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Hornung: Packer victory helps Favre

Super Bowl win will ease hurt of QB’s exit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Paul Hornung believes Brett Favre will one day be welcomed back with open arms by the Green Bay faithful. The Hall of Famer just thinks it will take time.

Having the Packers win a Super Bowl with another quarterback while Favre limps into retirement – perhaps for real this time – would help speed up the healing process.

“Then everybody will be over it,” Hornung said with a laugh.

The former Green Bay star says Favre’s departure from the team three seasons ago was difficult for all involved, but added those days seem like a distant memory now that the Packers are soaring under budding superstar Aaron Rodgers.

“He’s getting better every game and he’s the best quarterback in the league right now,” Hornung said.

Rodgers gets a chance to prove it on the game’s biggest stage when he leads Green Bay into the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 6.

The 75-year-old Hornung is picking his old team – naturally – to beat the Steelers by a field goal and thinks this could be the start of a dynasty similar to the one he helped the team build in the 1960s, when coach Vince Lombardi led Green Bay to five NFL titles and victories in the first two Super Bowls.