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Packers To Reggie White: “No Thanks”

July 6, 2010
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I was just about to shut the laptop and get a few things done around the house when a tweet from Aaron Nagler catches my eye:

What a nugget from @adbrandt today: Reggie White tried to come back to the Pack first and the Packers said ‘no thanks’

Wow. What’s even more intriguing is the fact that Brandt nonchalantly slipped this tidbit into an article about NFL free agency:

White changed the image of the [Packers] franchise with his decision [to come to Green Bay]. I remember that he retired on the day I started in Green Bay, February 17, 1999, but later unretired and inquired about returning to the team. In a scenario that was to play out again with Brett Favre, the Packers denied his request to rejoin the team, although White was allowed to go to chosen second choice, the Carolina Panthers.

Andrew Brandt is a former vice president of the Green Bay Packers (1999-2008) and is currently the president of the National Football Post. Since Brandt was a Green Bay insider, one has to assume his information is correct. Yet, how does Brandt (and others) sit on this information for over a decade?

This seems like the kind of news that would certainly drive page views at his new venture, and therefore be given the space and length of an entire article, at least. The only explanation I can come up with is Brandt didn’t want to hurt the image of the Packers in any way (and maybe still doesn’t). Once a Packer, always a Packer, right? That’s the only answer I can come up with, but maybe I’m missing something here. Aaron Nagler of CheeseheadTV suggests that “we lived in a different age then” and this sort of information is handled differently now.

Anybody have any ideas as to why we are just learning about Reggie White’s desire to return to the Packers?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Dad permalink
    July 6, 2010 8:10 pm

    As I remember , as soon as Reggie announced his retirement,the Packers (Ron Wolf) began planning to retire uniform #92 at a Lambeau ceremony early in the upcoming season ( much like the Favre situation). I believe Wolf took him at his word and was thrilled to get the cap space that Reggie’s retirement brought. I don’t remember it being any secret that Reggie was having 2nd thoughts. Wolf, like TT, had a plan and the train only went forward.

  2. Jacob permalink
    July 7, 2010 11:18 am

    I want to comment saying something smart but all i can say is Why didn’t let him stay a packer. That 2000 season went 9-7 third in the Conference when it probably could have gone 12-4 or higher with White because some game changing plays he could have made.

    • July 7, 2010 12:41 pm

      It would have been nice to have Reggie for that 2000 season, but sometimes the business side of the NFL rears its ugly head and takes charge. It’s an unfortunate end for many players, not to mention the fans that support them.

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