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NFL: What they’re saying about Favre trade

Associated Press
“I look at it, in my era, like Johnny Unitas going to San Diego or Joe Namath going to the Rams. It’s probably one of those things you wish didn’t happen, but this is the NFL and it does happen sometimes. You have a lot of guys you’d never picture playing in another uniform. But when you have that caliber of player and teams trying to win, and players so competitive, they think they want to keep on playing, they’re going to do it.” ó Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy.

“It might be the death of a franchise. This is like Buddy Holly. The day the music died.” ó Fan Walt Fontain, standing outside Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

“I’ll be taking advice from him. Trust me, he doesn’t need any advice. I just want to get the opportunity to meet him, shake his hand.” ó New York Mets third baseman David Wright.

“Obviously, it probably makes them a better team. But that’s the only part that concerns me really. When that game comes, we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do to slow him down. But until then, I’m a fan of him. I’m happy for him. But when we’ve got to play them, it’s just different.” ó Buffalo Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel.

“I know the (Green Bay) fans are devastated. They’re very loyal fans and very true to the people who play there. I know that they’re feeling it.” ó Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lee Evans, who played college football at Wisconsin.

“In Green Bay, every single person ó kid, child, man, woman ó knew who he was, no matter where he went. In New York, you might find a couple people that might not recognize him. He might be able to slide through the radar a little better with the more people and crowds.” ó Carolina Panthers LB Na’il Diggs, who played in Green Bay with Favre from 2000-2005.

“There was no negotiation. There was never any substantive talk of what they would take. All of that was speculation. From the beginning, I think it was clear it was a bad situation in Green Bay and they had to deal with it any way they could.” ó Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen.

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