BUFFALO, N.Y. — Retired quarterback Brett Favre is taking some of the blame for his ugly departure from the Green Bay Packers.
Favre told WGR 550-AM in Buffalo on Thursday that he was "at fault" in the breakup, though he says he feels like "both sides had a part in it."
“It's over and done with. I was at fault,” Favre told host Joe Buscaglia. “I feel that both sides had a part in it. If you can go back would I or them have done things differently? I'm sure both sides would have, but you can't. I don't know for certain, but I think the situation with Peyton (Manning) and the Colts almost looked like our situation, but then maybe they thought twice about it and maybe they learned from our situation and they handled it correctly.
“As time goes, it heals a lot of things. I know for me as I've gotten further and further removed from the game, I think about for example the statistics and things of that nature, which I don't know any player where that didn't matter some. It matters a whole lot less now. So, the things that transpired that led to us 'breaking up' if you will, to me, are over and done with. When will that happen? I don't think either side is trying to push the issue. I think Mark Murphy – and Mark really came in the last few weeks of my career in Green Bay – so he kind of came into a hornet's nest, if you will. But he's been extremely great in trying to make this work.
“I think both sides are genuine. I know they are. And that's the way it has to come across because that's the way it should be. We don't want to go out there waving to the crowd with our backs to each other. And I don't think that's going to happen. Aaron has said some very nice things. He and I have a good relationship. I had a chance to present an award with him at the Super Bowl and that was for real. It wasn't for show. And so I think everything will be fine."
Favre also says he has patched up things with Aaron Rodgers. After Rodgers arrived at Green Bay, Favre flirted every offseason with retirement but always came back. In 2008, Favre retired, changed his mind and asked for his job back, but Favre was traded to the New York Jets during training camp. Favre then spent 2009 and 2010 with rival Minnesota.
Rodgers has said he would like to see Favre and the Packers organization back on good terms. This week, he said he has been texting with Favre since the two appeared at the “NFL Honors” show at the Super Bowl in February.
During the recent Tailgate Tour, Murphy reiterated his longtime stance that the team would like to retire Favre’s No. 4. On Thursday, Favre said he’s been in contact with Murphy a few times.
“I don't know of any player who would not want that to happen. I'm honored just by the thought,” Favre said. “Obviously there was, if you want to call it, 'bad blood' or whatever, I just think that people started picking sides and really I'm over that and have been over it. Mark Murphy and I have talked on numerous occasions. I never expected them to do anything. I'm not one to sit here and say I think they need to do this, do that. They have a very good ball team and that's their primary focus and it should have always been, which it has.”
Favre said he had no regrets about his decision to play for the Jets and Vikings.
“I hate it, that it happened that way and I tried to go on and play my best football in spite of those things,” Favre said. “And I had a great year my first year in Minnesota and, up until my bicep was torn in New York, I really felt we were having a great year. So, I look back and have fond memories of all those years. In 20 years of football, really I don't hold any regrets. I know I gave it my all. Had 16 great, wonderful years in Green Bay. Had a lot of success, played with a lot of great teammates. I was part of teams with some great coaches who have all branched out, McCarthy being one of those.”