Congratulations, Brett. You took it to Green Bay twice this year.
As I was watching my Packers take on the Vikings for the second time this year, I felt many of the same emotions the second time as I did the first.
Frustration that the Packers offensive line looked the way it did.
Shock as defensive coordinator Dom Capers only rushed three (and sometimes two) defenders, when any quarterback, let alone Favre, would tear that apart.
But as both games came to a close, I also felt a sense of relief. Because with each game, I truly believe it was another step towards a Favre-Packers reconciliation.
Ted Thompson doesn't care that Favre beat him twice. Thompson knew he could play. But he also knew he had a very good young quarterback in the final year of his contract. Hence the divorce, which was purely a football and business move on the Packers part that Favre took personally.
Favre had every right to take it personally. You can't tell someone how to feel. When he went to the Vikings, all of us Packer fans were told by him that it was just business, and we should all understand that. But that's the exact opposite of what he did.
Some fans took that personally, as they had every right to.
But now with two wins under his belt, maybe Favre can bury the hatchet with the Packers. Maybe the hate for Ted Thompson will go away now that he has "proved him wrong."
Before the start of the season, I predicted that either the Pack or Vikings would win both regular season games, only to be beaten by the other in the playoffs. If that prediction comes to fruition, then maybe all of the hate will come storming back.
I saluted Favre with a round of applause in my living room before the game today. During the game, I treated him like he was the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. After the game, I gave him one more salute.
Brett, you were, are, and always will be a huge part of Green Bay, regardless of what you do in Minnesota. I hope you can put everything behind you, and be a willing part of the Packer family.
And, hopefully (based on my prediction), we won't see you a third time this season.