Favre wouldn't be first legend to leave

From Lambeau to Hornung, Packers greats have moved on to new teams.

The ongoing Brett Favre saga continues. Will Favre report to Packer training camp or will he be traded? If Favre does leave Green Bay, it won't be the first time a legend left Titletown for other NFL pastures.

Team founder and coach Curly Lambeau left the Packers after a dispute with the executive committee in 1950 to coach the Chicago Cardinals. Vince Lombardi left the Packers after the 1968 season, after a season as Green Bay's general manager, to coach the Washington Redskins. Together, those men brought 11 world championships to Green Bay, with Lambeau winning six titles, and Lombardi five in seven years, including the first two Super Bowls.

Other legends have moved on, as well. Reggie White played six seasons with the Packers, helping them win Super Bowl XXXI with a game-record three sacks of the Patriots' Drew Bledsoe. White finished his career in Green Bay by winning the NFL's defensive player of the year in 1998. After a year of retirement, White finished his career in 2000 with the Carolina Panthers.

Then there are Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung. That tandem was the force of the Packers' vaunted ground game in the Lombardi era from 1959 to 1966. Taylor and Hornung won MVP awards and helped the team win four world championships. However, in 1967 Taylor left as a free agent for the New Orleans Saints, and Hornung was claimed by the Saints in the 1967 expansion draft, but never played because of a neck injury.

Other great performers have left the team in the latter portions of their careers, including Forrest Gregg, Jim Ringo, Herb Adderly, James Lofton and Ahman Green.

So while it may be difficult for some Packers fans to consider Favre heading to another NFL team, players leaving the team where they became legends isn't rare.

The sands of time are taking us to a resolution of the Favre drama, and the entire NFL is anxiously waiting for the outcome. The outcome may be another legend leaving Green Bay.

Bob Fox is a frequent contributor to PackerReport.com. E-mail him at greenbaybob@hotmail.com

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