Favre doesn't steal Hall of Fame show

Even with Brett Favre speaking at a pre-induction ceremony news conference at Lambeau Field on Saturday, the focus remains on inductees Gilbert Brown, Frank Winters and Al Treml.

Brett Favre spoke.

Not about his standoff with the Green Bay Packers, though.

In Green Bay on Saturday for the Packers Hall of Fame induction ceremony as the presenter for former center Frank Winters, Favre met with reporters in the team's media auditorium and spoke only about Winters during his less than 3 minutes at the podium.

Reporters were not allowed to ask questions of any of the presenters, and Favre through a team spokesman said he would not be fielding questions about the imbroglio that has maintained a grip on the sporting nation for the last coupe of weeks.

"It's a special place," Favre, wearing a sport coat but no tie, said of Green Bay. When he was done, he gave Winters a firm slap on the butt and exited out a side door.

The most pointed comments came from inductee Gilbert Brown, who twice was asked if he was worried Favre's presence would take some of the attention away from himself and fellow inductees Winters and videographer Al Treml.

"All I know is Gilbert Brown, Frank Winters and Al Treml. That's all I care about. These are the guys that are going in," said the massive defensive tackle known as "The Gravedigger."

Asked again about Favre a few minutes later, Brown said: "I don't have time to think about him. All I have time to think about is what I'm going to do. Me, not anybody else. What I'm doing. Everybody can't sit around thinking about everybody else. I'm a grown man, too. He puts his pads on just like me. Ain't got time to worry about him."

Winters was asked about Favre, too, but said he didn't know much about the controversy because he doesn't watch much television. He then steered the conversation back to that night's ceremony.

"Basically, when I talk to Brett now, it's basically about what's going on with the kids," Winters said. "We really don't talk much football. I don't think it's awkward for me. I'm sure there's a lot of people out there who want to ask him a lot of questions, but it's a special night for a couple of guys, and we're going to keep it at that."

Winters said he didn't fear Favre backing out of his commitment to present him.

"He told me he was going to be here, and I believed him," Winters said. "I told him if he didn't want to come, it would be all right. I didn't want him to be harassed."

Bill Huber writes for Packer Report. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com


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