Packers-Favre Reunion On Hold

Team President Mark Murphy said the team will reach out to the legendary quarterback at the 'appropriate time.'

ARLINGTON, Texas -- While the Green Bay Packers haven't extended an olive branch toward Brett Favre, team President Mark Murphy expressed optimism that the chasm between the legendary franchise and the legendary quarterback eventually will be mended.

"I know Mike had a chance to talk to him after we played them in the dome," Murphy said of coach Mike McCarthy during Tuesday's Media Day at the Cowboys Stadium. "Yeah, at the appropriate time, we'll reach out to him. I envision that he'll come back into the fold."

"We want to make sure it's the right time for him and for us."

The rift between began when Favre wanted to come out of retirement after the team had spent the offseason getting Aaron Rodgers ready to start and had spent two draft picks on quarterbacks. Eventually, the Packers shipped Favre to the Jets in August 2008. The ordeal created a gulf between the franchise and its fan base, though those scars have mostly healed with the Packers reaching the Super Bowl.

Murphy says the team is stronger because of what it endured.

"Few players had a bigger impact on an organization than Brett did," Murphy said. "It tested us. Obviously, I think a lot of people disagreed with the decision but I'm proud, looking back, (how) the organization handled it. Also, as I look back on it, one of the benefits was that early on in my tenure, it forced Ted (Thompson, the general manager) and myself and Mike to really come together on an issue. I think looking back on it now, it's been really positive in terms of the relationship and how we all work together."

With Green Bay reaching the playoffs in back-to-back seasons and their 24 wins over that span including a season sweep of Favre and the Vikings this season, the Packers' brain trust is riding high this week. Winning Sunday's game against Pittsburgh would forever ensure that the first line on their football epitaphs wouldn't read, "The men who ran Brett Favre out of town."

"It's funny, I think we all knew that we were at a moment in history that this doesn't happen often," Murphy said. "Nobody wants to be known as the one who traded Brett Favre away. But we all had confidence in Aaron (Rodgers), but you never know. In the NFL, until somebody actually plays – especially at the quarterback position. I couldn't be more pleased, not only with the way – obviously, he's a very good player – but just the way he's handled himself in a really trying situation, especially that first year. He's a really mature young man."

And then, with a laugh that was funny as much as a sigh of relief, he added: "I'm really glad that Aaron's a good player."


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