Brett Favre Admits Fault In Packers Split, Has No 'Regrets'
By Jordan Webb | Jun 07, 2013 11:33 AM EDT
The reunion between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers is getting closer. Favre blamed himself on Thursday for the messy split, Pro Football Talk reports.
Favre spoke in a radio interview with WGR 550 in Buffalo, where he discussed his much-publicized divorce from the Packers in 2008 and the possibility of a reunion.
"It is what it is," Favre said. "It's over and done with. I was at fault. I feel that both sides had a part in it. If you could go back would I or them have done things differently? I'm sure both sides would. But you can't."
Favre and the Packers made headlines in March 2008 when the quarterback, then 38-years-old, announced his retirement. It was short lived, however, and Favre had a change of heart in July. He wanted his starting position back, but Green Bay management was ready to move in a new direction with Aaron Rodgers under center.
The team eventually traded Favre to the New York Jets. He ultimately retired in 2010 after two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
Things now appear on the mend between Green Bay and the future Hall of Famer. Rodgers and Favre presented an award together in February at the NFL Honors show, where they shared a laugh and shook hands.
"I thought it was good timing to just let the fans know, to let Brett know, let's move forward," Rodgers said after the show. "Let's heal things up and move forward."
Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy echoed Rodgers' sentiments in May.
"We want (Favre) back in the family," Murphy told FOX Sports.
Favre, in his interview on Thursday, made it clear any hard feelings between himself and the organization are fading.
"[T]he things that transpired that led us to 'breaking up' if you will, to me, are over and done with," Favre said. "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 - he kind of came into a hornet's nest if you will. He's been extremely great in trying to make this work. In our discussions, it will happen. 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."
Although he admitted his fault in the messy split, he added that he "really [doesn't] hold any regrets" about his career as a whole.
The day when Favre's No. 4 jersey hangs from Lambeau Field is on the horizon. As the bad blood settles, Favre can finally return to the field he called home for 16 seasons as a celebrated hero.