Brett Favre told a Milwaukee radio station Friday morning that whatever rift might have existed between the Green Bay Packers and their longtime quarterback is now done.
“The ice has been broken,” Favre told WTMJ (620 AM) on Friday.
Favre will return to Green Bay next July to be inducted into the remodeled Packers Hall of Fame and will have his No. 4 jersey retired at the same time, it was announced earlier this week.
However, Favre told WTMJ he’d love to be back in Packerland earlier than next summer.
“You will see me more in Green Bay,” Favre said. “I would like to go to a game in Green Bay this year and get that behind me. We haven’t set a date yet.”
Favre’s immediate schedule is pretty packed—his daughter is a prep volleyball player in Hattiesburg, Miss., and opens her season on Saturday and the proud pop plans to be at every game.
As far as the chilling of relations between the Packers and Favre, the three-time NFL Most Valuable Player said things could have gone another direction.
“[There were] things that you wish you would have done different, what ifs,” Favre said. “You can’t go back. That’s the one thing I finally said, ‘It is what it is. It’s over. It’s done with. You can’t change that. You can change today and the future.’
“I really don’t hold any regrets through my career. That goes from Day 1 until the end.”
He also accepts his role in the acrimonious parting between player and franchise when Favre tried to come back to the Packers in August 2008 after announcing his retirement five months earlier.
“The way things ended in Green Bay is very unfortunate,” Favre said. “We all can look back at something in our life … I share as much blame as anyone. It’s over and done with. We’re under way in getting a resolution here and it’s a good thing. We move on. We move past it.”
Favre did say he was back in Wisconsin in 2012, but that he went unrecognized.
“I came back to hunt two years ago, the first year after I retired,” Favre said. “My brother-in-law and his father, we drove up to Wisconsin. A good friend of mine … has a place in Clintonville. He’s got a little camphouse at Shawano Lake. We stayed there eight days and no one knew I was in town at all.”
Maybe it was the beard.
You can hear the whole interview here: