Rodgers has been key part of Packers-Favre reconciliation; so could Starr
Green Bay Packers quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck (left) and Brett Favre confer during the third quarter of their game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, September 10, 2000 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo by Tom Lynn) Photo: Image by Tom Lynn
GREEN BAY - We've already seen current Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers play a role in helping begin the healing between his future Hall of Fame predecessor, Brett Favre, and the team they both played for.
Could the final piece of the Favre-Green Bay Packers reunion come from the winningest championship quarterback in NFL history and the greatest ambassador for all things Packers, Bart Starr?
Packers.com writer Vic Ketchman wrote Monday in a question-and-answer session about a possible Starr-Favre-Rodgers moment at Lambeau Field:
"One of my hopes is that at some point during my time covering the Packers, I’ll see the three quarterbacks you’ve mentioned standing together on the 50-yard line at Lambeau Field. What a great picture that would make."
Much agreed. However, what could be more amazing is Starr playing a dramatic role in making that happen.
Starr has always exhibited the kind of character that makes people stand up and respect him. Perhaps no NFL player will ever bring as much goodwill among their team's fan base as Starr does with the Packers.
Perhaps winning five NFL titles and being the greatest link to the most title-rich dynasty in NFL history will do that.
But so does the way Starr has led his football and post-football life, made a difference for others through countless charity efforts like the Lombardi Classic and Rawhide Boys Ranch, and basically treated any Packers fan coming up to them like they're the most important person in his world at that moment.
It's probably not like Starr to play a public role in bringing about the greatest public reconciliation in NFL history. He'd be the type who would non-chalantly fly up to Lambeau Field with Brett in a plane from parts south of here, and gently play the kind arbiter between Favre and Packers brass.
If he would decide to play the role, I would see Starr keeping it out of the limelight, out of the public eye, in the most private setting possible, making sure he gets none of the glory for it.
But considering how well he gets across his faith and values system - one deeply based on forgiveness - it would not be out of the question for us to see Starr finish what Aaron Rodgers began at the NFL Honors in February.
Then, a picture of arguably the greatest quarterback lineage in NFL history - seven championships, five MVP's and much of the NFL passing record book - wouldn't just be a fantastic image in itself.
It would be symbolic of meaningful healing, possibly a more important message to send than any Super Bowl could.