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Fans pressuring Packers to reinstate Favre

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Associated Press Writer

Brett Favre's fans came to his defense Sunday, rallying outside Lambeau Field to pressure the Green Bay Packers to reinstate him as the starting quarterback.

The crowd of more than 100 chanted "We want Brett," and carried signs reading, "Favre for President" or "Favre Forever." Many in the parking lot wore No. 4 jerseys, tossed footballs and grilled.

"We've always appreciated the passion of our fans," the Packers said in a statement. Team spokesman Jeff Blumb said there would be no other comment.

The rally in Green Bay, Wis., was the brainchild of brothers Adam and Erick Rolfson, who on Friday tried to think of a way to keep Favre in Green Bay. Another rally is planned for Monday night in suburban Milwaukee and every Sunday thereafter at Lambeau Field until Favre is back.

The brothers also are demanding an emergency meeting of stockholders "to help control the fate of our quarterback," Erick Rolfson said.

A message left for Favre's agent, James "Bus" Cook, wasn't immediately returned Sunday.

Favre retired March 6 after 16 seasons with the team. He changed his mind and asked for his release because it appeared the Packers were not receptive to having him play again.

On Saturday, general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy said they didn't plan to grant Favre's request. And while Favre could rejoin the team, the Packers were committed to Aaron Rodgers as their starter.

"We wanted to create a forum for fans' voices to be heard," Adam Rolfson, 36, told The Associated Press by phone. "I don't understand how you deny somebody that threw for 4,000 yards (last season) a starting position. I can think of at least 25 teams in the NFL that would jump at the opportunity to have Brett Favre be their starting quarterback."

They had hoped Sunday's rally, only a day in the making, would have attracted more people.

The Packers said if Favre wanted to play for them, he had the chance when he told them a few weeks after his tearful goodbye news conference that he was having second thoughts. With Thompson and McCarthy preparing to fly to Mississippi and seal the deal on a comeback, all Favre had to do was say yes. He didn't.

"Ted always wanted Brett back," McCarthy said. "We always wanted Brett back."

In an interview with the AP on Saturday, Thompson called the situation "gut-wrenching."

"We understand where the fans are coming from," he said. "This is a hot-button issue that surpasses anything I've ever gone through."

The brothers, from the Milwaukee suburb of Pewaukee, started making random phone calls Saturday from the Green Bay white pages urging people to attend Sunday's rally and visit their Web site www.bringbackbrettfavre.com.

At the rally, they asked fans to vote on whether they wanted the team to make Favre the starter, whether Favre or Rodgers gives the Packers the best chance at the Super Bowl and whether Thompson should be fired if he trades or releases Favre.

The Web site is selling "Favre 08" shirts, bumper stickers and yard signs. Erick Rolfson, 32, plans to turn his Wauwatosa mortgage company into "Favre '08 Headquarters."

"Last time we checked," he said, "Green Bay is a publicly owned franchise and is owned by the people in the community and by the stockholders, not Ted Thompson."


AP Sports Writer Chris Jenkins contributed to this report.

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Wow, a whole hundred people turned out for the big rally, what a success. Sounds like two idiots with too much money and nothing sensible to do. At this point enough has come out publicly that blaming Thompson for this mess is shear stupidity. This mess is the result of some coward letting his mother and brother speak for him while he hides behind his fence, phony tears, and text messages. Obviously these two guys were busy promoting some mashed potato wrestling event when the '07 Packers played the Bears, Cowboys, and Giants.

-- Posted by Bubbaloo on Sun, Jul 13, 2008, at 10:09 PM

Favre felt pressured to make a decision earlier this year. When he decided to retire, he was just tired at the time. Now, he's well rested & wants to be welcomed back as the starting QB, for the Packers, & he should be. Aaron Rodgers is the one who can't even play a full game, without getting injured. Just how many games(not years), will he last? Brett has never been out of a full game. Not to mention, look at his stats last year. If he wants to play with Green Bay, the Packers should welcome him back with OPEN ARMS, instead of insulting him, by telling him HE has to be the back up QB, which is forcing him to do something where he'll be traded.I say, to hell with Ted Thompson & the Packers, if they're gonna go this to the best QB to ever grace football. Let him play for as many years as he wants. At least, he'll stay healthy & will be as great as ever.Ted needs to call Brett, apologize & tell him that we ALL want him back. Let them trade Aaron Rodgers. He can't hold a candle to Favre, even if he makes it a week without injuries or interceptions, which I doubt. I'm truly hoping the Packer organization have a huge change of heart, tell Brett he's WANTED back as the starting QB, trade Rodgers & find a backup QB for Favre, who won't be a huge diappointment, like Rodgers will end up being. I LOVE my Packers, but if they trade Favre, & keep making him feel unwanted, I'll follow whatever team Favre ends up playing for, & I know of many Packer fans that feel the same way. Also, if they anger enough fans, they'll follow Brett, & won't fill Lambeau Field. Then, how will they pay for any decent players? Ted needs to do what's right by the fans. We're the ones who keep their money coming in. If Favre was washed up, I would understand the Packers decision, but he's proven, he's still got it all.

-- Posted by Favresbiggestfan on Wed, Jul 16, 2008, at 3:48 PM

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