Time heals all wounds, or so the cliché goes. One example of this has been the gradually-improving relationship between three-time MVP quarterback Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. It started with current QB Aaron Rodgers trying to be a peacekeeper between Favre and Packers fans, but one of the biggest steps toward forgiveness between parties is when the other admits that it has made mistakes and takes some of the blame for the situation.
Favre is now starting to show regret for his handling of the situation in the off-season of 2008, and the newest example of this was reported by Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Quoting Favre from an interview with a Buffalo radio station, Wes found this
It's over and done with. I was at fault ... I feel that both sides had a part in it. If you can go back would I or them have done things differently? I'm sure both sides would have, but you can't.
Certainly one of the toughest things in life is to admit when you are in the wrong, and this is something that seems to have been coming for a little while now. It's by no means an admission that he was solely or even predominantly to blame for the situation, though the fact that he does acknowledge that he was in the wrong is a positive step.
While Favre has said he has talked to team president Mark Murphy, we can of course only speculate on how much direct contact has been made between Favre and the team. However, the fact that they are apparently planning some sort of jersey retirement ceremony for Favre is a good sign that things are moving in the right direction. Public comments like this are another positive step towards healing the broken relationship.
Ultimately, these comments aren't as important or as significant as they appear on the surface, but then again that has been the case with everything that either party has said about the situation since the split took place in 2008.
It is only a matter of time before everything is wrapped up, Favre's number four is officially retired, and the entire Packers community can move on from one of the most dramatic situations in franchise history. It's been a long five years, but it's long past time to put this behind us. I look forward to the time when we can again think about Favre's time in Green Bay without remembering the way it ended.