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Packers pass on questions about Favre

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. — New Green Bay safety Anthony Smith wasn’t around for the distractions caused by last season’s Brett Favre unretirement saga. But should Favre follow through on his flirtation to come back with division rival Minnesota, Smith would relish the chance to face him on the field.

"I would, only because he’s one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game," said Smith, a free agent pickup who played for Pittsburgh last season. "To get a chance to play against him would be a great honor."

Of course, it’d be an even bigger honor to pick off one of Favre’s passes.

"Get one off the best!" Smith said. "Maybe I’ll have him sign it or something."

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Smith’s wishes aside, just about the last thing anybody at Lambeau Field wants is to get dragged into more Favre-related drama.

Ultimately, they might not have a choice.

But until Favre actually puts on the purple uniform of the Packers’ NFC North rivals, players, coaches and executives are doing their best to punt away any questions about him.

Their stock answer on the subject of Favre’s future is simple: If he wants to play, he should.

"If Brett wants to play, then he should play," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "That’s kind of all I have to say about that.

"Other than that, he’s one player on one team that we play twice a year."

If the Packers are privately disappointed, annoyed or angry about having to deal with the latest fallout from their former star’s complicated relationship with the concept of retirement they aren’t saying so.

"I’m not going to speculate on things that haven’t happened yet," Rodgers said. "So when that happens, then I’ll give you a good answer."

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