Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were competitors and teammates for several seasons. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Murphy continues 'Favre in the family' talk

Brett Favre will no doubt pay a visit to Green Bay at some point to be honored. Just exactly when that will be is uncertain at this point.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

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.

Packers President Mark Murphy came out again Tuesday saying the Packers want Brett Favre back in the “family.”
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

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.

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  • nicholas starling

    Seriously, what does Favre have to do to get kicked out of the Packer family. Hasn’t he done enough already? Clearly he is an enemy of the Packers organization. I understand all this family talk about Favre. They don’t want Favre out there doing his best to hurt the Packers. If he’s back in the family fold, he’ll be less likely to do some of the traitorous things he’s done in the past. As far as I’m concerned he’s crossed the line and should be banned for life.

  • Doug

    Shows the class of the Packers organization. Also, the realization of what Favre has done for us and the league. People are bitter and need to get over it. He didn’t want to stop playing the game he loved. He also played his HEART out every game and every snap. I’ve been a Packers fan my whole life. He will never be a traitor to me. Grow up people. LETS GO PACK!

  • [email protected]

    He has done a lot for the Packers, years ago. And he’s also done a lot to help damage the Packers as much as he could. He will go into the NFL HOF. But he should never be allowed into the Packer HOF! The Packer HOF is about more than stats. It’s also about class and how you carry yourself. Favre always does what’s best for Favre, not the team. Do I have to remind people how he always had this “will I retire, or won’t I”. And he did that for at least 3 years before he kinda did. Then he changed his mind, and was offended that the Packers wouldn’t change all they did that offseason, just for him! Calling the Lions to tell them ways to beat the Packers, telling Urlacher to beat the Packers! He was a great player, who turned into a diva! And when he didn’t get his way, he did what all teenagers do, he tried t hurt them anyway he could. The Packer Hall of Fame? NO!

  • TapDogsDad

    Favre’s “spoiled brat” antics demonstrate that he deserves neither entry into the Packer HOF or the retirement of his jersey. He stabbed the Pack in the back on several occasions, and for that I say “to hell with him!”

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