If the long anticipated detente between the Green Bay Packers and their long-time quarterback, Brett Favre, never materializes, it won’t be due to a lack of effort.
The Pack has extended more than an olive branch to get this done.
More like a grove of trees with enough olives to make greek salata for the entire population of Athens.
It is in the best interests of both the franchise and QB to mend the fences — eventually!
Another prodigal son, Super Bowl XXXI winning coach Mike Holmgren just last week was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.
Holmgren, too, left beneath a cumulonimbus of mass proportion.
His rift with then-GM Ron Wolf over total control of football operations led to a nasty divorce and Holmgren’s departure to the Seattle Seahawks.
Many people still blame Holmgren and the tension leading up to Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego for that loss to the Denver Broncos.
A case can be made for that having at least been a factor.
The distraction during the week prior was downplayed at the time but still must have festered.
It was in Seattle where the Craig Stadler look-a-like controlled the reins for several years with ample assistance from now-GB GM, Ted Thompson.
Later, Holmgren was asked to turn in his GM hat and then eventually left the sidelines to become President of the Cleveland Browns.
Favre’s minions have let it come out that he is lukewarm to the idea about a return to Titletown to make nice.
It would include a retiring of the No. 4 and possibly a place on the Ring of Honor inside Lambeau Field.
That is a rare honor for the soon to be century-old and much storied organization.
Perhaps Favre’s own alleged hijinx in New York as a member of the Jets has put a stain on that proposed ring that not even Wisk can get out.
At any rate, accepting the honor with grace and dignity would go a long way toward restoring a reputation which has deteriorated.
Favre’s cred as NFL Ironman has given way to being a punchline on late night monologues and Top Ten Lists.
From the Pack’s perspective, there is that warehouse full of No. 4s they would like to peddle but can’t just yet.
Word is that President Mark Murphy has been pushing pretty hard to make this happen.
Thompson isn’t saying much about the effort, but the tactiturn TT isn’t really known for spewing on such matters.
Which brings us to why this is such an issue.
Favre still holds a grudge against Thompson for drafting Aaron Rodgers at No. 24 in 2005.
That and manning the shovel that was stoking the engine on the Kiln native’s retirement train.
Time heals all wounds and this, too, shall pass.
Eventually, there will be global warming and the frozen tundra will thaw to the point that these two will have to kiss and make up.
Will it happen during Thompson’s tenure?
It should, but only if the petulant passer can rise above the chasm and will allow it.
That would involve taking one for the team and leaving pride and ego on the shelf.
Come to think of it, it was this notion of team that was sort of in suspended animation for much of Favre’s tenure (see Mike Sherman).
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