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"Ted always wanted Brett back," McCarthy said. "We always wanted Brett back."
In an interview with the AP on Saturday, Thompson called the situation "gut-wrenching."
"We understand where the fans are coming from," he said. "This is a hot-button issue that surpasses anything I've ever gone through."
The brothers, from the Milwaukee suburb of Pewaukee, started making random phone calls Saturday from the Green Bay white pages urging people to attend Sunday's rally and visit their Web site http://www.bringbackbrettfavre.com.
At the rally, they asked fans to vote on whether they wanted the team to make Favre the starter, whether Favre or Rodgers gives the Packers the best chance at the Super Bowl and whether Thompson should be fired if he trades or releases Favre.
The Web site is selling "Favre 08" shirts, bumper stickers and yard signs. Erick Rolfson, 32, plans to turn his Wauwatosa mortgage company into "Favre '08 Headquarters."
"Last time we checked," he said, "Green Bay is a publicly owned franchise and is owned by the people in the community and by the stockholders, not Ted Thompson."
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