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Brett Favre, Packers reunion nearly occurred in 2013

The once cold relationship between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers has been gradually thawing over the past year.

Favre has conceded that he was at fault for the "bad blood" that developed in the aftermath of his falling out with the organization.

Aaron Rodgers has called on the Packers to retire Favre's number and welcome the Lambeau Field legend back into the fold.

Packers president Mark Murphy revealed Tuesday morning, via ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky, that a reunion was in the works last season, only to be postponed by Favre's commitment to Oak Grove High School's football program.

"We wanted to have him come back to a game last year," Murphy explained, "and his team kept winning and winning, so it kind of made it tough to find a time where it worked."

Favre is now in regular contact with the team's decision-makers.

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"I think relations are good," Murphy added. "We're hopeful to have him come back soon."

The reunion ceremony will be one of the most meaningful in recent NFL history as a sign that Favre and general manager Ted Thompson have buried the hatchet.

An aging but still effective Favre wanted to keep playing football. Thompson was ready to turn the team over to future MVP and Super Bowl champion Rodgers. Both positions are eminently understandable.

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