Favre discusses his faults in Packers breakup, predicts jersey retirement 'will happen'
Doug Russell and Jay Sorgi
Quarterback Brett Favre hangs his head as he walks off the field in the second quarter of the divisional playoff game against the Eagles on Jan. 11, 2004.Photo: Image by Getty Images
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers and former quarterback Brett Favre seem to be getting closer to the point where they'll agree to retire his number, according to an interview Favre held with WGR Radio in Buffalo.
He also discussed his part of the blame in the matter.
Favre came on during Joe Buscaglia and EJ Manuel's show on WGR and said, "I think (Packers President) Mark Murphy...he's been extremely great in trying to make this work. In our discussions, it will happen. I think both sides are genuine. I know they are."
Part of what he said on the show concerned the way the "breakup" happened between Favre and the Packers in 2008.
By the time Favre's ugly divorce from the Packers was complete, not only was he persona-non-grata from 1265 Lombardi Avenue, our once-most beloved adopted Southern son was the unthinkable - a pariah in the Badger State.
But after five years of bad blood, the first thaw of this seemingly never-ending cold war between the NFL's greatest team and arguably their greatest player finally came in February, when, to the shock and delight of so many all around the NFL, Brett Favre and his successor, Aaron Rodgers, appeared on stage together to present Peyton Manning with the Comeback Player of the Year Award.
"It's over and done with. I was at fault," Favre continued. "I feel like both sides had a part in it. If you could go back, would I or them have done things differently? I'm sure both sides would. But you can't."
As for Rodgers, who was caught in the middle of the whole mess five years ago, he has said several times in the last few months that what's passed has passed and it is time to retire Favre's No. 4 once and for all.
The feud between Favre and the Packers in essence stemming from Favre's desire to keep playing and the team's desire to turn the page with what turned out to be - like Favre - a Super Bowl winning quarterback and league MVP.
"When will that happen? I don't think either side is trying to push the issue," Favre said. "Mark
(Murphy) really came in the last few weeks of my career in Green Bay; he kind of came into a hornet's nest, if you will. He's been extremely great in trying to make this work."
And to be sure, for many Packers fans, that day will be met with great anticipation and joy, while others may never forgive nor forget Favre trying to stick it to them while wearing the purple and gold instead of the green and gold.
But Favre is at least hopeful that as the years have gone by, some of the anger in Wisconsin has subsided.
"The things that transpired that led to us breaking up, if you will, to me, are over and done with," Favre concluded.