Two of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of one of the NFL's most storied franchises took the stage at Saturday night's "NFL Honors" ceremony to present Peyton Manning with the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
The two quipped about great players making comebacks, with Favre saying that "everyone loves it when a great player comes back." Rodgers fired back, "Not really. Sometimes people like it when great players just stay retired."
Most awkward handshake ever: twitter.com/IanKenyonNFL/s…— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) February 3, 2013
A somewhat awkward-looking handshake ensued, followed by applause.
The appearance would seem to put to rest a feud (publicly, at least) that has existed for several years, ever since Rodgers' ascension to the starting role in Titletown led to Favre's departure from the Packers.
That departure reached the level of treason in the eyes of many cheeseheads when Favre joined the Minnesota Vikings in 2009 and led them to the NFC Championship Game.
It may not have gone so far as actual animosity, but as CBS Sports reported in 2011, when Favre was asked about Rodgers' success in Green Bay, his response appeared to indicate that Christmas cards weren't being exchanged between the two:
He just kind of fell into a good situation. On top of that, he’s a good player. I don’t think there’s any pressure on him now, the talent around him is even better than when I was there. So I’m really kind of surprised it took him so long. In the early part of last year season, it hadn’t quite clicked yet and I didn’t know it would. I just kind of figured when they hit their stride, they’re going to be hard to beat. And that’s what happened.
That was either a backhanded compliment or an insult, depending on how you look at it.
With that said, the hatchet appears to have been buried (once again, publicly at least) and to no one's surprise, the duo's appearance generated quite a bit of buzz on Twitter.
Just turned #NFLHonors back on in time to see Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers presentation. Laughed out loud when Rodgers said "that was awkward."— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) February 3, 2013
When Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning were on stage together, nobody was thinking read option.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) February 3, 2013
No way.. Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers together publicly. Mind blown. It made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.— Brett (@BrettK8) February 3, 2013
It may be that Favre is attempting to mend fences ahead of his Hall of Fame eligibility, as well as the possibility that he could one day be inducted into the Packers' Ring of Honor.
Or it could be that the two men simply decided to put aside their differences, which were probably borne more of both being fierce competitors than any genuine dislike for one another.
Whatever the reason, it was good to see the signal-callers on stage together, and it would seem to be a sign that it's time for Green Bay fans to stop raging about Favre's time in the Twin Cities and instead remember him as the player who took the Packers to the promised land, just as Rodgers did.