It doesn’t sound like Brett Favre is in any hurry to return to the Green Bay Packers.
On Friday, Favre talked about his divorce from the Packers. When it was suggested that fans wanted the situation to go away, Favre disagreed.
“I’m not so sure about that. I think some probably want to see it go away,” said Favre. “As far as coming back to Green Bay? We’ll do it one day.”
For their part, the Packers have talked about retiring Favre’s number, but have made it pretty clear that won’t be done until some mythical future date. Obviously, the Packers don’t want the guy getting booed when he’s having his number retired.
Favre would go to deny he was trying to hold the Packers hostage with his constant wavering about retirement, as many suggested.
“But I think for me it was the timing. I had played I don’t know how many games straight in ’05 at the end of the year. … If we didn’t win it at the end of the year, which 19 out of 20 we didn’t, then it was a disappointing year for me. Later on in my career, it just got more and more disapointing. Even though I might’ve had a great year. The last thing I wanted to think about was football. So when I was asked that question of playing or not playing, I could have easily said, which I probably should’ve, ‘We’ll see you in July. At this point I can’t commit to a team, I’m burned out.’ Which was true. That’s not to say that in July I wouldn’t be recharged. It’s kind of like when you go on summer break from school. You can’t wait. But then the first day of school, you’re kind of looking forward to it again. And that’s the way I was. It was just the timing of the questions and how I answered them.
“I wasn’t that type of player. Regardless of what people think. It’s just like holding out. I never held out. Bus, my agent, is here. He knows, had it ever gotten to the point — and it never did — where he said, ‘If you hold out, you’re going to get a lot of money.’ I wouldn’t have done it. He knows that. It just wasn’t my nature. I think someone said back then, I was holding the team hostage. The team was a lot more important to me than individual.”
So there you have it. No ill intent.