The more he talks about it, the more likely it seems that Mark Murphy wants Brett Favre back into the Green Bay Packers family – it’s a topic that just doesn’t want to go away and won’t go away until it’s done.
In February, just a day after reports that Favre had communicated with former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings while Jennings was in Minnesota negotiating a free agency deal to lure him away from the Packers, Murphy came out publicly with the Favre love message – saying the Packers would welcome him back into the fold with open arms.
Murphy continued that message Tuesday during the Packers opening stop along the Tailgate Tour that is winding its way through southern Wisconsin and into Iowa this week.
According to published reports, here’s what Murphy had to say Tuesday while reiterating what he already said back in February:
“We want to have [Favre] back in the family.”
That’s not huge news to any Packers fan who has been following the situation, but it’s a statement that has raised the ire of many who can’t get over the divorce between Favre and the Packers that occurred five years ago. Though there are many who felt the Packers cut ties with Favre well before his tank was empty, more still became Favre-haters when he retired once, got traded to the New York Jets, retired again, and then decided to go play for the hated Minnesota Vikings. The fuel for more distaste of the “Ol’ Gunslinger” was thrown onto the fire even more heavily during the 2009 season when the Vikings defeated the Packers and Favre’s replacement, Aaron Rodgers, twice and Favre nearly led the Vikings to the Super Bowl. Only a Favre interception on the final Vikings play of the NFC Championship Game that season prevented that from occurring.
There was sweet justice the following season, however, when Rodgers and the Packers turned the tables, defeated Favre and the Vikings twice, and then went on to win Super Bowl XLV.
So, time does tend to heal. This past February, Favre and Rodgers appeared together on stage at the NFL Awards ceremony and there were many who saw that as the start of a healing process.
Now the talk of a day to honor Favre at Lambeau Field heats up – with some saying it could happen as early as this season or in 2014. Favre is scheduled to be eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the next couple of years and will most likely be inducted formally into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame at some point in the near future as well.
So, let the talk continue, but let’s hope it doesn’t go on for too long. In my mind, it is time. The Packers and Favre have to hug, kiss and make up.