Van Susteren offers her perspective on Favre

Packer Report's Bill Huber spoke on the phone today with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, who offered a sneak peek of tonight's interview with the quarterback.

Fox News' Greta Van Susteren was working on a special about her late colleague Tony Snow when an e-mail arrived. It was from Deanna Favre.

"Call me," it said.

Van Susteren did, and Deanna Favre asked the host of "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren if she was interested in getting Brett Favre's side of the imbroglio that has dominated the sporting world.

The interview was taped Monday and aired Monday night, with Favre sharing top billing with some guy named John McCain.

While Van Susteren has interviewed some of politics' heavy hitters over the years, her interviews with Favre — this was her third — rank at the top of her list. She also interview him at Lambeau Field during the fall of 2006.

"I'm a Cheesehead, what can I say? Of course it's at the top," the Appleton native said. "There's a child in all of us."

Beyond her state ties, Van Susteren brings an interesting perspective to the controversy as a Packers shareholder.

"I think the Packers should release him," she said. "I don't think they should be coy and try to trade him. The franchise is owned by the fans, not some fat cat who thinks strictly business. We tend to do things differently. (Favre has) been loyal to us fans. I'd like to see the Packers be big in this.

"There's something to be said about loyalty. He's been loyal to the Packers. It should cut both ways. That's my take as a shareholder."

Asked if she feared Favre coming back to Green Bay to beat the Packers as, say, a member of the rival Minnesota Vikings, Van Susteren quickly said: "If the Packers are so confident in the future, they shouldn't fear that."

As for Favre — the interview airs at 9 p.m. and repeats at midnight (both times are Central) — Van Susteren said Favre wishes he hadn't retired, but felt "pushed" to retire because the team pressed for an answer on his playing future before the start of free agency and the draft.

"He understands the Packers' position. He doesn't want to sit on the bench (in Green Bay) and he doesn't want them to trade him … to a team not headed to the Super Bowl. He wants to make his own decision."

Still, Van Susteren said Favre held no animosity toward the franchise he quarterbacked for the past 16 seasons, but seemingly no longer desires his services.

"He's not arrogant. He's not like that," she said. "He's a humble guy. He's disappointed with the situation. He's disappointed in himself and in management, but he's ready to move on."

"He loves the Packers fans," she added, "but he doesn't want to sit on the bench."


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