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Mirror, mirror on the wall...who's the greatest Packers player of them all? Ron Wolf says its...

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...wait for it.  Wait for it!

Brett Favre.

The former GM tells the Green Bay Press Gazette that Favre's replacement, Aaron Rodgers, is currently the best in the league but that he has a ways to go to catch up with #4.

Wolf, of course, is the one who traded for Favre in 1992 after the Southern Miss QB almost drank himself out of Atlanta.  Don Majkowski's injury effectively ended Majik's Green Bay career as Favre seized upon the opportunity, becoming a lving example of the virtues of on-the-job-training.

Our station's in-house Packers historian, Jay Sorgi, tells me the NFL Network recently named legendary wide receiver Don Hutson the greatest ever to don the green and gold.   

It's a great barroom conversation starter, especially when you boil the discussion down to what the definition of "greatest" is.  Is it strictly numbers?   How about reputation, on and off the field?   What about the inevitable dismount, when franchise and player go their seperate ways?  

Favre certainly has the numbers.   The other stuff?   We remember all to well.   Then again, Curly Lambeau left Green Bay in a huge, controversial snit and the franchise still ended up naming the stadium after him.

And so it will be with Favre.   Another great tavern chatter-matter is if/when the team should retire Favre's number four.   It will certainly happen, but probably not today or tomorrow.  Personally, I don't think it'll occur as long as Ted Thompson is GM.   Time heals all wounds, but even the most ardent Favre fans will admit that the one #4 carved into the team's history is still pretty raw.

 

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