After the euphoria of Brett Favre’s rousing return to Lambeau Field and induction into the Packers Hall of Fame on Saturday, nagging questions about the feel-good reunion persist.
Why did Favre wear a light-purple shirt? It’s hard to imagine that was an innocent mistake or someone around him didn’t bother to remind him that the Vikings wear purple.
Why was Favre absent from the Packers Hall of Fame Golf Classic?
Why was Favre so noncommittal about making a regular return to Green Bay part of his travel itinerary?
Why didn’t the Packers allow him to play his flag football game at Lambeau Field rather than Camp Randall Stadium in Madison?
If those are signs the relationship between Favre and the franchise remain fractured, Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy didn’t see it. Then again, he pointed out that he’s color blind and didn’t notice Favre’s choice of shirt color.
“I think things are very positive,” Murphy said on Monday. “I think this weekend was very helpful. Obviously, he’ll be here on Thanksgiving (to be honored against Chicago and) he’s going to be inducted into Canton (for) the Pro Football Hall of Fame next July and we’ll have him for a game next season (to commemorate that enshrinement). I think things are very positive.”
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For what it’s worth, the Packers Hall of Fame golf event was played on Monday and the ESPYs were on Wednesday. And, the team’s reasoning on the flag game was the condition of the turf following the Kenny Chesney/Jason Aldean concert on June 20 and the quick turnaround between Saturday’s ceremony and Sunday’s game.
When Favre retired following the 2007 season, Murphy and the Packers offered Favre a $20 million marketing and personal services contract. There will be no such agreement now, though the team and Favre recently inked a licensing deal that allows the team to sell Favre-related merchandise in the Pro Shop.
If the fences hadn’t been mended upon Favre’s arrival in Green Bay for the Packers Hall of Fame festivities, perhaps the overwhelming response from the fans will help soothe whatever soars remain. Standing ovations from the 67,000 fans in attendance forced Favre to pause to get his emotions in check. He seemed genuinely touched by the response.
“I think this weekend went a long way toward making sure that (Favre feels welcome),” Murphy said. “We want him to be like all of our other alumni. Bart Starr can’t wait to come back. I think he was really moved mostly by the reception.”
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