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Brett Favre trying to repair his relationship with the Packers?

For 16 years, Brett Favre was the face of the Green Bay Packers before an unretirement led to him being shipped out in what all amounted to an ugly sports divorce. He went and chased massage therapists and sideline reporters (allegedly) during a lackluster year with the Jets. And then he did age-defying things his first year in Minnesota, followed by a year of doing age-obliging things.

But it was during those years away from Green Bay, especially the years with the conference-rival Vikings, that Favre fell out of Packers fans’ good graces. The lack of compliments for Aaron Rodgers and also the thinly veiled shots directed at his successor probably didn’t help Favre’s standing either.

However, now it seems Favre is working on mending fences. That starts by paying Rodgers those compliments Favre seemed so unwilling to give in the first place.

“Aaron Rodgers, I knew when I left, this guy has all the tools,” Favre said in an interview with NFL Network. “He can beat you with his feet. He’s got a great arm, extremely accurate, handles the cast around him perfect. I think that’s the key sometimes. I think that’s what (Tom) Brady has done. Regardless of who you put out there, he’s good. That to me is the mark of a good quarterback.”

Granted, it’s not much. But, if Favre’s intentions are truly to smooth over a damaged relationship with the Packers, comparing Rodgers to Tom Brady isn’t a bad place to start. Favre, whether Packers fans like it or not, is going to return to Lambeau when his number is retired by the team. It’s inevitable. He might not return to the level of popularity he had when he was leading the team to Super Bowls, but it’s hard imagining cheese heads staying mad at Favre forever and booing him at his own number retirement ceremony. One day Packers fans are going to look back at these anti-Favre years and laugh.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Brett Favre says Tony Romo is the quarterback most similar to him

When we think of Brett Favre, there are generally two schools of thought. On one hand, we remember the guy who was one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history and probably the toughest player to ever play the game. On the other, we think of the guy who didn’t know when to call it quits and who made a mockery of himself over the final few years of his career. But do we think of Tony Romo? Favre does.

When discussing some of the NFL’s active quarterbacks during an appearance on the NFL Network, Favre said he feels that Romo is more like him than any other quarterback in the league.

“Romo is probably more like me than any of those guys,” Favre said according to Pro Football Talk. “I think way too much is cast upon him, good or bad. It’s Dallas, and much is expected. He’s carried those guys. I watched him last year, and I like Tony. I like the way he plays. I think at times he’s underrated.”

Naturally, Favre had to toot his own horn a bit by comparing a guy who carries his team to himself. Favre and the NFL Network’s Deion Sanders then went on to agree that Romo has to tell his offensive players where to be and what to do before each snap, which is a valid point. There were several times throughout the season last year where the Cowboys receivers looked clueless as the were lining up — an issue that arises way too often in Dallas.

“How in the world are you going to have a positive play when the ball is coming and you’re telling guys?” Favre asked.

That all may be true, but Romo has made some epic mistakes and had some serious mental lapses on the field over the years as well. He hasn’t gotten a whole lot of help, but Tony hasn’t exactly helped himself in big situations either.

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Packers will reportedly wait a year or two before retiring Brett Favre’s number

At some point everyone will look back on Brett Favre’s career in Green Bay and be amazed at what he was able to accomplish. Some are already able to do that, but there are plenty of Packers fans out there who are still upset over the way Favre’s career in Green Bay came to a bitter end. From the moment the Packers decided Aaron Rodgers was their guy, it felt like everything Favre did was to spite his former team. That is why the team has decided to wait a while before retiring his jersey.

As Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel pointed out, Packers president Mark Murphy recently said that the team will wait a year or two before officially retiring No. 4. Considering the way some fans feel about him and the feelings Favre still has toward the organization, that’s probably best for everyone.

Fans love to be a part of feel-good moments, so whenever the Packers do decide to give Favre the honor I’m sure it will be a special day. Regardless of how it ended, Favre spent the majority of his Hall of Fame career in Green Bay and brought the Lombardi Trophy back to Lambeau. While Green Bay belongs to Rodgers now, Packers fans will look past all the retirement flip-flopping and remember the Favre that played through a number of gruesome injuries on his way to every NFL passing record.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Coming soon: A documentary about Brett Favre’s split with the Packers

In comparison with years past, the 2011 NFL season was relatively free of Brett Favre drama. When Favre began the season in retirement, there were very few who were convinced he would not return to football once a team in need came calling. When Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart both went down with injuries for the Texans, some rumors flew but nothing came to fruition. Fear not, Favre fanatics. The void left by the lack of a gunslinger return in 2011 is about to be filled with a documentary.

