To say the divorce between the Green Bay Packers organization and Brett Favre was nasty is probably an understatement. Favre left the Packers hanging seemingly every year because he couldn’t make up his mind on whether he wanted to return or retire. As we all know, this led to Favre being traded to the New York Jets and the fall out began soon after.
Smash cut to Favre leading the Minnesota Vikings nearly to the Super Bowl two short years after and this heightened the animosity between the organization and its fans. From beloved to polarizing, Favre quickly became a villain in Packer nation in some people’s minds.
After reconciling with the organization and current quarterback Aaron Rodgers, all seems forgotten. Now another former Packer has spoken up about Brett Favre and his place in not only Packers lore, but NFL history.
Via Packers News:
Speaking Tuesday night at the Marshview Conservation Club’s annual dinner banquet at the Rangeline Inn, former Packers center Frank Winters gave a resounding shout-out to the man who took his snaps for a decade in Green Bay.
“In my opinion, he was probably one of the top five players to ever play the game. He was a special person, special individual, and hopefully they can get this thing worked out here in the upcoming months and get him back to Green Bay where he deserves to go into the Hall of Fame and to the NFL Hall of Fame,” Winters said to applause.
To say Favre is one of the top five NFL players all-time could be debated forever. But he undoubtedly is a Hall of Fame player and one of the best players to play for the Green Bay franchise. He not only deserves to have his number retired with the Packers, but also is arguably one of the top quarterbacks in NFL history. Favre holds many records and has a Super Bowl ring to go with the rest of his accolades. He certainly deserves to be mentioned among the greats regardless of his relationships and shortcomings.