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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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