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Rodgers: Retire Favre's No. 4 before he goes into Hall of Fame

May 22, 2013
 
Brett Favre, left, and Aaron Rodgers present at the NFL Honors on Feb. 2, 2013, in New Orleans. File/AP
Brett Favre, left, and Aaron Rodgers present at the NFL Honors on Feb. 2, 2013, in New Orleans. File/AP

The once-distant relationship between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers has seen significant progress over the last three months.

In February, Favre and his predecessor, Aaron Rodgers, handed out the NFL comeback player of the year award together during the NFL honors ceremony.

Last week, Packers president Mark Murphy said he envisioned a day when the three-time MVP quarterback would take part in the teamís annual Tailgate Tour and further suggested the teamís willingness to welcome him back into the fold.

On Wednesday during an appearance on "The Jim Rome Show," Rodgers reiterated his previously stated desire for the two sides to come together following their messy separation in 2008.

Listen: Aaron Rodgers talks to Jim Rome

While it's widely assumed Favre will be a first-ballot selection to the Pro Football Hall once he's been retired for five full NFL seasons in 2016, Rodgers said heís hoping to see the organization retire their all-time leading passerís number before then.

"Iím excited about it. I really am," Rodgers said of the reconciliation. "Itís been too long. I think our country and the state of Wisconsin, these people are people of second, third and fourth chances, and I think itís time to let the healing process begin for those who are still upset about what went down.

"I was totally OK with being out front of that and Iím very secure of the things Iíve been able to accomplish with the team and individually here in Green Bay, and excited about the chance to see him again and get his number retired here before he goes into Canton.Ē

The Packers have said they wish to retire Favreís No. 4, but are waiting for an appropriate time. It would be the sixth number the team has retired with Reggie Whiteís No. 92 being the most recent in 2005.

After spending three seasons together in Green Bay, Rodgers and Favre ceased to have a relationship after the teamís decision to part ways with Favre upon his first return from retirement in 2008.

A year after being traded to the New York Jets, Favre retired again before signing with the NFC North Division rival Minnesota where he spent the final two seasons of his career.

Over the past year, however, Rodgers and Favre have publicly buried the hatchet, beginning at the NFL Honors ceremony.

ďWe had a good time. It was fun to catch up with him. It was good to see him,Ē said Rodgers, who signed a five-year, $110 million extension this offseason that will keep him in Green Bay through his 36th birthday.

ďI look forward to him being back in the fold as Mark Murphy has said. I think itís time for our fans and this organization and Brett to heal through this and move forward together before he gets the greatest honor of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Ē

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