Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is brought down by Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar after a short gain. (L.G. Patterson / Associated Press)
Milwaukee — Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre says it’s unfortunate the way things ended in Green Bay six years ago, but that he’s proud of his 16 years with the Packers and has no regrets.
Favre, interviewed on WTMJ-AM on Friday, talked about his departure from Green Bay and recent efforts to soothe any sour feelings. The team has announced the three-time MVP quarterback will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and have his number retired during the 2015 season.
Favre said he has no regrets about his football career.
“And that goes from Day 1 to the end,” he said.
Fans know he played as hard as he could, Favre added.
“I laid it on the field every time,” he said.
Favre retired at a tearful news conference in March 2008, only to change his mind and decide later that year that he still wanted to play, setting up an awkward showdown between him and the team he helped resurrect and lead to a Super Bowl title. He was traded to the Jets and after one year, Favre retired a second time, only to join the rival Vikings, for whom he played two seasons.
In 2010, the Packers beat Favre and the Vikings twice on their way to a Super Bowl title, led by Favre’s successor, Aaron Rodgers. Favre retired for good following the 2010 season, while Rodgers went on to win the NFL MVP award in 2011.
Favre said he has returned to Wisconsin since leaving Green Bay, coming back about two years ago to hunt with two friends in Clintonville, which is about 40 miles west of Green Bay. He said he hunted for eight days, and wasn’t recognized when he visited a local laundry.
Favre said he won’t coach high school football near his home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, this year in order to watch his youngest daughter play volleyball at the school. And he expects to return to Green Bay with his wife, Deanna, before next season.
“I think you will see us more in Green Bay. The ice has been broken,” Favre said.
The post office at the small college where the Steelers hold training camp has been swamped with mail since wide receiver Antonio Brown vowed on Facebook to autograph anything fans send him.
Brown (Central Michigan) posted the message on July 28 saying, “If I don’t get a chance to sign something for you at camp just send info to me.” He listed his dormitory room at St. Vincent College, the private, Catholic school where the Steelers have held training camp for more than 40 years, about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Now, Brown’s room is “full to the top with mail,” he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which first reported the promise.
Maria Schifano, assistant manager of the post office, said it’s still pouring in.
... A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 16 for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper on charges he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub.
Arizona, which has charged Sharper in a similar case, wants to extradite him there for trial. He’s also been investigated in Louisiana, Nevada and Florida. But in May authorities in Florida found insufficient evidence to pursue charges there.
He has pleaded not guilty in California, and he and his lawyers have denied the allegations in the other states.
Giants backup offensive lineman Eric Herman and Dolphins safety Reshad Jones have been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Herman said in a statement he tested positive for a stimulant. Jones said in a statement a supplement he took caused the positive test.
... The Colts are awaiting test results on four players who were injured in Thursday night’s 13-10 exhibition loss to the Jets.
Starting center Khaled Holmes left with an ankle injury, and rookie offensive lineman Ulrick John left with a lower leg injury. Defensive lineman Jeris Pendleton went down with a knee injury and linebacker Daniel Adongo injured his biceps.
(At) Jacksonville 16, Tampa Bay 10: Blake Bortles was solid in his preseason debut, throwing for 117 yards and leading a second-half drive for a field goal to help the Jaguars beat the Buccaneers in their debut under coach Lovie Smith.
Buffalo 20, (at) Carolina 18: Anthony Dixon ran for a touchdown, Dan Carpenter had a pair of field goals. EJ Manuel completed 9 of 13 passes for 96 yards but the Bills struggled to cash in on scoring opportunities for the second straight game.
New Orleans 26, (at) St. Louis 24: Mark Ingram had eight carries for 83 yards and a 22-yard touchdown in the first half and New Orleans won its exhibition opener without Drew Brees. Sam Bradford didn’t play either, held out by the Rams as a precaution coming off knee surgery. Former Lion Shaun Hill got the start for St. Louis and threw two touchdown passes in the first half. Luke McCown started in place of Brees, limited by a left oblique injury the past week.
(At) Atlanta 16, Miami 10: Dophins’ Ryan Tannehill and Falcons’ Matt Ryan produced touchdowns on their only possessions, Sean Renfree led two field-goal drives in the second half and Atlanta held off Miami in the exhibition opener for both teams.
(At) Chicago 34, Philadelphia 28: Jay Cutler, Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen threw touchdown passes and the beat Eagles in their preseason opener. The Bears rattled Nick Foles in the early going, intercepting two passes, even though they were missing Jared Allen. The five-time Pro Bowl defensive end and prized free-agent acquisition missed practices this week with his wife giving birth to a girl.
(At) Minnesota 10, Oakland 6: Matt Cassel led a crisp touchdown drive with the Vikings’ first-team offense, and Minnesota broke in its temporary new home stadium by beating Oakland in its exhibition opener.
On Thursday night
Tom Brady watched his backups get plenty of playing time in the Patriots exhibition opener Thursday night.
The conclusion was clear: Brady better stay healthy.
Ryan Mallett struggled in a 23-6 loss to Washington. Jimmy Garoppolo had some impressive throws, but is a rookie second-round draft choice and has a lot to learn.
“Particularly with young players, just because they make a mistake, doesn’t necessarily mean that those mistakes will continue and are always going to be there,” coach Bill Belichick said Friday.
... The Seahawks’ exhibition opener against the Broncos devolved into a game of flag football.
There were 25 penalties in the rematch of last season’s Super Bowl, won by the Broncos, 21-16.
“There was one hands-to-the-face penalty, which is a new emphasis. There were no offensive PI (pass interference) penalties called, which is a new emphasis,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
“It was just on our end of it, just pretty sloppy play.”