For five drawn out years, the relationship gap between the Green Bay Packers and former MVP quarterback Brett Favre has been a sizable one.
Now, the man originally stuck in the middle of one of the worst divorces in sports history is ready to help move along the process of healing between the two sides.
Appearing on his radio show with Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee Tuesday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted that his reunion with Favre Saturday was a signal to all that it’s now time to let bygones be bygones.
“I think it’s important to realize that it is time to move forward,” Rodgers said.
“As the face of the franchise, I felt like it was important that I take a leadership role in that,” Rodgers continued. “Not that one was needed now, but I thought it was good timing to just let the fans know, let Brett know; let’s move forward. Let’s heal things up and let’s move forward.”
Rodgers and Favre appeared on stage together during the NFL Honors event in New Orleans Saturday night. While presenting the award for NFL Comeback Player of the Year, the two shared a scripted laugh, a purposely awkward moment and a handshake that was long time coming for two of the greatest quarterbacks in the franchise’s history.
Rodgers said he was approached about the idea a week in advance, and initially needed some time to think before confirming. But he eventually decided sharing the stage with Favre would be a benefit for everyone involved.
“They pitched to me this idea of presenting with Brett, just to see how I would feel about it. And I thought about it for a little bit,” Rodgers said. “But I really felt strongly that it was going to be a good thing for both of us and for Packer nation.”
Credit Rodgers for advancing a cause that likely needed a middle man.
“I’m ready to move forward in regards to things with Brett,” Rodgers said. “I think this was a good thing for our team, good for our organization, and hopefully they feel the same way, Packers fans feel the same way. Things happen, and I think its important to move forward and for the healing process to begin.”