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Aaron Rodgers: 'It's important' to get Brett Favre 'in the fold'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Aaron Rodgers thinks it's 'important' to retire Brett Favre's jersey.
Aaron Rodgers thinks it's 'important' to retire Brett Favre's jersey. (USATSI)

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The Packers have plans to retire Brett Favre's jersey in the coming year, something the ex-Green Bay quarterback confirmed on his own recently. Another Green Bay quarterback is happy about the way things are unfolding, calling Favre being "back in the fold" an"important" thing.

And Aaron Rodgers also said he's "been on the forefront" of making sure the jersey retirement happens.

"I've kind of been on the forefront of getting this thing done, you know, in my own way," Rodgers said. "I wanted to make sure my voice was out there and behind Brett coming back. I think it's important to bring him back into the fold. It was a great thing to be able to announce that and retire his number and put his number in the Packer Hall of Fame, which is obvious – of course it's going to happen. He's one of the greatest Packers of all-time and one of the greatest NFL players of all-time.

"It's good to get him back here and hopefully get him here in the fall, as well."

So much of Favre's legacy looked like it would be tied to his waffling in and out of retirement near the end of his career, plus finding success with the Jets and then nearly winning a Super Bowl with the Packers hated rival the Vikings.

People are more positive now on Favre, though, than they have been in ages. Perhaps it's the Santa Claus look?

Whatever the case, as recently-extended general manager Ted Thompson pointed out what Favre did for Green Bay during his 16 years there was "remarkable."

"Well, I mean what he's done for this place is remarkable," Thompson said. "We sort of grew up with the Packers. And, he's a good guy, great football player and good teammate. Like I say, we're just, we're happy all that other stuff is kind of been put aside, and let's go forward with the relationship."

It wouldn't be right if Favre and the Packers weren't paired together.

Time heals all wounds and people are starting to soften on Favre. They're particularly fond in Green Bay, where Favre will be honored and, likely, welcomed.

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