GREEN BAY, Wis. – Two more central figures in the Brett Favre story had their say on Wednesday.
And, just like everyone else who has spoken on the topic since Monday, when it was announced that Favre will go into the Packers Hall of Fame and have his number retired next July, both general manager Ted Thompson and quarterback Aaron Rodgers had nothing but good things to say about it.
Exactly six years ago to the day that he signed the trade papers that sent Favre to the New York Jets after 16 seasons in Green Bay, Thompson agreed that the time was right to welcome the former Green Bay Packers quarterback back to the family.
"I think it's great," Thompson said Wednesday. "There's a certain feeling, I think, that everybody associated with the Packers and just fans and shareholders and things like that that feel it’s the right thing. It feels comfortable that we now have a plan and we're going to do things a certain way. He'll be back. I think it's great to have him back."
The relationship between Thompson and Favre, believed by many to be contentious, might have been somewhat misunderstood. On Monday, Favre revealed that he and Thompson exchanged messages occasionally, "even back when I was playing elsewhere," Favre said.
When asked about those messages, Thompson said: "Well, I mean what he's done for this place is remarkable. I was here in '92 when Ron [Wolf] first acquired Brett, so we said we sort of grew up with the Packers. And he's a good guy, great football player and good teammate. Like I say, we're just, we're happy all that other stuff is kind of been put aside, and let's go forward with the relationship."
Rodgers, too, has played a role in getting the Packers and Favre back together. The two appeared on stage together at the NFL Honors program in 2013, and that seemed to help cool whatever tensions may have existed.
"I've kind of been on the forefront of getting this thing done, you know, in my own way," Rodgers said. "I wanted to make sure my voice was out there and behind Brett coming back. I think it's important to bring him back into the fold. It was a great thing to be able to announce that and retire his number and put his number in the Packer Hall of Fame, which is obvious, of course it's going to happen. He's one of the greatest Packers of all-time and one of the greatest NFL players of all-time. It's good to get him back here and hopefully get him here in the fall as well."