Ted Thompson Wants Brett Favre Back

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Ted Thompson

Ted Thompson

Take me back, Brett! I love you! Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson — the guy who ultimately decided to end Brett Favre’s reign in Green Bay — says he wants Brett to be part of the family again.

Thompson traded Favre to the New York Jets in 2008 after Favre unretired following a 16-year career with the Packers. Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy had made the decision to turn the team over to Aaron Rodgers earlier that offseason and didn’t waver when Favre decided to return. When Favre decided he would not to go quietly into the night, his relationship with Thompson became acrimonious.

Since then, the Packers — most notably president Mark Murphy and Rodgers — have been working to repair the relationship between the organization and Favre. Murphy says the Packers will retire Favre’s number before he enters the Hall of Fame in 2016.

And Thompson says he thinks that’s swell.

“The man played for a very long time here and he was a marvelous, marvelous football player,” Thompson said of Favre. “A good person in the community, he and his wife. I think he means a lot to the Packers for Brett Favre to be remembered in a good light and I have no objections at all. I’m thrilled.”

It’s been suggested that Thompson’s presence in Green Bay could be a roadblock to Favre’s return. Thompson doesn’t agree.

“I don’t think so,” said Thompson. “When you’re talking about the Packers and Brett Favre and then you talk about me, I’m way down the list, as I should be.”

We doubt these guys are going to go out for a beer when Favre comes back and we’re looking forward to seeing that awkward handshake between two guys that probably still hate each other.

And besides that, if anything should be a roadblock to Favre’s return, it should be because he played for the scumbag Minnesota Vikings.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

22 Comments on "Ted Thompson Wants Brett Favre Back"

  1. E. Wolf

    Insanity. It makes me ashamed to be a Packers fan. It makes me ashamed because this man did everything in his power to fuck us over and deliver our most hated rival to the Promised Land.

    Imagine a once-in-a-lifetime friendship gone bad over a disagreement, where the friend turned enemy does everything in his power to disenfranchise you and collaborates with a lifelong, sworn enemy. Further imagine this friend turned enemy is at the very precipice of destroying your life, but is undone by a mere technicality (such as a 12th man on the field penalty). That he failed ONLY for want of a mere technicality absolve him completely? Would you so eagerly forgive such a masterminded plot to sabotage you and aid your most hated enemy because it somehow failed because of freak circumstance? Would you so eagerly forgive a man who wanted this horrible result more than anything, but only failed because of a bizarre fluke? I SAY NO!

    I conclude by noting how utterly defective this man’s mea culpa has been so far. He offered a half-hearted, insincere apology to a Buffalo Sports radio station pushing some charity event, admitting fault to be sure, only to say that there is “blame to go around” in vague doublespeak that would make George Orwell proud. Quite incredibly, he has not even apologized to Packer fans, nor has he apologized for bringing the Vikings a cat’s whisker away from the Super Bowl, which they probably would have won.


    • grbfrog

      I agree that his number should not be retired, but you have his time with the Vikings all wrong. The Vikings, the classic playoff chokers, led by the classic playoff interception choker quarterback was a match made in heaven. The Vikings and the quarterback both have great seasons until it seems that they both finally might triumph. But choking is snatching defeat from the certainty of victory, and both the team and the quarterback delivered. An absolutely comically stupid penalty to set up a comically terrible interception and the Vikings are losers again. The Vikings would’ve probably won the Super Bowl? Please. It wasn’t a technicality that kept them from winning, it was destiny. If anything, we should thank Brent for delivering the Vikings yet another one of their classic chokes.

  2. Doug

    Yeah, but it’s almost kind of perfect the way it happened. Sure I would have loved to see them go 4-12 each year, but for them to be as good as they were, and get THAT close, and then have their savior, Favre, with a boneheaded play absolutely rip their hearts out….was completely entertaining and fulfilling. Now they’re back down in the dregs of the QB race with a guy who would be lucky to be a backup on most teams. Classic.

    • E. Wolf

      I do not think people appreciate what a fluke the last moments of that game were. It rivals the Steve Bartmann debacle–it is just that eerie. So yes we can delight that the Vikings may be as cursed as the cubs (sans the history or charm). In the end though he tried to put a bullet in the head of our Green Bay Packers and was a flukey technical penalty away from putting the Vikings inthe Super Bowl. Given that Manning is a bigger choke artist, they would have won.

  3. Daniel

    Mr. Wolf, I am surprised your petition has not gotten a better response. Please repost so people can find it

  4. packnutt

    You’re ashamed to be a Packer fan because of this?
    I’d be willing to bet you kick your dog every morning.

