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Brett Favre on separation from Packers: 'I was at fault'

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Brett Favre said he was 'at fault' in his messy divorce from Green Bay following the 2007 season. (USATSI)
Brett Favre said he was 'at fault' in his messy divorce from Green Bay following the 2007 season. (USATSI)

An official reunion between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers looks like it's one step closer to happening. During an interview on Thursday, Favre did something he had never done before publicly: he took responsibility for the messy way things ended in Green Bay following the 2007 season.

In a wide-ranging interview with radio station WGR 550-AM in Buffalo, Favre sounded contrite about the way he left Green Bay.

"It's over and done with. I was at fault," Favre said. "I feel that both sides had a part in it. If you could go back, would I or them have done things differently? I'm sure both sides would. But you can't."

To refresh your memory, Favre decided to retire following the 2007 season, but then unretired in July 2008 -- you can read the entire timeline here -- after the Packers had already planned on moving forward with Aaron Rodgers as their starting quarterback. Favre reported for training camp in August 2008 before Green Bay finally unloaded him in a trade with the Jets.

The situation created a rift between not only Favre and the organization, but Favre and Rodgers.

Favre and Rodgers buried the hatchet in February when they appeared on stage together to present Peyton Manning the 2012 Comeback Player of the Year award. At the time, Rodgers said it was 'time to heal things up' and 'move forward.' That was the first major step in the healing process.

(Video courtesy of YouTube)

The next step came in March when Packers team president Mark Murphy said that he wanted Favre 'Back in the family' and that a Favre retirement ceremony was 'going to happen.'

Now the final step seems be happening before our eyes with Favre wanting it to happen too. As late as last July, Favre said he didn't 'need to have a retirement' ceremony, but during his interview on Thursday, it sounded like his tune had changed.

"I don't know of any player who would not want that to happen," Favre said of having his number being retired. "I'm honored just by the thought. Obviously there was, if you want to call it, 'bad blood' or whatever, I just think that people started picking sides. And really I'm over that and have been over it."

Favre credits Murphy for salvaging the relationship between himself, Rodgers and the organization. Murphy took over as Packers president in December 2007, just months before the Favre soap opera began.

"[Mark] kind of came into a hornet's nest [in 2007] if you will. He's been extremely great in trying to make this work," Favre said. "In our discussions, [the retirement ceremony] will happen. I think both sides are genuine. I know they are. And that's the way it has to come across because that's the way it should be. We don't want to go out there waving to the crowd with our backs to each other. And I don't think that's going to happen."

Favre also pointed to his February appearance with Rodgers as a pivotal moment in the healing process, "Aaron has said some very nice things. He and I have a good relationship" Favre said. "I had a chance to present an award with him at the Super Bowl and that was for real. It wasn't for show. And so I think everything will be fine."

That's what Packers fans have wanted to hear for some time now, "everything will be fine." And finally -- five years after separating -- it looks like everything will be fine between Favre, Rodgers and the Packers organization.

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