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Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy Releases Statement on Favre


Packers President Mark Murphy has released a statement on the return of Brett Favre:

Sixteen years after Brett Favre came to the Packers, he is returning for a seventeenth season. He has had a great career with our organization and although we built this year around the assumption that Brett meant what he said about retiring, Brett is coming back. We will welcome him back and turn this situation to our advantage.

Frankly, Brett’s change of mind put us in a very difficult spot. We now will revise many actions and assumptions about our long-term future, all predicated on Brett’s decision last March to retire. As a result of his decision, we invested considerably in a new and different future without Brett and we were obviously moving in that direction. That’s why this wasn’t easy. Having crossed the Rubicon once when Brett decided to retire, it’s very difficult to reorient our plans and cross it again in the opposite direction – but we’ll put this to our advantage.

Brett will be in camp tomorrow. Although there has been uncertainty regarding Brett’s return, Ted Thompson and Coach McCarthy had previously discussed this and have had a plan in place. Coach McCarthy will talk to the team and the quarterbacks about the plan moving forward, and after he has done that we will share it publicly.

No matter what, I look forward to another successful season for the Packers and our fans. This has been a tough situation, but the Packers will make the most of it.

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One Response to “Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy Releases Statement on Favre”

  1. James F. Miller says:

    Mark, I watched you as a player and want you to draw on your reputation and courage to do the right thing. Brett Farve is as much a part of WI as Bucky, Bart, and all the other icons we hold dear. I see a player who has gone through all of the doubts and uncertainty anyone who is at the top of his profession goes through. When did you know you were done? After 16 years, not missing a game? Brett is a player and he wants to play. Business, you have an obligation to put the best chance for winning on the field. That is Brett. Please use your position to mend the fences. You are the boss. Do the right thing. Aaron is a competitor, he will compete. And he will deal with the consequences whichever way it goes. Don’t sell him short. Ted Thompson’s ego is hurt. He shouldn’t be making the decisions. You should. He is too close to the situation. I understand he spent two draft picks on rookie QB’s. He will look worse if anything happens to Aaron and the Packers can’t compete. Again, please do the right thing. Be the bigger man. I will pray for you and all involved.

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