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Prevent Any Reconciliation Between the Packers and Brett Favre

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This is a petition to marshal organized opposition against any proposed reconciliation between the Packers organization and Brett Favre (hereinafter referred to simply as “the ex-Packer”). For the past several years, Murphy has repeatedly suggested that this is something that needs to happen. And with the recent interview in which the ex-Packer admitted fault as to what happened, while refusing to apologize for playing for the Vikings and also putting blame "all around," pundits are now suggesting that a retirement ceremony could happen this year. Most recently Murphy has explicitly stated his intention to retire the ex-Packers number by 2016. We, the undersigned, stand vehemently against either retiring his number or admitting him into the Packers Ring of Honor. We seek to dissuade Murphy and the Packers organization from any such course of action.

The transgressions this man has committed against the Green Bay Packers --and by extension its fan base--are as numerous as they are well known. As a cursory synopsis of the saga as it unfolded, he created the worst fiasco perhaps in the history of not just the Packers but the NFL, and perhaps all of sports by deciding to retire, only to demand a short time later that Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy accept his decision to un-retire, regardless of what it would do to this team, after the decision was made to go with Rodgers, and after draft selections were made.  Both of these were predicated on that decision to retire (what in legal parlance is known as detrimental reliance). This of course led to the standoff in '08, in which the Packers traded the ex-Packer to the Jets.

Of course, the ex-Packer, consumed by his personal vendetta, engineered his way out of his contract with the Jets, all so he could play for the Vikings and exact some measure of revenge against Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy, and, most crucially, by extension our Green Bay Packers. By playing for our most hated rival, doing everything in his power to give the Vikings their first Lombardi Trophy, and by doing everything in his power to sabotage the McCarthy-Rodgers era, he thus FOREVER betrayed the Pack! It is for this reason that he must never be forgiven.

People forget how perilously close he was to leading the hated Vikings to the Super Bowl. One errant throw–one single interception, predicated on a fluke technical penalty--is all the difference. Had that single play turned out differently, or more particularly had that 12th man penalty not occurred, the Vikings would most likely advance to the Super Bowl, which they probably would have won. That in turn would have created an environment so toxic, that 2010 would be not possible. This of course is the very result the ex-Packer intended all along.

Detractors will point out what “he did for Green Bay.” It is precisely because of his importance in Packers history that make such crimes so heinous, and so completely beyond even the suggestion of forgiveness or reconciliation. Never in the history of the League had a figure who came to personify a franchise  ever played for a hated rival for the express purpose of foiling his prior team in such a manner. Of course, detractors overstate the importance of Number Four in the renaissance of the Packers, downplaying the role of Bob Harlan, Ron Wolf, Reggie White, and above all Mike Holmgren, without whom the quarterback may have never risen out of obscurity in the first place.

People forget all this. People also forget the toxic, poisonous environment that man created for Thompson, McCarthy and even Rodgers, plunging the entire organization in a dysfunctional environment of chaos. People overlook the sort of brass balls it required for Thompson and McCarthy to stare into NFL immortality, with the cold, steely eyes of an assassin, and say “No,” and to then brave the firestorm of controversy that ensued. Of course, it then required Rodgers to put forth an unparalleled, superhuman effort, culminating in a Super Bowl Victory, an MVP award, and all around the greatest career stats ever enjoyed by a quarterback to nullify this toxic environment that this man created. And in spite of it all, some turncoats and malcontents still express dissension in our midst even today. Very simply put, this man instigated an all-out Civil War in Packerland that still wages on in some pockets of resistance.

For this, he must NEVER be forgiven. Indeed, these considerations only demonstrate that this man is not worthy of reconciliation. Not at this time, and the organizer of this petition would suggest not in his lifetime. Reserve any number retirement Ring of Honor ceremonies on a posthumous basis only.

In addition to presenting these grievances to you, we, the undersigned, of course want to also thank you for the incredible job that you, General Manager Ted Thompson, and coach Mike McCarthy have done in bringing back the Lombardi Trophy to where it belongs, Green Bay, Wisconsin. It is a wonderful time to be a Packer fan. Of course, the man in question did everything in his power to prevent this from happening.

It is because we love the Packers so much that we, the undersigned, hold this man in utter contempt and disdain, and remain steadfast against any gesture of reconciliation. This man committed treason of the highest order against our beloved Packers, and must be banished and forsaken for the end of his days. At the very least, suggestions of a pending reconciliation in the immediate future are offensive to legions of us who cannot forgive or forget. Do not do this. Do not overlook the many wrongs this man did to our beloved Green Bay Packers and its fans.




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