Green Bay Packers general manger Ted Thompson is fully on board with the club welcoming back iconic quarterback Brett Favre.
“I think it's wonderful,” Thompson said about 2 hours after Tuesday’s training camp practice. “Surely, like a lot of people have said – Mark Murphy and other people in the organization have said -- this is going to happen. There will be a Brett-coming-back thing and him getting his due honors, as he should. The man played for a very long time here and was a marvelous, marvelous football player and a good person in the community, he and his wife. I think it means a lot for the Packers for Brett Fare to be remembered in a good light. I have no objections at all (to him returning). I’m thrilled.”
Favre retired following the 2007 season but changed his mind during the following offseason. Thompson made the controversial decision to stick with Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback and trade Favre out of the NFC to the New York Jets. Favre played one season for the Jets, retired again, and resurfaced with Minnesota.
Favre, the Packers' and the NFL's career passing leader, played two seasons with the Vikings, beating Green Bay twice in 2009 en route to reaching the NFC title game. The Packers won both games in 2010 en route to winning the Super Bowl.
The bitterness between Favre and the team has eased, and Murphy has spoke several times recently of his desire to retire Favre’s No. 4 before Favre presumably is elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. Rodgers, too, said it was time for both sides to come together.
Thompson said he shouldn’t stand in the way.
“When you talk about the Packers and Brett Favre, I'm way down on the list -- as I should be,” he said. “I never won any games here. He won a bunch.”