It might not happen this season but it sure sounds like it will happen.
Brett Favre debuted for the Green Bay Packers 20 years ago this week and the retired gunslinger said he envisions a day when he will return to Lambeau Field where he played for the majority of his Hall of Fame career.
Favre, in a podcast interview with ESPN’s Mike Tirico, said he isn’t thinking about when he will return to visit with the Packers. But he believes it will happen.
“I’m sure that day’s going to happen, but I haven’t thought a whole lot of about it,” Favre said. “The Packers have had great success since I left, not surprised by that. I know that day (will come). How that will unfold, I have no idea when that will happen. I don’t think their side is thinking about it. They’re trying to figure out how to get back to the Super Bowl, and really I’ve got my plate full. I think that’s good for both sides, not that we don’t need to shake hands and move on. I think in some ways that has happened, but you know, I do see the day, it’s going to happen. When? I have no idea.
“I don’t think it’s as big a deal as people make it out to be because I think both sides have moved on. I’ve got nothing but respect for that organization and the guys who play there. There’s a lot of new faces there. But as you bring back those memories, I think about those great days and great moments of my career and the thing that keeps ringing over and over is how quickly it goes by. You have to enjoy it.
“I made a lot of mistakes over my career, but I can honestly say, I enjoyed the moment. And that, I’m proud of.”
Time often is the ultimate healer and it sounds like Favre believes that is happening in this instance. Packers president Mark Murphy has stated on the record he wants to have Favre return one day when the time is right for both parties.
“You look at Lambeau Field and where that place has gone and how it’s evolved, I can’t help but feel a sense of being a part of that,” Favre said. “And so, even though it’s a shame the way things went down between I and the Packers, as time goes by, you just kind of, it’s kind of like a grudge, you just kind of get over it.”
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