As Fox Sports North points out, a documentary film entitled “Last Day at Lambeau” is set to debut at the Wisconsin Film festival next month. Those of you who despise Favre will be relieved to hear that the film does not depict him as a hero, but rather tells the story of the ugly ending between him and Green Bay back in 2008. It highlights the way in which Favre forced the Packers hand and describes the details of the trade with New York.

Despite all that he accomplished during his career as the face of the Packers franchise, Favre’s last game with Green Bay and last game at Lambeau Field were career lowlights. In 2008, he threw an interception that led to a Giants game-winning field goal in the NFC Championship Game. In 2010 with the Vikings, he came up just short of leading Minnesota to a comeback over his old team after an incomplete pass that was intended for Randy Moss.

According to FS North, the film focuses more on the love-hate relationship that fans experience with their favorite players. It does not dive into the decision the Packers made to go with Aaron Rodgers, which was one of the toughest moves a team has ever had to make and one that worked out perfectly. Call me when the documentary about Rodgers debuts. That’s the one I’d rather see.

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Brett Favre ‘not pissed’ at Saints for bounty ‘it’s football’

Brett Favre was one of the opposing players targeted by the New Orleans Saints’ bounty program. The Saints particularly went after Favre during the 2009 NFC Championship Game, hitting him mercilessly and bruising him severely. Favre doesn’t hold a grudge against them, saying it’s part of the game.

“I’m not pissed. It’s football. I don’t think anything less of those guys,” he told SI’s Peter King. “Said or unsaid, guys do it anyway. If they can drill you and get you out, they will.”

Favre’s not stupid. He knows opposing teams are targeting him, and he’s right — that’s football. But again, paying players bounties goes against the spirit and integrity of the game, and that’s why the NFL is addressing it. It won’t stop defensive players from going after offensive stars, but it might stop the excessive/dirty hits.

Saints defense ran bounty system, targeted Kurt Warner, Brett Favre

When Gregg Williams (pictured) took over as defensive coordinator of the Saints, the players and media raved about the new attitude he brought to the team. Williams ran a swarming defense that got after opposing players. Little did we know he was promoting a bounty system all those years.

An NFL investigation revealed that the Saints have operated a bounty program the past three seasons — all since Williams became their defensive coordinator. As part of the bounty program, players were rewarded for knocking opponents out of the game. According to the report, the program paid players $1,500 for a “knockout” and $1,000 for a “cart-off,” with payouts doubling or tripling during the playoffs.

The investigation says the Saints specifically targeted former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and former Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Anyone who watched the NFC Championship Game between the Vikings and Saints could get that sense, and the pictures of the beat-up Favre support the findings.

Team owner Tom Benson reportedly directed GM Mickey Loomis to stop the system but was unsuccessful. Coach Sean Payton reportedly knew about the system but did not stop it.

Commissioner Roger Goodell notes that the system jeopardizes player safety and competitive integrity — two key components of the league. There are also specific rules against players being rewarded for injuring opponents.

The Saints will be penalized for the bounty program and could face fines, suspensions, and the loss of draft picks. Even though the job of defenses is to stop offenses, placing bounties on opposing players goes against the spirit, integrity, and sportsmanship aspects of the game.

Brett Favre on Super Bowl: Being the only show in town was a big thing for me

You didn’t expect Brett Favre to keep quiet for an entire playoff run, did you?  Football fans witnessed a miracle during the 2011 season. Favre did not — to our knowledge — contemplate coming out of retirement.  The idea was kicked around a few times when Matt Schaub went down, but that was more media speculation than anything.  That doesn’t mean Favre wasn’t antsy.

“This’ll be my first year removed from playing,” Favre said during an interview with 1340 The Fan in Lubbock. “I get the question all the time: Do you miss it? I really, in all honesty, have not, but once the playoffs came around, especially (last) week, and in years past as well, this is kind of the time the juices get flowing again.

“Even in past years, when I wasn’t in the Super Bowl, I wished I was. This week was really no different than in years past, but as far as the regular season went, I didn’t miss it a bit. … It kind of started out for me, in my career, when we got to play on a prime time setting … that was kind of the start to the Super Bowl lead-up. Just being the only show in town was a big thing for me.”

Is that last line Favre in a nutshell or what? Everyone enjoys playing for a championship, but only Favre could phrase it so gracefully. This is a guy who flip-flopped between retirement and unretirement several times, and you’d have to be extremely naive to think he didn’t love every minute of the media blitz that came along with it. It is only fitting that Brett the Packer, Brett the Jet, and Brett the Viking would admit he enjoyed the extra attention that came with the Super Bowl.