Brett Favre didn’t say when, but he says he and the Green Bay Packers will get back together again.
On The Ticket Sportsradio 1310 in Dallas over the weekend, as transcribed by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee and relayed on national media outlets such ProFootballTalk.com, Favre joked that his trade to the New York Jets and later signing with the Minnesota Vikings “made for good TV when I came back, didn’t it?”
“As far as coming back to Green Bay?” Favre said. “We'll do it one day.”
Packers president Mark Murphy has said numerous times that the Packers will retire Favre’s No. 4 when the time is right, though when that will be remains unclear. But the relationship between Favre and the team appears to be improving with time, as evidenced by Favre’s appearance with quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the NFL Honors show on ESPN in February, where the two joked about the tension between them when Favre tried to return from retirement in 2008.
Favre also said that he wasn’t trying to leverage the team in the offseasons when he contemplated retirement. He also said he never thought Ted Thompson was wasting his later years by building more for the future than the present in Thompson’s early years as general manager, beginning in 2005.
“I just find it hard to believe that a GM or a head coach would be concerned about the next era when their job is on the line today,” Favre said. “That has happened. I think you do have to look to the future a little bit in, for example, drafting Aaron Rodgers. Perfectly OK with that. But you do have to be concerned about winning now, unless you're looking forward to getting a high pick or whatever.
“But I think for me (retirement contemplation) was the timing. I had played I don’t know how many games straight in ‘05 at the end of the year. ... If we didn’t win it at the end of the year, which 19 out of 20 we didn’t, then it was a disappointing year for me. Later on in my career, it just got more and more disappointing. Even though I might’ve had a great year, the last thing I wanted to think about was football. So when I was asked that question of playing or not playing, I could have easily said, which I probably should've, “We'll see you in July. At this point I can’t commit to a team, I’m burned out.’ Which was true. That’s not to say that in July I wouldn’t be recharged. It's kind of like when you go on summer break from school. You can't wait. But then the first day of school, you’re kind of looking forward to it again. And that’s the way I was. It was just the timing of the questions and how I answered them.”