'Good first step' in Favre reconciliation

March, 18, 2013
3/18/13
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PHOENIX -- Count Green Bay Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy as among those who enjoyed a joint appearance in January between the team's most recent quarterbacks. To this point, however, the softening relationship between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers hasn't spurred any internal action to plan Favre's long-awaited formal retirement ceremony.

"I thought it was great," Murphy said of the skit Favre and Rodgers performed at the NFL Honors program in January. "It was kind of a good first step. And our intent all along is we want to bring him back into the family and retire his number. He deserves it."

The next step lies with the Packers. Murphy, speaking here after a session at the NFL owners meeting, said he was confident "it's going to happen." But he added: "I certainly don't want to put a deadline on it."

Favre retired after the 2010 season and last wore a Packers uniform in 2007. I don't think the world will collapse under the weight of anticipation of this ceremony, but enough time has passed for those involved in the nasty 2008 divorce to let go of any lingering animosity. Rodgers said in January that it "is probably time to move forward." I agree.

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