Brett Favre returned to Green Bay to a hero’s welcome from the fans on Saturday night.
Favre tried to deflect the credit but he received the highest of praise from the man who traded for him, Ron Wolf, and the man who coached him, Mike Holmgren.
“It is an extreme honor for a guy from New Freedom, Pa., to be standing in and a part of football’s most storied cathedral, Lambeau Field, to acknowledge, in my opinion — and I realize I’m biased — the best player ever to play for the Green Bay Packers, Brett Favre,” Wolf said. “I say that because, when I came here, I had some people that I was very fortunate to work with who covered the Packers in the ‘30s, the ‘40s, the ‘50s, through the Lombardi era, and they told me the same thing. You know something? I cast my lot with the Green Bay Packers with these two gentlemen to my right (Holmgren and Favre). And I’m indebted to them, to the Packers’ fans, and to the rebirth of without question the greatest franchise in professional sports.”
Favre said he was embarrassed by the praise and the festivities.
“I understand that this night is about me, but I would choose to say it's about us,” he said. “Because it really is. I've always thought that being a quarterback, you get way too much credit, you probably get a little more of the blame. We shouldn't be labeled with wins and losses — a pitcher maybe — but not a quarterback. But yet we do. I can assure you that my success is strictly based upon these guys behind me, the other teammates I played with, the fans. I just had to work hard and do all I could do and rely on these guys. And that's why I'm here today. It has nothing to do with me. But I'm extremely honored and that's probably an understatement.”
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