Ted Thompson

Take me back, Brett! I love you! Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson — the guy who ultimately decided to end Brett Favre’s reign in Green Bay — says he wants Brett to be part of the family again.

Thompson traded Favre to the New York Jets in 2008 after Favre unretired following a 16-year career with the Packers. Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy had made the decision to turn the team over to Aaron Rodgers earlier that offseason and didn’t waver when Favre decided to return. When Favre decided he would not to go quietly into the night, his relationship with Thompson became acrimonious.

Since then, the Packers — most notably president Mark Murphy and Rodgers — have been working to repair the relationship between the organization and Favre. Murphy says the Packers will retire Favre’s number before he enters the Hall of Fame in 2016.

And Thompson says he thinks that’s swell.

“The man played for a very long time here and he was a marvelous, marvelous football player,” Thompson said of Favre. “A good person in the community, he and his wife. I think he means a lot to the Packers for Brett Favre to be remembered in a good light and I have no objections at all. I’m thrilled.”

It’s been suggested that Thompson’s presence in Green Bay could be a roadblock to Favre’s return. Thompson doesn’t agree.

“I don’t think so,” said Thompson. “When you’re talking about the Packers and Brett Favre and then you talk about me, I’m way down the list, as I should be.”

We doubt these guys are going to go out for a beer when Favre comes back and we’re looking forward to seeing that awkward handshake between two guys that probably still hate each other.

And besides that, if anything should be a roadblock to Favre’s return, it should be because he played for the scumbag Minnesota Vikings.