“He kind of poked fun at Green Bay and Minnesota being in the same locker together,” Favre said. “But there’s no doubt how I will be remembered, and that’s as a Packer, as it should be. I wouldn’t trade my 16 years in Green Bay for anything.”
Even the New York Jets got a mention on Friday. Favre played one season for the Jets after the Packers traded him in 2008. A promising start to the season ended in disappointment and injury; Favre struggled through a torn biceps in his throwing arm.
“Well, I threw six touchdowns in one game, and Yippee,” Favre said with a laugh. “But it’s the only time I ever did it. I’ll say, and I’m [no] excuse guy, but before I tore my biceps, I was playing pretty good and we were 9-3, I think, and not hitting on all cylinders, and I thought there was tremendous [upside]. Our last good game was against New England on a Thursday night, and it went downhill from there as my biceps got worse and ultimately ended up in surgery. I would have liked to have seen how it have ended up if I had not had a torn bicep.”
Favre said he’s now at peace with how his career ended and his renewed relationship with the Packers. He said there are no longer any scars with the Packers, who inducted him into their hall of fame and retired his No. 4 last year.
“I feel like they’re 100 percent healed,” he said.
Favre said he doesn’t miss the game, even though he admitted it’s hard to find anything that compares to the competitive drive of playing in the NFL.
“I retired three times; you’d think I’d be an expert, which I was at that part,” Favre said. “But I never really got away. It didn’t last long. I really never knew what it would be like when I was not out there.
“You can’t cut grass and get the same feeling as throwing a touchdown pass to Sterling Sharpe, but the good news is, when the first regular-season game was underway the following year after I retired, I didn’t feel like I needed to be there.”
CINCINNATI — Believe it or not, Vontaze Burfict’s first day of a new football season is a lot like your kids’ first day of school: full of nerves, butterflies and excitement.
“The first day out here I had the little jitterbugs,” the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker said late Thursday. “[But] I felt good and my injury feels good. Everyone else had three days ahead of me with pads and everything, so the first day I put pads on I felt a little heavy. But you just have to get used to it.”
Burfict was back in the Bengals’ practice lineup after missing the start of training camp with an undisclosed injury that landed him on Cincinnati’s active/non-football injury list just before camp started. He came off that list early Thursday.
Last month, coach Marvin Lewis said he has no plans to play Burfict in preseason games. Much of the coach’s reasoning stems from the fact that he believes he knows what Burfict can do on the field, and he also wants to keep Burfict as healthy as possible ahead of his looming three-game suspension.
Burfict will miss the first three games of the season due to his sometimes overly aggressive playing style. A hit to the head of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in the Bengals’ playoff loss to Pittsburgh in January was the tipping point for the league.
Lewis reiterated Thursday his desire to hold Burfict’s contact to a minimum.
“I’m not looking for anything special out of Vontaze,” Lewis said. “Just go out and practice and do his job. This is not an eye-opening day for Vontaze Burfict, so nothing special out of him. Just stay healthy.”