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Ryan Longwell believes Packers and Brett Favre will reunite ‘soon’

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 13, 2013 – 11:28 am

A longtime friend of former Packers QB Brett Favre, former K Ryan Longwell believes the much-talked-about reconciliation between Favre and the Packers will happen soon.

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Longwell retired as a Packer on Tuesday and spoke with reporters. He said he had talked with Favre earlier in the morning and said Favre was “excited” for him to go out this way. He didn’t say if the two specifically talked about a Favre-Packers reunion, but he seemed to confirm that all prior reports about things heading in that direction were true.

“I feel like it will happen soon,” Longwell said. “I feel like everybody is in a good place about it.

“Time heals everything. His desire is to be here. When it happens, it will be the right time, but I don’t know when that is.”

Longwell, of course, went through his own divorce from the Packers after nine seasons (1997-2005), during which he set the franchise’s all-time scoring record and became the team’s all-time leader in field-goal accuracy.

He then spent six seasons (2006-11) in Minnesota, and immediately upon heading to Minneapolis drew the ire of Packers fans for his infamous “Applebee’s” comment regarding restaurant choices in Green Bay, which he claimed was a self-deprecating joke because he and his wife ate at Applebee’s all the time, though he understands how it was misconstrued and regretted ever saying it.

His career ended last season with a one-week playoff stint with Seattle, which he called the “perfect ending,” having been born in Seattle and grown up a Seahawks fan. He also flashed back to the beginning of his career, when he was “disappointed” the Packers claimed him off waivers from the 49ers in ’97 because he wasn’t sure if he’d make it on the roster of the defending Super Bowl champions.

But he did make it, and he recalled his first official professional field goal against the Bears, a 38-yarder on the Monday night season opener. He also recalled his last-second, chip-shot miss the following week on a wet Veterans Stadium turf in Philadelphia that cost the Packers a 10-9 decision, a kick that in hindsight probably changed his career.

“It plays in slow motion in my mind,” he said. “I’ll never forget it.”

He said that miss taught him that every kick needs to be treated with the same value and preceded by the same routine. He had made all six of his field goals in the preseason, plus three against the Bears and three in the Eagles game, and a 12-for-12 start made him think it was “easy,” even when Favre came to the sideline prior to the final moments in Philly and warned him that the rain was starting to make things slippery out on the field.

“I’d like to think I would have learned that lesson had I made it, but I don’t know if I would have,” said Longwell, who confessed to slipping just a bit on the miss. “That slip might have bought me 15 more years in the NFL.”

With his wife and two children in attendance in the Packers media auditorium, Longwell thanked a host of folks for the role they played in his career, particularly former GM Ron Wolf.

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be standing here,” Longwell said. “The guy took a chance to help out a buddy, who happened to be my agent, and lo and behold, I got the job.”

He’s watching interestedly to see who wins the Packers kicking job this season. He has kept in touch with Mason Crosby over the years and believes he’s a “tremendous talent” whose statistics are skewed by the number of long field goals he has attempted. He also said Giorgio Tavecchio, who like Longwell is from Cal, has a “refreshing mindset” the way he approaches the game.

“It will all work out the way it’s supposed to work out,” Longwell said.

That seems to be his take on the whole Favre thing, too.

“Everything will be made right when the time is right,” he said.

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38 Responses to “Ryan Longwell believes Packers and Brett Favre will reunite ‘soon’”

  1. By Tarlam on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    I wonder if he as his charming wife will be dining at Applebee’s.

  2. By Linda on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Wish the Packers would “just say no” to Longwell’s quest to retire as a wearer of the Green and Gold.

  3. By Tyler on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Why are you guys so bitter. He was a great Packer.

  4. By aa1829 on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Tell Longjohn to go back to the vikqueens, he isn’t wanted here anymore.

  5. By smoken joe on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    I also wish the Packers would have said no to longwell.

    Every year he was at Minnasota he slammed Packer fans and the the people of Green Bay. This is the same guy that said Packer fans are a bunch of beer drinking cheese eating, fat morons that need to lay off the dairy products. Longwell forgot who gave him his start.

  6. By Dan on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Why are you guys so bitter?, that’s not what a real fan does.

  7. By Moses on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    @ Linda, did you read the article? He already retired a Packer. Why are you hating on a guy who is looking for a paycheck? It’s rough out there for kickers

  8. By Bob on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Man, some of you guys are nuts.This guy can plain kick.I don’t give a s*** whether was a Viking or not.You get a chance at this kind of kicker, you’d better get him.

  9. By jj on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    You should have to retire from the team that signed your last check. I don’t get to go back to one of my old jobs for a day and retire from there because I liked it better or it was more successful.

  10. By dave on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    he might of been good at the time but i got to agree with smoken joe,,i wonder if hes slamming the vikings now like he did the packers

  11. By Patrick Earley on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Good by Ryan longwell, you will be sadly missed. As a long time packer fan you will be missed. Good luck to you and your family.

  12. By dave on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    if farve or long well got a superbowl in minnesota they would retire there

  13. By Brewminator on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    @jj, So Reggie White should have retired as a Carolina Panther, and Woodson must retire as a Raider? (And so on.) What a bunch of haters…
    @ Smokin Joe.. We are a bunch of beer drinkin’ cheese eatin’fat morons! I’ve accepted it as a badge of honor.
    Jeeze guys, come on. You gonna hate every player and coach that goes somewhere else? What about Holmgren? If he hadn’t left, we wouldn’t have got McCarthy… If Farve hadn’t left, Rogers would have moved on. Get over it.

