“I think it’s great. It feels comfortable that we now have a plan and we’re going to do things a certain way,” the Packers general manager said on Wednesday.
“What he’s done for this place is remarkable. I was here in ’92 when Ron (Wolf) acquired Brett. We sort of grew up with the Packers. We’re happy all of that other stuff has been put aside and let’s go forward with the relationship.”
Thompson met with reporters in his weekly training camp press conference. He deferred comment on tackle Don Barclay’s knee injury to Coach Mike McCarthy and his post-practice press conference later in the day.
“Guys go down and other guys step up,” Thompson said.
Saturday marks the Packers’ preseason opener and Thompson will get his best look to date at his draft crop.
“Try to ascertain if the game is too big for them,” he said of what he’ll try to learn this Saturday. “Sometimes it will be in the first game but won’t be in the second game. Hopefully you make the right decisions at the end. It’s a very difficult process at the end. As you get closer, it gets harder. You can’t pull for a partricular player. It has to play itself out.”
Half jokingly, Thompson told reporters: “You guys are almost always wrong. If you were close, I’d give you credit. I’ve seen young guys read the newspaper and get all depressed. I feel bad for the guys that have to read that.
“They wrote that about me when I was with the Houston Oilers in 1975.”
Packers.com will provide a training camp look in from today’s practice, which was to begin at 11:45 a.m.
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GREEN BAY–A press conference at Lambeau Field on Monday made it official: Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and have his No. 4 jersey retired next summer.
The joint announcement was made by Perry Kidder, president of Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc., and Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, in an under-construction area that’ll become the new home of the Packers Hall of Fame. Favre’s induction will distinguish the re-opening of the Hall of Fame.
“Next year, in 2015, we will induct one of the Packers’ greatest players, Brett Favre, into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame,” Kidder said.
Murphy then announced Favre’s No. 4 will be retired at the Hall of Fame banquet next July. Favre’s name will appear on the north facade of Lambeau Field during a ceremony at a 2015 game to be determined.
“What stood out for me was the joy he had playing the game,” Murphy said of Favre.
“I want to congratulate Brett for these two, well-deserved honors,” former Packers president Bob Harlan said.
Harlan spoke of the bad times for the Packers that preceded Favre’s arrival in Green Bay. “In 1992, Ron Wolf, Mike Holmgren and Brett Favre came to Green Bay, and Packer pride was restored.”
“I’m speechless,” Favre said via an amplified telephone call. “It’s a dream come true. It is time to come back.”
The press conference was attended by Packers General Manager Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
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The Packers and Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. issued a media advisory at 7 p.m. on Sunday, relating to a joint announcement regarding former Packers quarterback Brett Favre: “The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. and the Green Bay Packers will make a joint announcement regarding former quarterback Brett Favre Monday, Aug. 4, at 1:30 p.m., in the new Hall of Fame under construction in the Lambeau Field Atrium.”
Packers.com will staff the event and provide a bulletin story when the announcement is made, followed later by a complete version of the press conference’s events. The event will also be streamed live on Packers.com.
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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.
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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During his press conference ending the second day of the draft, Packers GM Ted Thompson was asked to comment on the contract extension signed by QB Aaron Rodgers on Friday. Here’s what he said:
“Really glad it worked out. I think Aaron has proven himself to be a very fine quarterback, a very fine leader. As an extension of that, the Green Bay Packers and Packer fans have been very lucky to have Aaron Rodgers come in here and do the job he has, following a legend in Brett Favre, in the time that he spent from 1992 forward. To have those two guys as your two quarterbacks for that long a time is a remarkable thing, and it’s the record I think is a reflection of that.”
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The NFL Network’s 8 1/2 hours of pregame coverage begins at 8 a.m. CT from the Superdome in New Orleans. According to an NFL Network release, Favre will go on the air to discuss his thoughts on the 2012 NFL season, the San Francisco-Baltimore matchup and his life away from the field.
Favre’s lone Super Bowl triumph came at the Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 26, 1997, a 35-21 Packers victory over the New England Patriots.
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