    • E. Wolf

      I suppose I am not ashamed to be a Packers fan because of this, but this is shameful, and i find it embarassing. Living here in NYC, I have had at least two conversations with native NYers (think Giants and Jets fans, Yankees and Mets fans), in which they ask me how Packer fans can applaud a guy who comes back to beat them and who tries to give our most hated rival the hardware. I explain that a number–if not most booed him. As this was before I made the pilgrimage on Boxing Day 2010, I suggest that it may be an unfortunate syndrome of a Midwest mentality in which many are far too altruistic for their own good, which may be true. Finally, there is a certain faction of turncoats who are more Favre fans than they are Packers fans.
      No matter how you slice it, I do not like it. It angers me. And I am particularly disappointed in the Polar Bear. This man tried to ruin our good friend, the good steward and shepherd who overlooks the welfare and future of the team we love so much. ANd he almost succeeded. Remember that firetedthompson website? Someone tries to affect my livelihood–let alone foil my legacy as a genius for spotting and recruiting talent and building Super Bowl Champion caliber teams from scratch–and I’d think about stabbing that man in the fucking throat with an icepick. I would not be pandering to bring him back with open arms.
      I just do not understand this ability to whitewash one’s memory and just forget that someone tried to ruin you AND give everything that is rightfullly yours to the FUCKING ENEMY!

    • E. Wolf

      I bet you say that a lot, most notably while impaling yourself with a big ol’ dildo as you imagine him making you feel like a woman.

    • Abe Frohman

      Can we please have some perspective? He’s a “hero”??? Child, please. If he were a soldier, policeman, fireman, etc. we could be having that discussion. It was NEVER life or death out there. The guy played a game for a living and got paid exceptionally well to do so. Athletes are “heroes” in the sense that an executive for a fortune 100 company is a hero.

  5. the real russ letlow

    I haven’t heard ol’ Bert mention Ted by name other than the “stick it to him” awhile ago. me thinks Bert might still have a little hard feelings there.

  6. jim

    Taylor was let go to the Saints, Adderley to the Cowboys, and Lombardi intended to raise the Redskins to a championships, but none of them ever expressed a desire to put it to their old team, and none of them ever will be thought of anything but a Packer.

    Football is a business and Favre would still waffle about playing (since he couldn’t make up his mind about that either) but he went out of his way to express his desire to beat the Pack in a way that the really best never would or did. He does not deserve to be among the best, he doesn’t have the character

  7. Savage57

    You decide you want to retire, but change your mind.

    Your employer says OK, and wants to give your job to someone else.

    You don’t want to be demoted.

    You ask to be let go, but they transfer you to another location.

    You hate your new location so you quit and retire.

    Another company, a competitor of the original company that let you go, offers you $12MM a year to work for them.

    You are a normal person, so you compete with your old company on every front.

    I could not, without a ridiculous amount of shame acknowledging the unfounded hero worship that I once projected onto this man, find fault with what he did and the choices he made.

    It’s still America, right? Freedom of choice, ability to express self-determination? A fan’s angst kind of pales in comparison to what was at play for the guys who really had some skin in the game.

    All too many Packer fans are a living example of the statement, “the only thing hate does is corrode the container its stored in”. You’re trying to let something that the rest of the world has moved on from control your life.

    Time to let it go.

  8. PF4L

    A very simplistic view Savage. The Packers didn’t let Favre go…They said he could come back, but that he’d have to compete with Rodgers for the starting QB job. Favre didn’t want any part of that, so he asked for his release. Lets try to get the facts straight. Thank you.

    • E. Wolf

      It was not juts a competing offer from a rival company. Four orchestrated his way out of the Jets contract in order to make that happen, to wage a sick vendetta against TT and Mac, and by extension our beloved Packers.

  9. PF4L

    “You ask to be let go, but they transfer you to another location.” <——–Favre was under contract with the Packers. Should they have just given him the full release he wanted, or trade him and at least get a draft pick? Nobody wins drinking the Favre Kool-Aid, it clouds common sense.

  10. bob at 81

    wooooooolf – your childish displeasure of seeing the retirement of #4 shows your disrespect for a long and “GREAT” career as a packer. move on – and grow up – – – –

    • E. Wolf

      Here is a little tip. Continuousl telling someone to grow up is actually very childish. I would suggest that tired old saw is most closely associated with spoiled, white American adolescent girls. It is certainly not how men talk.

  11. bob at 81

    “childish” is when a grownup takes on the anticks of a child. yes I am “old” school, and was taught to respect my elders, and was told, if you can’t say something good about someone “keep your mouth shut” except you are not my elder, and I will put my years up to yours any day of the week. I have a great grand daughter with better manners than you.

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