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Ted Thompson would welcome Favre back into Packers family

Jul. 30, 2013
 
Ted Thompson, left, and Brett Favre during 2005 minicamp. File/Press-Gazette Media
Ted Thompson, left, and Brett Favre during 2005 minicamp. File/Press-Gazette Media

The relationship between Packers general manager Ted Thompson and former quarterback Brett Favre has been strained at times, but Thompson said today he would welcome Favre back into the fold.

General manager Ted Thompson is the man responsible for ending Brett Favre’s 16-year career with the Green Bay Packers.

But Thompson, who traded Favre to the New York Jets in 2008, said on Tuesday he would welcome Favre’s return to the Packers’ family when the quarterback gets his number retired.

“I think it’s wonderful,” said Thompson on the fence mending that has taken place between the Packers organization and Favre.

Packers President Mark Murphy has said he wants to retire Favre’s number sometime in the future, and Favre seems open to the idea.

There was a time when Favre expressed bitter feelings toward Thompson and the Packers, but both sides seem to have put that in the past.

“The man played for a very long time here and he was a marvelous, marvelous football player,” Thompson said of Favre. “A good person in the community, he and his wife. I think he means a lot to the Packers for Brett Favre to be remembered in a good light and I have no objections at all. I’m thrilled.”

There has been speculation that Favre wouldn’t get his number retired until after Thompson left the Packers.

Thompson said he doesn’t think his relationship with Favre holds the key to a reconcilation.

“I don’t think so,” said Thompson. “When you’re talking about the Packers and Brett Favre and then you talk about me, I’m way down the list, as I should be.”

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