Packers To Reggie White: “No Thanks”
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?