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It is going to happen eventually and we all know it. Favre can only turn his back to the Packers for so long, they’re the team he started his legacy in and it should be the team he ends it with.
It’s been nearly five long years since the Packers traded the disgruntled Favre to the New York Jets. Now the franchise is getting ready to reach back out to the now-retired quarterback.
“We want to have (Favre) back in the family,” Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy told FOXSportsWisconsin.com during the team’s eighth-annual Tailgate Tour.
The first sign of of the rekindling between Favre and the team he led for 15 seasons came in February, when the 43-year-old and his successor in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers, presented together during the NFL Honors show.
“I thought he and Aaron jointly presenting the Comeback Player of the Year Award was a great first step,” Murphy said. “We’re hopeful to have (Favre) back in the fold and get him back involved in the organization soon.”
The relationship between Favre and the Packers, as well as between Favre and Rodgers, had been icy until the two former MVPs surprisingly shook hands and laughed together on the stage in February.
“I thought it was good timing to just let the fans know, to let Brett know, let’s move forward,” Rodgers said on his Wisconsin radio show in February. “Let’s heal things up and move forward.”
Murphy, who is hosting the Tailgate Tour for the sixth time, would like Favre to join him someday on the bus that travels throughout Wisconsin making stops at various locations.
“I’d love to see that,” Murphy said. “I think he’d love it and it’d be great for the community.”
The Packers Tailgate Tour features three current players and three retired players. This year, the retired players who made the trip are all former teammates of Favre’s: Frank Winters, Aaron Taylor and Santana Dotson.
It’s time to return home Favre, I forgive you and I’m certain other Packer fans do too. Lets put the past in the past and embrace a future with you as a never forgetable member of the Packer Family.