NFC North: Emitt Thomas
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Here at Green Bay Packers training camp, coaches and players alike are hoping they are nearing the end of the Brett Favre saga.
"Everyone wants this resolved," coach Mike McCarthy said Friday after morning practice.
So does the NFL -- and soon.
This weekend, six former players -- Fred Dean, Darrell Green, Art Monk, Emmitt Thomas, Andre Tippett and Gary Zimmerman -- will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Although training camps have been open for two weeks in some cases, the Hall of Fame festivities represent the ceremonial opening to the NFL year. The league celebrates each man's contribution to the game and then kicks off the preseason with the annual Hall of Fame game.
No one wants an ugly modern-day dispute overshadowing one of the NFL's most revered traditions. That's why Favre is under a bit of pressure either to accept the Packers' offer to remain retired, thereby lifting the story from national headlines, or table the issue until after this weekend's ceremonies.
Commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to act on Favre's reinstatement request, apparently hoping Favre and the Packers would resolve the problem on their own. But even if no resolution occurs Friday, there are some who hope Goodell will continue to delay.
Either way, the NFL's goal is to have all eyes on Canton this weekend.