Brett Favre in 2007. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Brett Favre: Coming home


The Gunslinger, Iron Man, Mississippi and most importantly, Brett Favre, did an interview with the NFL on Sirius XM radio Thursday.

One thing is for sure, the pieces are forming to the puzzle that brings Favre home. Favre was contacted and was going to be brought to a Green Bay Packers home game last December but his high school team was in a deep playoff run and the engagement could not be sealed.

Some Packers’ fans have a bad taste in their mouth after Favre pulled on the retirement strings for years. This was only to be followed up by finishing his career with the Jets and yes, the Vikings. Possibly the worst vision was that of Favre having the Vikings on the very edge of a Super Bowl. Down to the very last drive that ended very, very similar to his last drive in Green Bay.

As a fan, you must ask yourself – can we still not accept the man that brought the Lombardi Trophy back home? Is the NFL MVP in 1995, 1996, and 1997 to go along with the most touchdowns, yards, completions, starts and wins by any NFL quarterback to ever step on the field not enough to erase a few years of a man who was on a teeter-totter about his future?

Three-hundred-twenty-one – that is how many games Favre laced up his cleats (including postseason) without missing a single start. His 508 touchdowns and more than 71,000 yards through the air are statistics that are truly unbelievable.

Favre hasn’t been to Lambeau Field since October 24, 2010, when he lost as a visitor. Favre described coming to Lambeau as a visitor by enforcing how special of a place it truly is and the goose bumps it gave him.

Things are much better. Again, time heals a lot of things. -Brett Favre

“Things are much better. Again, time heals a lot of things.” Words spoken by the hero that wore the green and gold for years.

Thompson and Mark Murphy have also been in touch with Favre. One would think a reunion is without a doubt on the horizon but the timing is critical. Favre has stated he does not want to be a distraction to the team in any manner. This could be critical as the media has an addiction to Brett Favre unlike any other player I can recall.

As a Packers fan if seeing Favre and Rodgers on stage two Februarys ago presenting the Comeback Player of the Year didn’t bring a big smile to your face you should probably check your pulse. Favre also stated that he never had ill feelings toward Aaron Rodgers and he wasn’t surprised by his success.

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Brett Favre with Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field when Favre was the quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings.

At 44, Favre said he could still step under center on Sunday if the other guys promised not to hit him.

In Favre-like fashion he may have left a comment that chaps the fans in special places. When asked about what he was most proud of, the two seasons Favre referenced was his last season in Green Bay, which ended in the NFC Championship game and his first season in Minnesota which also ended on the same stage.

One thing is for sure, Brett Favre is Packers football to the bone. It is never easy to see the anchor of a franchise put on the rival’s colors but it has become a way of life. If you follow baseball at all the Yankees and Red Sox have become all but a beltway to between one another. The NFC North is not much different when it comes to taking what was the property of Green Bay.

It is time to let go. It is time to welcome back Favre, who was the face of our franchise for nearly 20 years. A man who brought the trophy back to its rightful home.

Brett Favre is a Packer for life. Not only should he have a bust in Canton but his number should show proudly around the stadium and be enshrined in the Packers Hall of Fame.

Personally, he is my childhood hero that inspired the love of the game I still carry today. We will never get to witness another Brett Favre. His records may get shattered and his legacy may be tarnished for a short season, but the game will never see another of his likes.

Bring Favre home.

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  • John O.

    Amen. As a native of Wisconsin and a lifelong Packer fan living in the land of purple, its time to face the obvious. I suspect if the Packers front office would have had the courage and been able to look past the fear of the backlash at the time, I’m not so certain that the Packers could have picked up some draft choices/players in exchange for Favre. Let’s face it, the Vikes don’t exactly elicit fear and loathing in their historical trades (see, Walker, Herschel for the most egregious example). As you correctly point out, the business of football and free agency has changed the face of the sport forever.

  • Rodney Lawler

    it’s time to come home Brett.Any fan who holds a grudge must not have been around when you made the Packers relevant again after 30 years of being Green Bay where careers go to die.

  • Jimmy Ryan

    As a lifelong Packers fan, one born in Wisconsin but moved to Minnesota during the Purple People Eating years it wasn’t easy. Not once did my love for the Packers fade. Then there was the 70′s and 80′s which were dark, dark, times for he Packers. From the moment Favre stepped on the field to his last pass against the Giants, Favre made football matter again in Green Bay, at least if you enjoy winning. Favre is a Packer, always will be a Packer, and IMO anyone who doesn’t think of him as a Packer doesn’t remember the 80′s in Green Bay.