Time does heal all wounds.
In a recent interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Brett Favre wasn’t short about his former employer and he didn’t make any demands about the future.
He was refreshingly honest.
‘Time heals a lot of things, and I think in this case, you’re playing for the rival team, things are going to change,” Favre said. “There’s no better history than there is in Green Bay – the tradition, and people love their team there, and they usually hate the other team. So when you join their opponent, that’s going to happen.”
It seems like the time spent pumping iron has cleared Favre’s mind.
Remember when Favre “retired” in the spring of 2008, things became a little sticky with him and Ted Thompson after Favre asked for an unconditional release so he could play for another team. He also was a guest on the Fox News Channel show “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren,” where he said the Packers were dishonest with him.
Obviously, no matter how you feel about Favre, he deserves to be honored by the Packers. He is the only player to win the AP MVP award three straight times and he owns eight major passing records including career passing touchdowns (508) and career passing yards (71,838).
It’s also interesting that Favre was asked about Aaron Rodgers. It has been widely reported that Favre wasn’t ready to write a how-to book on mentoring when the Packers drafted Rodgers in 2005.
“I’m no idiot, I know that there’s always someone who’s going to replace you,” said Favre. “The fact he was drafted in the first round, it was time for him to give it a shot. When I did retire, he became that guy. I understand that. I have no ill feelings or animosity towards Aaron. In fact, I thought we got along well. We watched tons of film together to help him along the way.”
If they got along so well, why didn’t Favre speak up when Rodgers’ car was getting keyed in the player’s lot? Why didn’t Favre say anything about the alarming boos that Rodgers received when he set foot on the practice field in 2008?
But, Favre was transparent. This was the guy that everyone wanted to hang around and wanted a piece of and now he has become ever more disconnected.
“But obviously we all know how good of a player Aaron is and I’ll be the first to say it – the guy is tremendous player, Favre said. “He should have a long, long career barring injury. I can’t speak for Aaron. Do we talk all the time? No, we don’t, but do I talk to most guys I played with? No, I don’t. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, and I’m not surprised how well he’s played.”
Favre has been through a lot in his career. Much of it is self-induced, like his drinking binges in Appleton and Vicodin addiction. But the reason that he is beloved is because of things that he cannot control, like how he responded and played a day after his father died of a heart attack or stroke. His play didn’t fall off him when his wife Deanna was diagnosed with breast cancer and he didn’t give a woe is me speech when Hurricane Katrina damaged his home.
It’s easy for people to identity with Favre because everything that he has been through, makes him just like most guys in America.
Which is why he will ultimately be revered when he is etched into the Ring of Honor. Fans grumbled when Favre went across the border and nearly gave the Vikings a Super Bowl appearance.
But he was and always will be a Packer and it’s time for young Packers’ fans to get reacquainted with the guy they may have never seen in a green and gold jersey.——————
Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn