GREEN BAY, Wis. — “Oh, my God!”
That was what a 20-something-year-old woman, wearing a Packers jersey and hat as she watched her favorite team go through a walk-through practice this morning, yelled into her cell phone after hearing reports that Brett Favre was on his way to Minnesota to sign with the Vikings. News on the Favre development could be seen on television monitors throughout the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Most fans at practice reacted with only mild surprise. They seemed to know that this day would eventually come for the man who once quarterbacked their team. Although they already had been through a season of watching Favre play for the New York Jets, seeing him in the purple of the arch-rival Vikings is a different story.
“If he wants to play, so be it,” said Larry Leiterman, as he watched this morning’s workout. “But I’d rather see him retire as a Packer and not tarnish his reputation. It was hard watching him last year. He was breaking down (physically) at the end of the year, and he should have stayed retired.”
Jeremy Swanson, who watched practice wearing a No. 4 Favre Packers jersey, had mixed feelings.
“For me, I’ve always been a Packer fan, but I’ve grown up a Brett Favre fan,” Swanson said. “So as much as I’d love to see him in green and gold, I still respect him as a football player. Hopefully, he does well … and I hope that, when he comes to Lambeau, we can beat the Vikings.”
— Vic Carucci