Time heals all wounds, even betrayal and defection to a bitter rival.
Is that an exaggeration? Probably, but that’s the nicer version of how many Green Bay Packers fans interpret the chain of events that led to Brett Favre’s journey from Wisconsin to New York to Minnesota, with a few stops in Mississippi along the way.
If that was the way that Packers fans felt when he departed the organization after the 2007 season, it didn’t take long for said wounds to heal across Wisconsin.
Packers CEO Mark Murphy came out last week and said that the organization “wants Favre back in the family.”
That’s a start, and many Green Bay fans agree, but even though he’s the CEO, Murphy is not the one with the biggest influence around town. That person is quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers said, “it’s been too long. You know, our country and the state of Wisconsin, these people are a people of second and third and fourth chances. I think it’s time to let the healing process begin for those who are still upset for what went down.”
I don’t think you’ll find many Packers fans who disagree.
What happened in the past happened and there is no changing that, whether Green Bay fans would like to or not. And given the fact that Rodgers has won two-thirds of the games he’s started in a Packers uniform, including Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers, I don’t think you’ll find many fans that would trade his success for one extra year of Favre.
Rodgers started his career with lofty expectations and a ton of vitriol from a segment of the fanbase. He’s brushed that off with stellar play over the course of his career and embraced the city of Green Bay and state of Wisconsin as much, if not more, than Favre ever did.
If Rodgers is ready to say that his predecessor should come back and that No. 4 should be permanently affixed to the upper bowl at Lambeau Field, the rest of the Packers faithful would be wise to heed his words.