Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is looking to return to Lambeau Field, the place where most of his career was spent. While a USA Today timeline of events shows that things didn’t go so well in the late 2000s, Favre said that “things are much better” now in his relationship with the Packers.
In a recent interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio, via a separate report from USA Today, the former Packers quarterback also mentioned that he hasn’t been back to Green Bay since he last played against them in 2010, when he was with the Minnesota Vikings.
“Time heals a lot of things, and I think in this case, you’re playing for the rival team, things are going to change,” he said. “There’s no better history than there is in Green Bay [with] the tradition, and people love their team there, and they usually hate the other team. So when you join their opponent, that’s going to happen. Again, time heals a lot of things.”
The 44-year-old Favre confirmed a claim made by Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy that the team tried to get him to appear at a game last December. Unfortunately, the three-time MVP couldn’t make it, since the high school football team he helped coach advanced to the playoffs in Mississippi.
But Favre feels confident about returning to Green Bay despite the problems he and the Packers had in the past.
“It’s going to happen; I’ll be back up there,” he said. “Again, my career in Green Bay, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It was awesome.”
The former Packers quarterback reiterated that his relationship with the team will be OK, and he believes things are fine right now.
“It’s just a matter of getting back up there,” he added.
While Favre will not be participating in the game, he joked that he could still suit up “if they would promise not to hit me.”
Favre mentioned that he doesn’t really talk much to the current Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, but he doesn’t have anything against him despite the big controversy of 2008, when Favre decide to come out of retirement a month before the new season began.
“I’m no idiot. I know that there’s always someone who’s going to replace you,” he said. “The fact he was drafted in the first round, it was time for him to give it a shot. When I did retire, he became that guy. I understand that.”
Favre added that he is “not surprised” with how well Rodgers has played, since he became the starter for the Green Bay Packers. As for when the former quarterback will return to the playing field, that’s something he, Murphy, and general manager Ted Thompson are “trying to figure out.”
“It’s just about when the time is right because we have had communication,” he said.
Favre understands that his return to Green Bay is “not about me,” and he wants the team to play well this upcoming season.
“When the time is right, they’re going to have things to do,” he said. “They have a season to play. They have to get ready, and I don’t want to be a distraction for them.”
Murphy, meanwhile, said that the Green Bay Packers would like to retire Favre’s jersey number before his possible 2016 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, according to a report from Packers News.
“There’s been pretty open dialogue,” he said. I do anticipate that we will see that sooner rather than later.”
In a related report from The Inquisitr, the Green Bay Packers will kick off the 2014 against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. The last time the two teams played was in 2012, when the Seahawks beat the Packers after a controversial touchdown call that was nicknamed the “Fail Mary.”