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Updated: August 12th, 2013 4:39pm
Forgive and forget: Ryan Longwell will retire as member of Packers

Forgive and forget: Ryan Longwell will retire as member of Packers

by Judd Zulgad
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Ryan Longwell's exit from the Green Bay Packers wasn't exactly a smooth one.

Because he was a kicker, Longwell's departure after nine seasons with the Packers didn't create much of a stir, but it was no accident he ended up signing as a free agent with the Vikings in 2006. What better way to show the Packers they had made a mistake then to play for their arch-rival?

Longwell also played an important role in recruiting his good friend, Brett Favre, to play for the Vikings in 2009 and again in 2010. Longwell wanted Favre on his team, and he also did not mind seeing the quarterback attempt to stick it to the Packers.

But just as Favre seems to be mending fences with the Green Bay organization, it appears Longwell has done the same.

The Packers announced Monday that Longwell, the all-time leading scorer in Packers history, will retire as a member of the franchise. Longwell established a team record by leading the Packers in scoring in nine consecutive seasons (1997-2005), topping the mark of seven held by Don Hutson (1939-45).

Longwell played for the Vikings from 2006 to 2011 before being let go after the team drafted Blair Walsh in 2012. Longwell spent most of last season out of the NFL but did return in January to kick for the Seattle Seahawks after Steven Hauschka suffered a calf injury that landed him on injured reserve.

While it appears to be only a matter of time before Favre's No. 4 is retired by the Packers, one has to wonder if Longwell is among those now trying to convince Favre that the sooner he retires as a Packer the better it will be for everyone involved.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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