Notebook: Favre says ‘I retired too early'

Also: Johnny Jolly is arrested in Houston; a huge poll of Green Bay residents shows fans want Favre back, though not necessarily as the starter; fans rally for Favre outside of Lambeau; Sharper talks about the Favre rumors.

Brett Favre was interviewed by Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren on Monday afternoon, with the chat airing on her "On the Record" program tonight.

"I just interviewed Brett Favre in Mississippi," the Appleton native and Packers shareholder wrote on her blog. "He is, as you know, entangled in a dispute with the Green Bay Packer general manager. Brett understands the GM decision ... and he accepts it. (And yes he loves the Packer fans.) But now — since the Packer GM made plain he does not want him —  he wants to be released by the Packers so that he can see if any other team wants him."

In the interview, he admits to "retiring too early."

"Them moving on does not bother me. It doesn't," Favre was quoted as saying in a release sent out by Fox News. "I totally understand that. By me retiring March 3rd, I knew that could possibly happen. ... And so if you move on, you tell me one thing, don't come back and tell the public ... just say it. ‘You know, we've moved on and we'll work with Brett on whatever it is.' Don't make up a lot of stuff or give half of the truth."

According to Van Susteren, Favre "never fully committed" to retiring, and blamed it partially on the Packers pressuring him for a decision.

"On the Record" airs at 9 p.m. Central.

Jolly arrested

The Green Bay Packers had no comment after the Houston Chronicle reported defensive tackle Johnny Jolly was arrested on felony drug possession charges.

Johnny Ray Jolly Jr., 25, was arrested Tuesday in Houston for possession of at least 200 grams of codeine, an opiate found in pain medications and cough syrup, according to the Harris County (Texas) District Attorney's Office. Jolly, a former Houston-area prep star and Texas A&M player, is free on $10,000 bail.

"The Packers are aware of the report involving Johnny Jolly. This is a legal matter and we still are in the process of gathering information. We have no further comment at this time," the team said in a statement sent to the Chronicle on Saturday night.

It's not clear if the NFL would look into the incident as a violation of the personal-conduct policy and possibly suspend Jolly, who is a key figure along the Packers' defensive line. His play last season before a season-ending shoulder injury was a major reason why the Packers deemed standout Corey Williams expendable and shipped him to Cleveland before the draft.

Jolly's court date is July 22, six days before the start of training camp.

Fans polled on Favre

An overwhelming majority of Green Bay residents want Brett Favre to stay with the Packers — but not necessarily as the starting quarterback — according to an extensive survey commissioned by Serafin & Associates Inc., a Chicago-based communications firm.

Seventy-four percent of those responding Sunday to a telephone survey of Green Bay residents said the Packers should retain Favre, but only 33 percent of those said Favre should be the starting quarterback. Another 19 percent said they want him to return to the club as backup quarterback and 15 percent prefer him to be a player-coach.

Only 17 percent of those responding said the Packers should trade the three-time NFL MVP.

"I agree with (general manager) Ted Thompson that this is a gut-wrenching situation for the organization and the fans," said Thom Serafin, the founder and head of Serafin & Associates. "The poll results clearly indicate that. Nearly 75 percent want Brett to remain with the Packers; but they are split on whether or not he should start.

"These results are much more meaningful than a poll, which takes a sample of opinion. Every telephone number listed in the Green Bay white pages was called, and more than 21,000 people picked up the phone."

Full results are available online at .

Favre rally

More than 100 people rallied outside Lambeau Field on Sunday to support Brett Favre in his battle with the Packers' management.

The rally was spearheaded by brothers Adam and Erick Rolfson, who are the creators of and are calling for an emergency meeting of stockholders to "help control the fate of our quarterback."

"Last time we checked, Green Bay is a publicly owned franchise and is owned by the people in the community and by the stockholders, not Ted Thompson," Erick Rolfson told The Associated Press.

A similar rally will be held Monday in suburban Milwaukee.

The throng chanted "We want Brett," and carried signs with slogans such as, "Favre for President" and "Favre Forever."

"We've always appreciated the passion of our fans," the Packers said in a statement.

Because it was a Sunday during the offseason, it's unclear whether any members of Packers management were even at the stadium.

Sharper proved prophetic

When Favre announced his retirement in March, former teammate Darren Sharper was among those who didn't believe it would last.

"I'm not completely sold that he is going to retire," Sharper told Minneapolis radio station KFAN at the time. "Come midsummer, when everyone starts talking football and he's done about fourth months worth of fishing and playing golf, it wouldn't be a surprise to hear speculation that Brett Favre might be coming out of retirement."

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis caught up with Sharper on Sunday.

— On his prediction: "As long as you are playing at a high level, it's hard to give it up."

— On the "Catch-22 situaton" involving the team and quarterback: "You have to look at it from each side's perspective. Brett has the feeling the Packers want to move on without him. The Packers know how valuable Brett is, and they don't want to let a guy like that go."

— On Favre being a fit in Minnesota: "Tarvaris (Jackson) is our guy. He's the one who is going to lead us wherever we are going to go."

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