  14. By Curt on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    This just smooth’s the way for Favre.

  15. By goldplater on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    so they accomplished a lot in not getting one for the viqueens ;-)

  16. By Rick on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    What a bunch of babies.

  17. By Sam on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    So, Lombardi and Laumbeau shouldn’t be in the HOF as Packers since they ended their careers with Washington? Should we hate them too? Taylor and Hornung ended their careers as Saints. Hornung didn’t play for them because he failed the physical but his last camp was sith them. Longwell was a good clutch kicker for the Packers. We are retiring football players, not electing a Pope.

  18. By daryl on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    All I can say is’GO PACK GO!!!

  19. By daryl on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply


  20. By True Packer Fan on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Boy dare shure iz sum smart peeples postin comments here. Don’t day teech no grammer up dare in Wisscunsin?!?

    Really, give it a rest and celebrate everything these guys did to help Green Bay while they were in Green Bay. They contributed a lot more than the whole bunch of us.

  21. By Canadianj Bill on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Right on true packer

  22. By gpb1966 on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks for everything you did as a Packer Ryan, but you should have retired elsewhere. No it’s not every player that goes somewhere else. It’s players that go to the purple team that we are all hating. You butt kissers have your opinion, and we who hate the Queens have ours. When I am done with something and throw it in the Minnesota, I don’t go back and dig it out.

  23. By Jeff on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Dave nailed it! “if favre or longwell got a superbowl in minnesota they would retired there”. If you continue your career after leaving the Packers and sign up with a division rival then good riddance! The Vikqueens seem to be getting all of our has-beens! If you want to continue your career after leaving the Packers then go to the AFC or a non division rival team. When you go to a division rival team you are putting a stick in our eye! That goes for you too Jennings! Retire in Minnesota and see how history treats you! Bye bye!

  24. By Brewminator on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    So when Favre is inducted into the Hall of Fame, you want him to listed as a Viking? What a bunch of morons. No wonder they talk smack about Packer fans when they leave.

  25. By NATE on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    WOW!!! I didn’t realize my team was riddled with so many 6-10 year old CHILDREN…. Get over it!! You people act like these guys shared a twin bed with you during their time in GB. The only thing the Vikings have going for them is that they offer our seasoned vets a big paycheck. It’s a business decision. I’m sure if the Packers were INSANELY irresponsible we could afford to keep players around that have 2-4 decent years left in them, but that’s not the way it works….and we all say things about our ex that we regret (esp. an ex we still love). GROW UP!!!

  26. By Gsmiff on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    I must say that I hated the comments Longwell made about the Packers when he was with Minnesota, but at the end of the day he was a great kicker when he was with the Packers. As Packers fans I know it bothers us to see some of our beloved players switch to the other side but that’s just the nature of the business of the NFL. I personally dislike the Vikings more than any team in football but with that being said we as fans can’t control how they go about getting players. When you think about it what has Minnesota gained by getting our former players? Nothing, because the last time I checked the trophy case was still empty and full of dust.”Go Pack Go” man…….

  27. By PaulinLM on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    Haters are going to hate, and that is too bad. Those tyes of so-called fans are really not needed and do NOT represent the True Packers Fandom. Best thing to do is Ignore Haters. I say this is good and right, as will be the Return of Brett and the retiring of his #4. I say, Well done Ryan!

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  29. By Cris on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    If I recall Lombardi didn’t finish his career in Green Bay either, does that mean he shouldn’t be recognized as a Packer? Longwell was great, Go Pack Go!

  30. By DJ on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    :::::: GO PACK GO :::::::

  31. By drom9090 on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    y’all know.. or should know.. A player leaving a team isn’t entirely a ONE way decision. Longwell didn’t stay because one reason or several, the Packers didn’t give Longwell what he needed TO stay. The BIG decision was a lot of little decisions on BOTH sides.

  32. By drom9090 on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    I will always proud to point out the Former Packers playing elsewhere in the ‘twilight’ of their careers. And happy to welcome them back to their true colors when they’re ready — Green and Gold.

    That will even go for Favre — whom I’ve already forgiven for half the games he lost on idiotic interceptions and careless fumbles.

  33. By christopher boyer on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    Perhaps we should remember the parable of the prodigal son. It’s always tough to lose players we love to another team, especially when they are still performing at a high level. But if they hope and ask to return to the fold, welcome them as ye would a “prodigal son.”

  34. By chris kox on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    A thoughtful and articulate fellow, we’re glad to have you back in the family. Thanks.

  35. By Doug on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    If i remember right wasnt their rummors that holmgrim kicked longwell off team because he was getting down and dirty with his daughter ??? i think i remember something like that so it really wasnt his choise to leave

  36. By rjorgPACK on Aug 15, 2013 | Reply

    Love it. Longwell retires as Packer, not Viking. Guess he was brainwashed too!

  37. By bigDaddy on Aug 17, 2013 | Reply

    judge, then thee, be judged.
    If Ryan wants to retire a Packer why wouldn’t we applaud that?
    I never have heard Brett acknowledge that anything he did was wrong, so based on that, in order to receive forgiveness, you must ask for it!

  38. By ramona on Aug 18, 2013 | Reply

    Considered Farve a historical quarterback with history as a Packer. Would go with the majority of fans to say it would be great if he joined forces once again* :D

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