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Another Interview, Another Olive Branch Offering From Brett Favre

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Another Interview, Another Olive Branch Offering From Brett Favre

The olive-branch offerings continue coming in from former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre.

And with every interview Favre does, a reunion with his former franchise appears more and more likely.

In an interview with Bruce Murray and Jim Miller of Sirius XM Radio Thursday (full transcript can be found here, via Packer Report), Favre talked about playing in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers and eventually reconciling with the Packers franchise.

Here are some of the quotes I felt to be the most interesting:

On the breakup in 2008: "The way the end went down, it’s unfortunate. It’s unfortunate on my end, it’s unfortunate on their end, that were even having to talk about this today, but they wanted to go in a different direction and quite frankly I had no problems with that. I still felt like I could play. I left them in limbo, as we all know, kinda ‘yeah,’ ‘no.’ Just, I didn’t want to make a decision until I got right up to training camp and that’s probably where I was at fault. I was also at fault for saying, ‘I’m retiring,’ because at that time and day that I talked to Mike McCarthy I didn’t want to play.”

On Aaron Rodgers: "Aaron has played extremely well, probably even better than anyone anticipated, but I knew he was capable of that and that’s why they drafted him. Barring any injury he’ll shatter everything I ever did there except for maybe consecutive games. But the guy has been tremendous, great move on their part.”

On an eventual reunion: “When will the day come that I go back? I don’t know that for certain. I think both sides agree that there is no sense in rushing anything just for the public or whatever. I don’t know what the response will be from the fans. I think there’s a great deal of fans that respect the way I played and what I did for that organization."

On being an ambassador for the Packers franchise: “Well, first of all, I don’t think they need one. … It’s the Green Bay Packers. The tradition, the history, the former players, the coaches that make up this great history, speaks for itself. I don’t have to go out and promote the Green Bay Packers. I don’t want a position. I don’t want to be given one just for kicks and giggles. I’ll say it here, I’ll say it anytime to anyone, that is a tremendous organization."

On playing in Green Bay: "I think, in due time, people will always remember me as a Green Bay Packer, which is true. My two years in Minnesota were great. I got to see [Green Bay] from the other side, which made me appreciate it even more."

On coming back for games in Green Bay: “Well, to what extent that will happen - and I'll tell you why it probably will happen less, is because I don't really like traveling, to be honest with you. (laughs) After 20 years, I got tired of traveling back and forth. … Will I go to some games? Will I be a part of it? Absolutely. To what extent, I have no idea."

Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at zachkruse2@gmail.com.

Comments (19)

GBPDAN's picture

Im glad to see Brett working his way back into the fam.

I bleed Green More's picture

It will happen just when we do not know. Lets just get it over with he gave a lot to this team.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Dick.

Jamie's picture

Zach - I'm surprised this wasn't touched on a month or so back, but whenever Rodgers signed his extension both TT and MM made sure to first mention Favre when praising Rodgers and the extension.

Go back to each of their first PCs after the deal, and you'll hear it. It was clearly something that was planned...the first public olive branch if you will.

Just thought the start of the public olive branches from the Packers was worth mentioning.

dawg's picture

Time, we need time!
Hard to scrub purple, out of Green and Gold!!
Fuck Murphy, and the rest, has no GB history!

Nononsense's picture

Great to see cooler heads prevail. Time heals all wounds.

I know as a fan when Favre retired and had the press conference, thats when I turned the page. Without that I never would have believed he was done playing.

dawg's picture

Murphy!
WE need time!

PackerBacker's picture

Dude, it's been years. It's a game. GET OVER IT.

MarkinMadison's picture

I'm as critical of Farve as anyone. Heck, I'm still warming up to Chewy. But it's time. He has accepted some blame. Yeah, he went and wore the girly color to stick it to TT and MM, but being a douche is not a crime. It. Is. Time.

dawg's picture

WWVD

What Would Vince Do!

He would have traded him on the first hint of retirement!

BUT, as a whole, I hope it all works out, after TT and MM are gone!

Respect!

Mojo's picture

As long as this topic has come up again, I'll bring up the an aspect of this I HATE. That the Packers were in part at fault for what went down. I ask, what did the Packers do that was wrong? I've heard others ask the same question, but no one gives a direct answer. It's always some vague nondescript response.

I keep hearing that both sides were at fault, but once again what was the Packers part in it? Favre retired. About a month later Favre wanted in and the Packers were willing to let him come back, but then he waffled again. From that point the Pack moved on. It was the right decision. Favre himself said as per above; "I left them in limbo, as we all know", etc. etc.

For the Favre apologists out there, I can understand your passion in supporting him. For many of you he was the only QB you ever saw in a GB uniform. He was lauded by the media. He was a big part of the Packer renaissance. But as far as culpability, the ugly divorce was entirely his fault. After he retired he knew he could put the Pack in a bad situation by trying to come back and so he did. Big time asshole move.

So if he wants to take responsibility fine, but man-up and apologize to MM and TT for putting them in a no-win situation. He especially owes TT for all the vitriol that's been spewed his way over the years because of this. It was all needless and evolved because of Favre's ego.

zeke's picture

Spot on, and kudos to you for trying to inject logic and common sense into an argument where there is apparently room for neither.

Jamie's picture

The only thing I have heard, but don't personally agree that is something to blame TT or the organization for, is the releasing of the timeline that made Favre look dishonest (which he was) about what transpired between him and the organization.

Some perceive that move by TT as underhanded, but it was the truth and IMO TT doesn't operate with underhanded motives. TT saw it as a way to clarify to the public what really happened and when.

Some also see this as rubbing it in Favre's face - creating a further divide between the two parties - while underestimating Favre's reaction. If looked at that way, it could be viewed as an error in judgement on TT's part. I personally disagree that they underestimated anything. If telling the truth agitated Favre even more...so be it.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Well put, exactly the way I see the situation.

Fan's picture

100% agree.

doug's picture

Opinions are changing, slowly. All parties are coming around. We'll all be family again if the timing is right on the ceremony. And we all will feel better for it. Kumbaya.

Tony's picture

Brett really, really pissed me off by going to Minnesota. I hate that team more than anything. But it will make me so happy when he's finally welcomed back to the family. Time heals all wounds, and I think the ones he left on us are healing up nicely.

Lucky953's picture

Of course, Favre will be revered as one of the Packer greats. Just wait 10 years please. Murphy, you don't know jack about this franchise if you're going to shove this down our throats.

Stroh's picture

Dude really, you should be over this by now! Its not being shoved down our throats. They're letting bits and pieces of a reconciliation out a little at a time to prepare people like you for this.

I loved, then hated Favre as much as anyone, but time to move on.

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