connected with Favre. Can’t sight a source but from a third hand source McCarthy was heard to say “He won’t throw another pass for the Green Bay Packers……”, after he threw the overtime INT against the Giants. Ted Thompson kept in contact with Favre after he was traded to the Jets and congratulated Favre after his 6 touchdown passes as well he sent him “nice job” text after the two Packer/Viking games in 2009 according to Favre. For years I believed Ted was the hurdle that kept it from going for one more year. I have come to fully believe Mike McCarthy was the one who said no more. Been nice to see Favre play the one more year and retire but it didn’t happen. And hard to suggest McCarthy was wrong. As a fan I would have like to have seen what the Jets could have done had Favre’s bicep not been torn, and the following year if Brad Childress doesn’t forget how to substitute during a timeout (flagged for to many men in the huddle after calling a time out). If that wouldn’t have happened there is no need to pass, they were already in or darn close to Longwell’s range indoors but the five yard penalty changed all that. But sports can be heartbreaking. Ifs and buts……. What if 4-26 I think it was in Philly or if the coaching staff made an adjustment in the Giants-Packers NFC Championship game to give help on Plaxico in the second half that pick may not have happened either. I try hard to come up with an excuse/reason for the 5 or maybe 6 INTs he tossed against the Rams but I got nothing. It is what it is…….

  83. Favre is a fake. It was never about the love of being a Packer, it was his love of being Brett Favre and nobody else. The guy craves attention like an addict needs his product.

  84. Aaronitout…lol….yeah team first. Like Manning and the colts. They only had 1 qb of note…luck was unproven. Yet, they did the classy thing and released him. Didn’t trade him and poison pill anything. BTW, no poison pill in Montana trade….traded him to a contender did the 49ers. Hmmm. Notice any difference yet? Get over your man crush with Rodgers. I get the business side….wow…Packers didn’t want Favre to play ANYWHERE..INCLUDING GREEN BAY. WATCH THE INTERVIEW YOURSELF. JEEZ.

  85. “If you watched last night, you saw Brett revel his true self, a very mature, humble, grateful man. He graciously thanked everyone in the organization, from the stadium custodians to the public relations department, naming all by full names or nicknames. He sincerely gave credit for his success to his teammates, coaches, front office and fans.

    I don’t see how, after how he presented himself at his ceremonies, you cannot come away liking the man or at very least respecting him and his contributions to the game.”

    I am definitely not an anti-Favre Packers fan, but Favre thanked everyone (including the little people most fans never heard of) except GM Ted Thompson. To me that shows that he still is not over it – it doesn’t show maturity or humility or graciousness. I’ll write a letter to Thompson myself and thank him for making the correct, although difficult, decision.

  86. “Today was such a success that we are already looking forward to charging $20 per person on the day when Erin Rodgers is inducted into the Packers HOF” – Packers Front Office

  87. jimeejohnson says:
    Jul 19, 2015 9:34 PM
    Packers did the classy thing here, as usual.
    —-
    As usual?

    The packers kept a player who just fired his gun off at two women and hid it in the flower lot like the master criminal he is.

    As usual you say?

  88. The Viking trolls have outdone themselves. On a simpler story they can take potshots at the Packers and their fans without drawing much attention.

    But this story has people tuning in from every team in the league. Everyone else can now begin to understand what Packer fans have known for a long time.

    The Viking trolls that show up with their insults and putdowns are obsessed to a strange degree. Their inbred superiority complexes are stymied by the dominance the Packers have over their team of choice.

    They are not handling it well.

  89. stellarperformance says:
    Jul 19, 2015 10:06 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Jul 19, 2015 7:40
    “Something somebody said must have got this guy’s panties in a big bunch. Now that’s a rant. To quote Owen Wilson : “Wow!”
    //////////////////////////////

    Nah. I’m not even mildly annoyed. I’m just telling the truth. And I’m glad the Viking trolls came out in force for this one…..all the other NFL Favre fans can see you for what you really are…..obsessed.

    Have a nice day.
    —————————————
    It is monkey does not monkey says unless you are a Packer fan lemming, Go count your rant on this story. 😛

  90. Welcome Home Bart Farve!!! We missed you. The only Packer since Max McGee that could keep up with the locals at the tavern. Who cares if it lead to crazy things like your pants around your ankles and pretending to take Frank Winters from behind. Lucky for you, the local didn’t have cell phones with cameras, but we do have fond memories.

  91. otheirony says:
    Jul 19, 2015 11:00 PM
    Aaronitout…lol….yeah team first. Like Manning and the colts. They only had 1 qb of note…luck was unproven. Yet, they did the classy thing and released him. Didn’t trade him and poison pill anything. BTW, no poison pill in Montana trade….traded him to a contender did the 49ers. Hmmm. Notice any difference yet? Get over your man crush with Rodgers. I get the business side….wow…Packers didn’t want Favre to play ANYWHERE..INCLUDING GREEN BAY. WATCH THE INTERVIEW YOURSELF. JEEZ.

    ====================================

    First off, it is apparent you are either buying your dope to Mr. Irsay or selling it. Because your obsession with Manning and the Colts is quite weird. Secondly, the Packers didn’t want Favre in our division. That is a problem? He was still a good QB, but his days were numbered. People all over the WORKING world have no compete clauses if/when they leave their current job. What is the “poison pill” anyways? The fact he couldn’t be traded within the division? That is something you just don’t do as a GM. You don’t trade an icon like Favre to Chicago or Minnesota if you want to keep your job. As for my “obsession” with Rodgers? His time is coming as well. Father time is undefeated. But one thing I can tell you is this: I was a Packer fan before and after Favre, I will also be a Packer fan post-Rodgers era. Remember Rodgers only had one year left on his rookie contract when Favre RETIRED. Would Aaron have resigned to be a back up again? Doubtful…….

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