Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 5/23/13

Aaron Rodgers has learned to forgive and forget. Now he's hoping the Green Bay Packers and its diehard fans can do the same.

In a radio interview with "The Jim Rome Show" Wednesday, the Packers' All-Everything quarterback said it's time for the "healing process to begin" between the organization and Brett Favre, whose number, he hopes, can soon be retired.

"It's been too long," Rodgers said, via ESPN.com. "You know, our country and the state of Wisconsin, these people are a people of second and third and fourth chances. I think it's time to let the healing process begin for those who are still upset for what went down."

Rodgers echoed the recent comments of Packers GM Mark Murphy, who expressed his desire to get Favre "back involved in the organization soon."

"I look forward to him being back in the fold, as Mark Murphy has said," Rodgers said. "I think it's time for our fans, this organization and Brett to heal through this and to move forward together before he gets the greatest honor of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame."

The strained relationship between Rodgers, Favre, and the Packers was well-publicized. Favre's departure in 2008, when he was traded to the Jets, created a fork-in-the-road moment for the storied franchise. Things between the two signal-callers seemed to be on the mend, as they presented Peyton Manning with his Comeback Player of the Year award at this year's NFL Honors show.

"I was totally OK with being out front of that, and I'm very secure of the things I've been able to accomplish with the team and individually here in Green Bay, and excited about the chance to see him again and get his number retired here before he goes into Canton," Rodgers said.

Akin to a relationship, it's unusual to repair a friendship following an ugly breakup. Rodgers, however, is nobly trying his best to make it happen.

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