Will Green Bay Packers fans ever have those warm, fuzzy feelings they felt for Brett Favre not so many years ago while he led the team to two Super Bowls, won three straight Most Valuable Player awards and broke just about every passing and endurance record on the planet?
Packers president Mark Murphy thinks that within a year or two the team will consider formally retiring Favre’s number and bringing him back to Wisconsin for the event.
That’s what he told Lori Nickel of JSonline in a story published by the Milwaukee newspaper.
You have to believe that by that time the opinions of so many Packers fans who soured on Favre may be changed by then. With Favre announcing his retirement so many times, eventually being shunned by the team, playing one year in New York and then finishing up his final two seasons in Minnesota didn’t sit well with Packers fans who had come to view him as god-like for so many years.
But Murphy seems to think that the number of fans who might be inclined to boo him today will have softened by the time a formal ceremony could be planned in a year or two.
I have to agree.
Personally, I feel Favre is the best quarterback ever to wear the Green and Gold. While Aaron Rodgers is fast on his way to matching and maybe eclipsing Favre’s popularity, he still has a long, long way to go to match what Favre accomplished on the field. Whether Rodgers can stick around or whether he will want to hang out with the Packers for as long as Favre did remains to be seen. If he does, there’s no reason to believe he couldn’t at least match what Favre did.
Favre is a first ballot Hall of Fame player. He will go in as a Packer, no doubt. His day of honor will come at Lambeau Field and my hope is that the fans remember the good days, not his final days in purple. Those days are a mere blip on Favre’s career radar.
Packers fans are better than that and will come around to honor him for what he did for the team, the franchise and the entire league.
For the sake of everyone, my hope is that the ceremony, the cheers for him one last time will come sooner than later and will bring full circle the man and his intimate relationship he had with the city of Green Bay and the fans of the Green Bay Packers.
Here’s a reminder of what the man meant to the Packers and the NFL: