Favre and Rodgers Share a Stage, World Does Not End and More NFC North News

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 24: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers meets with Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings after the Packers defeated the Vikings 28-24 at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)
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You may have noticed that this weekend, Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre were on stage together at the NFL Honors awards show, shook hands, interacted and the world didn't end!

Take that, Mayans!

CheeseheadTV.com's Zach Kruse wondered if perhaps this is a step toward fixing that breach between one of Green Bay's biggest icons and the team.

It's certainly the opening, and after a Super Bowl win in 2010, several very good seasons under Rodgers and Mike McCarthy, and with Favre finally actually retired, perhaps there is enough distance.

There is definitely a ton of anger still directed toward Favre, something I understand as much as a non-Packers fan can. 

Yet at some point, it's silly to let what happened at the end of his career between him and the team erase what he did for the franchise when he played in Green Bay.

Favre is going to be in the Hall of Fame, and as Kruse suggests, likely as a first-ballot guy. And it's impossible to ignore what he meant to the Packers in his day—in fact, I'd go further and say it's silly to allow what happened in 2008 make you forget what came before.

Certainly there are hard feelings and perhaps there always will be. It's understandable (especially since he finished his career in Minnesota).

However, it's time to let go of the negative and remember the positive.

A staged handshake isn't the Paris Peace Conference or anything. But it's a step—and one that could lead to the resolution of a long-standing, somewhat petty, feud.

On to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

Would Devin Hester do better with a change of scenery? The Tribune's Vaughn McClure thinks so.

On the other hand, Hester's agent told Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times it's a little early to make any predictions about the receiver's future with the Bears.


Detroit Lions

Justin Rogers of MLive.com looks back at the preseason power rankings. 

According to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com, former Lions defensive tackle Curley Culp will become the 19th Lions player to enter Canton. Culp actually played most of his career with other teams—the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Oilers—spending just one year with the Lions, so will probably not go into the Hall as a Lion.


Green Bay Packers

After 40 years of waiting, former Green Bay linebacker Dave Robinson is going to Canton. Tom Silverstein of the Journal-Sentinel has more on the journey to the Hall of Fame.

AllGreenBayPackers.com's Jason Perone has graded out Clay Matthews' 2013 season.


Minnesota Vikings

The Star-Tribune's Mark Craig reports Cris Carter's feelings on being selected to the Hall of Fame.

Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN says that winning the NFL MVP award was just another example of how we should never doubt Adrian Peterson.


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