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Packers say no to Favre release; say he's welcome back, but Rodgers No. 1

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He retired. He said he wasn't ready to commit to playing even though he was having second thoughts.

Same story a few weeks ago.

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Then, the Packers say, Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre called last Tuesday and told the team to send him his helmet or send him his release.

The annual back-and-forth for Favre has him wanting to play now. The Packers say they won't release him for fear he'd show up on an NFC Central rival's lineup.

Trading is a possibility, though the Pack says no one has called about No. 4 yet.

Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy says the team has always wanted its legendary star to return.

However, there's one catch -- Aaron Rodgers is the starting quarterback and the Packers won't guarantee Favre a position.

Over the weekend, Packers' General Ganager Ted Thompson said he'll turn down Favre's request to be released so he could sign with another team.

Thompson said Favre would be welcomed back to training camp in two weeks, but not as the starter. He says Aaron Rodgers remains the No. 1 quarterback after Favre retired in March.

Favre rally

About 100 Brett Favre-backers rallied at Lambeau Field Sunday to urge the Green Bay Packers to bring him back as their starting quarterback.

Mortgage brokers Adam and Erick Rolfson of suburban Milwaukee announced the rally on Saturday. They plan to hold another such event tonight (Monday) in Wauwatosa and every Sunday at Lambeau until Favre returns.

Sunday's crowd grilled, tossed football, chanted "We Want Brett," and carried signs reading "Favre Forever."

All the Packers would say officially is that they appreciate the passion of their fans.

The Rolfsons also started a Web site called BringBackBrettFavre.com. It went on-line Saturday night and by Sunday afternoon it had almost 7,000 hits.

The brothers also want an emergency meeting of the Packer stockholders to decide whether Favre should be welcomed back.

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