GREEN BAY – When Brett Favre gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 6, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson plans to be on hand.
“People are working night and day trying to pull off the logistics of all of it,” Thompson said during a Friday media session. “But we’re certainly hoping to make it and we think we will, by hook or by crook.”
The Packers will be in Canton, Ohio, to play the Indianapolis Colts in the Hall of Fame Game the evening after Favre’s ceremony. So Thompson hopes to be in attendance despite being the man at the center of the firestorm when he traded Favre to the New York Jets in August of 2008.
At that time, Favre had reversed his decision to retire and was hoping to return to the Packers. Thompson was ready to turn the reins over to Aaron Rodgers, and took plenty of heat when the team chose to cut ties with Favre.
Favre and the Packers since have mended fences, culminating last summer with the legendary quarterback’s induction into the Packers Hall of Fame and his No. 4 being added to the Lambeau Field façade.
“I think it’s important for the organization and the player to be in a good place,” Thompson said of his relationship with Favre. “For me, it’s a selfish thing. It’s like I’ve said before, we never had a cross word and still haven’t. But circumstances put us all in situations that we were uncomfortable with. I think that happens in life. Life throws you curve balls sometimes and sometimes you think you’re doing the right thing and maybe you’re not, or vice versa. For my small part in the relationship angle in terms of Brett and the Green Bay Packers and stuff, I’m glad that part is over with.”