We all understand that Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre have had a tough past. The Old Gunslinger was entrenched as the Green Bay Packers quarterback, having broken every passing and longevity record known to the NFL.
Then came the retirement, the reconsideration and the divorce. The Packers decided to move on and away from Brett and Aaron stepped in as the team’s number one player. Brett wanted to come back, but the team didn’t want him.
Brett went on to the Jets, Aaron manned a 6-10 Packers team in 2008. Brett retired again, then reconsidered and then signed with the Minnesota Vikings for one more shot at shafting his former team.
He did just that in 2009 when he led the Vikings to two wins over the Packers and the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game where his downfall came. There he threw that infamous interception that eventually led to a Saints field goal and a trip to the Super Bowl.
The Packers continued to improve and Rodgers would get the best of Favre in 2010 when the Packers beat the Vikings twice and helped bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Titletown.
So Saturday night’s meeting of the two former Most Valuable Players and Super Bowl champions on stage warmed our hearts, brought tears to our eyes and helped to heal the hurt for so many Packers and NFL fans who know that someday the Packers will hold a Brett Favre Day to retire his number and add his name to the ring of honor.
Tonight’s meeting may have been the beginning of a renewed relationship … at least that’s our hope.