MILWAUKEE (AP) — Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre says it’s unfortunate the way things ended in Green Bay six years ago, but that he’s proud of his 16 years with the Packers and has no regrets.
Favre, interviewed on WTMJ-AM on Friday, talked about his departure from Green Bay and recent efforts to soothe any sour feelings. The team has announced the three-time MVP quarterback will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and have his number retired during the 2015 season.
Favre said he has no regrets about his football career.
“And that goes from Day 1 to the end,” he said.
Fans know he played as hard as he could, Favre added.
“I laid it on the field every time,” he said.
Favre retired at a tearful news conference in March 2008, only to change his mind and decide later that year that he still wanted to play, setting up an awkward showdown between him and the team he helped resurrect and lead to a Super Bowl title.
He was traded to the New York Jets for what would end up being a third-round draft pick and after one year with the Jets, Favre retired a second time, only to join the rival Minnesota Vikings, for whom he played two seasons.
In 2010, the Packers beat Favre and the Vikings twice on their way to a Super Bowl title, led by Favre’s successor, Aaron Rodgers. Favre retired for good following the 2010 season, while Rodgers went on to win the NFL MVP award in 2011.
Favre said he has returned to Wisconsin since leaving Green Bay, coming back about two years ago to hunt with two friends in Clintonville, which is about 40 miles west of Green Bay. He said he hunted for eight days and wasn’t recognized when he visited a local laundry.
Favre said he won’t coach high school football near his home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, this year in order to watch his youngest daughter play volleyball at the school. And he expects to return to Green Bay with his wife, Deanna, before next season.
“I think you will see us more in Green Bay. The ice has been broken,” Favre said.