The schism that once existed between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers continues to shrink.
Perhaps it may have finally vanished.
In an interview with Joe Buscaglia of 550 WGR Radio in Buffalo, Favre made his strongest remarks to date that he is ready to return to the Packers family. When asked if he had any regrets about how his departure from Green Bay went down, Favre replied with the following:
“It’s the way it is. It is what it is. It’s over and done with. I was at fault. I feel that both sides had a part in it. If you could go back would I or them have done things differently? I’m sure both sides would. But you can’t.”
This is one of, if not the very first times Favre has actually admitting to some kind of wrongdoing in his 2008 standoff and eventual separation with the Packers. These perhaps are the words many fans have been waiting to hear out of the former quarterback before they would be willing to once again embrace Favre as one of their own.
He also said that he and current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers “have a good relationship.” That’s quite a change from when the Packers were preparing for Super Bowl XLV and Rodgers said he didn’t have a relationship with Favre. The joint presentation the two quarterbacks made at the NFL Honors show in February obviously got the ball rolling.
Favre also acknowledged that he has had discussions with Packers president Mark Murphy and also recognized that Murphy walked into a “hornet’s nest” when he took over as president and CEO for Bob Harlan. He also said he played for a lot of great coaches “that branched out” and mentioned Mike McCarthy as being among them.
Packers fans know Favre better than anyone. The phrase “I am sorry” has never been in his repertoire. Most can probably count on one hand the amount of times Favre has admitted to fault on anything, whether on the football field or in life. The Favre heard in the interview sounded like an older and wiser gunslinger.
Will this be enough to bring a good chunk of Packer Nation around to once again embrace their former hero? Maybe it is, maybe it’s not. Some people are just so cynical and bitter that there is nothing anyone can do to change their minds or their ways. It’s unfortunate that people have to go through life like that, especially over a game like football, but as Favre said “it is what it is.”
Reconciliation between Favre and the Packers is inevitable. If both Murphy and Rodgers are intent on making it happen, then nothing will stop it. Favre will come back to Lambeau to have his number retired and all will be right in the Packers kingdom once again.
Everyone is human and make mistakes. People perceive to have been screwed over by employers and then go to a competitor to get revenge. It happens all the time. That doesn’t make it right, but it’s human nature to seek revenge at times.
To the fans continuing to hold a grudge against Favre, consider this: Rodgers, the man you all worship and who was personally affected by the debacle in 2008, says it’s time to move on. Murphy, whose time as Packers president faced the ultimate trial by fire test that summer, says it’s time to move on.
Two people who were far more impacted than you by what Favre did are letting bygones be bygones and are willing to welcome Favre back.
If you want to remain angry at Favre forever, that is your choice. It’s just a shame someone can go so long being so angry at someone they (most likely) have never met face-to-face.
Bury the hatchet. For the good of the organization you love so dearly and the fans you share a special kinship with, let it go.
The storm has passed. They’re coming back across the Rubicon. The train is coming back to the station with an old friend in tow.
It’s time to welcome Favre home.——————
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke