They may not have parted on the best terms, and large portions of the state of Wisconsin still hold a grudge. However, the CEO of the Green Bay Packers is ready to make peace with former star quarterback Brett Favre.
Talking to FOX Sports during a tailgate party tour, CEO Mark Murphy says, “We want to have [Favre] back in the family.” It’s the second olive branch between Favre and the team he led for 15 seasons. Earlier in the year he joined current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to present an award at the NFL Honors show.
“We’re hopeful to have [Favre] back in the fold and get him back involved in the organization soon,” Murphy says. Favre and the team were at odds when he announced his retirement in March 2008. The Packers drafted Rodgers as a replacement, and when Favre decided he didn’t want to be retired they wouldn’t give him back his spot.
The Packers eventually traded Favre to the NY Jets. After one year with the team, he then signed to play for the Packers division rival, the Minnesota Vikings. Many Packers fans took the move as a betrayal of their former hero.
The Packers organization hopes to eventually retire Favre’s jersey, but Murphy notes, “It’s got to be the right time for him and us.” He’s confident they can work out their differences though, saying, “That will happen.”
For his part, Favre seems to want to bury the hatchet as well. On April 26 he tweeted to Packers fans, asking them to help him “give a BIG shout out to my man @AaronRodgers12!”