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Agent: Favre-Packers reunion nearing

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Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS—The Green Bay Packers and former quarterback Brett Favre have been in regular contact, and the possibility of him returning to Lambeau Field to have his number retired increases with each conversation.

Favre’s agent, James (Bus) Cook, said Friday from the NFL scouting combine that he had no idea whether the ceremony would be this year, next year or several years down the road, but he said the future Hall of Famer is in touch with various people in the organization and has spoken directly with Mark Murphy, team president and CEO,a number of times.

“I imagine he’ll get together with the team and figure out what to do,” said Cook, who was at the combine attending an annual agent certification meeting. “They talk a lot to Brett. He talks to them. I think Murphy has talked to him a couple of times.”

The divide between Favre and the Packers occurred shortly after the 2007 season when Favre couldn’t commit to a 17th season and decided to retire. He changed his mind right before the start of training camp and set off a drama the likes of which hadn’t been seen around Green Bay before.

The Packers had already moved forward with Aaron Rodgers and after a weeklong soap opera, Favre was traded to the New York Jets. He played two seasons after that with the Minnesota Vikings before retiring for good.

Favre has been out of the game for three seasons and will be eligible for election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. Since retiring, his animosity over not being able to finish his career with the Packers has diminished enough that he was willing to appear together with Rodgers as presenters at the NFL Honors ceremony at the end of the 2012 season.

“Time takes care of a lot of things,” Cook said. “I can’t answer it (when the ceremony will happen) for sure. He’s just Brett. They’ll all agree, they’ll get him up there. He’ll probably go in and out the same day, knowing Brett. He does that everywhere.

“They need to put all that behind and move on. There’s two sides to every story and there’s a lot to that story. He just wanted to play football as evidenced by the fact he went to New York and Minnesota three more years. But it happens every year. People move on.”



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