Biggs: Ex-Packers not thrilled with Favre

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Brett Favre’s ex-teammates didn’t get a blast out of the past when he declared earlier this season that “physically, and from a talent level, this is the best team I've ever been on.’’

They’re calling that illegal procedure in Green Bay, where Favre once hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in following the 1996 season. That’s what Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports as Favre’s Vikings (6-1) prepare for a showdown at Lambeau Field on Sunday with the Packers. It will be Favre’s first return to Lambeau Field since the Packers lost the NFC Championship Game in 2007.

“To say that the team he's on now, after seven games, is better than the '96 team, that's just preposterous,’’ safety LeRoy Butler said. “Not only did we have the No. 1 defense in 1996, but we had No. 1 special teams.

“I bleed green and gold so much. I don't want somebody to beat my team. This is my team. I played 181 games, I was there before Brett, before Reggie White and Ron Wolf and everybody. This team means a lot to me, so when somebody calls up on the radio show: `Brett Favre is the one that turned everything around,’ it's almost a disrespectful slap in the face.’’

ESPN drew huge ratings for Round I of Favrepalooza, and Fox is expecting big numbers on Sunday. Frankly, his return to Green Bay after the Vikings won the first meeting by ransacking Green Bay’s offensive line is even more compelling.

“Seeing Brett in purple, when I first saw it I kind of threw up in my mouth,’’ ex-Packers defensive tackle Santana Dotson said. “Once he finally retires and he flips up that helmet for good, we all know the records and that Brett Favre will be known as one of the greatest Packers ever to play the game.

“But I do understand the fans and how their anger has heightened with him in a purple jersey. The fans should feel free to boo, yell and go crazy on Sunday. When that jersey comes off and he decides to retire, we'll bring him back home.”

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