Another sore subject for some Packer fans
Few of you likely heard it Monday: A radio interview that ESPN’s Mike Tirico did with Brett Favre. (Check it out at about the 14:30 mark of the link above).
Favre reminisced about his time in Green Bay, where he played quarterback so well from 1992 to 2007. He says he “enjoyed the moment.”
Now, five years after he left Green Bay amid a bitter breakup, he sounds hopeful to someday return to Lambeau Field and have his No. 4. retired.
"I know that day” will come, Favre said. "How that will unfold, I have no idea when that will happen. I don't think their side is thinking about it. They're trying to figure out how to get back to the Super Bowl, and really I've got my plate full. I think that's good for both sides, not that we don't need to shake hands and move on. I think in some ways that has happened, but you know, I do see the day, it's going to happen. When? I have no idea."
Favre also told Tirico: "You look at Lambeau Field and where that place has gone and how it's evolved, I can't help but feel a sense of being a part of that. And so, even though it's a shame the way things went down between I and the Packers, as time goes by, you just kind of, it's kind of like a grudge, you just kind of get over it."
Favre said he understood the Packer legend before he joined the team even though he didn’t know exactly where Green Bay was. He marveled at how players such as Bart Starr, Paul Hornug and Willie Wood would return as honorary game captains or for alumni days.
Yet when asked if he roots for or against the Packers during games today or is just indifferent, he replied “indifferent.”
What? Favre isn’t the only person who left Green Bay before ending his career. For example, Vince Lombardi left Green Bay to coach the Redskins. Yet he’s revered by Packer fans today. Do you think, if Lombardi were alive today, he’d be “indifferent” about watching a Packer game? I doubt it.
If Favre wants fans to welcome him back and to join the team’s returning legends, doesn’t it make sense that he’d be welcoming Packer victories these days?
Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or follow him on Twitter or