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Packers hope to have Brett Favre 'back in the fold' soon, CEO says

May 15, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Quarterback Brett Favre, shown with the Packers in 2008, led Green Bay to 160 victories in 16 seasons.
Quarterback Brett Favre, shown with the Packers in 2008, led Green Bay to… (Morry Gash / Associated…)

Brett Favre spent 16 years with the Green Bay Packers, leading the team to one Lombardi trophy, two Super Bowl appearances, four NFC championship games and 160 overall victories.

Sure, things came to a messy end when his indecision about retirement led the team to trade him to the New York Jets. And, sure, he ended up leading bitter division rival Minnesota to the NFC championship game a year later.

But in many people's eyes Favre will always be associated with the Packers. And team President and Chief Executive Mark Murphy says the Packers want to take that a step further.

"We want to have [Favre] back in the family," Murphy told FoxSportsWisconsin.com during the team's eighth-annual Tailgate Tour.

The first step toward a possible reconciliation between the Packers and the league's all-time leading passer was a surprise joint appearance with Favre and his successor as Green Bay quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, as presenters at the NFL Honors show back in February.

The two had been known to have a frosty relationship, but they shook hands and laughed together at the event.

"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 at the time. "Let's heal things up and move forward."

It's unclear what kind of role the ol' gunslinger would have with the Packers, although Murphy did mention that the Packers would definitely retire Favre's No. 4 jersey.

"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."

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