By: Matt Bove
It has been a full two years since Brett Favre retired from the NFL for good and it now seems like significant progress is being made between Favre and the Packers to get him back in the fold.
In an interview with Joe Buscaglia of 550 WGR Radio in Bufflao, Favre took blame for for the way things ended between him and the Packers in 2008.
"It's over and done with. I was at fault. I feel both sides had a part in it," Favre said."If you could go back, would I or them have done things differently? I'm sure both sides would. But you can't."
This was surprising to hear for many people because Favre is not one to admit his own faults very much. This is exactly the kind of retribution Packers fans have been waiting from him.
Favre also inidcated that he had a good relationship with current quarterback Aaron Rodgers and that he has had conversations with Packers president Mark Murphy. Rodgers and Favre presented an award together at the NFL Honors in New Orleans and have had nothing but good things to say about each other since.
A return to Green Bay seems inevitable with Favre now having conversations with Murphy. It might not happen this season, but it will happen eventually. Both sides seem just about ready for a reconciliation and the fans should be too.
I'm not here to tell people how they should feel, but it's time to forgive and forget. If Rodgers and Murphy- two of the people who were most hurt by Favre's actions- are ready to move on then, the fans should be ready as well.
Favre is one of the most important figures in Packers history and he deserves to be honored with his number retired at Lambeau Field and to go in the Ring of Honor. It is important for him to be a Packer for the rest of his life now and people really need to get over what happened. It is best for all parties involved to let Favre be a Packer again.
Maybe I'm biased because Favre was the reason that this kid who grew up in New Jersey became a Packers fan, but enough time has gone by for the wounds to be healed. The Packers have the best quarterback in the NFL and have won a Super Bowl since Favre left.
Favre gave it his all for 16 years in Green Bay. He delivered the highest of highs and lowest of lows. He played through just about any injury you could imagine and was one of the toughest athletes you will ever see. He broke numerous NFL records with the Packers. He brought the Lombardi trophy back home and made the Packers a relevant franchise again. He will be going into the Hall of Fame as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. There is no doubting what he did for the time he was here.
Unfortunately, there will always be fans out there who will never want Favre back no matter what he says or does, and that is really sad. Life is too short to hold grudges and you will be a much happier person letting go of them. Favre brought the franchise back from the dead in the 1990s and who knows what would have happened if he never came along.
Favre made his share of mistakes, but people make mistakes all the time. It is human nature to want to prove the people wrong who didn't think that you were good enough anymore. Time to reflect has been good for Favre. He now realizes the errors of his ways and is willing to admit them. Fans should also be able open their hearts back up to Favre.
Brett Favre was the face of the Green Bay Packers during his 16 year career with them. He deserves to be a Packer for the rest of his life. It's time to embrace him again and for this story to end happily ever after.