Green Bay Packers Team President Mark Murphy told reporters today while being interviewed at the National Football League meetings being held in Phoenix, Ariz., that he thought the franchise was moving closer to the day when they would honor Brett Favre.
According to a report on the Green Bay Press Gazette, Murphy said that no date has yet been set and it might not even occur this year, but he feels that the time is fast approaching when the team, Favre and the team’s fans will come together for a lovefest at Lambeau Field.
He even admitted that the first step was when Favre and Aaron Rodgers appeared together on stage during the NFL awards to present the comeback player of the year honor.
“I thought that was great,” Murphy was quoted as saying today. “It was kind of a good first step, and our intent all along is we want to bring him back into the family and retire his number. He deserves it.”
The majority of fans are looking forward to that day as well. Ok, full disclosure here – I love Brett Favre, but never liked what he did his last three years in the league. I’ve tended to try to wipe those years from my memory.
Many Packers fans aren’t able to do that and there are still plenty of haters out there.
Clearly, Murphy hadn’t heard that Greg Jennings bragged today about being helped to a decision to join the Minnesota Vikings through personal phone calls from Favre himself. To me, that’s rubbing it in a bit – twisting the knife.
Still, we have to get beyond that silly move by Favre. It is what it is.
Like Murphy, we need to honor Favre for what he did for the franchise while he was a Packer, not for what he’s done since.
“It’s got to be sitting down, the organization, whether it’s myself or others, sitting down with him and working on the timing of it,” Murphy said.
Let’s hope it’s soon.