Brett Favre's return to Lambeau Field won't be in 2013. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Mark Murphy: Don't expect Favre's number retirement in 2013

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If you’re counting down the days when former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre’s jersey will be retired, you better revise your numbers – at least that’s what team president Mark Murphy said today.

When asked today about whether the team was gearing up for a 2013 retirement party, here is what Murphy had to say:

“I don’t anticipate that,” Murphy said Tuesday when asked if Favre’s jersey could be retired during the 2013 season. First of all, we’re definitely going to retire his number. I really feel strongly that he deserves it. What he accomplished as a player, what he meant to the organization; but the timing has to be right. I think the more time passes, wounds heal. I can’t tell you exactly when the time might be right. I am optimistic that you’ll see it.”

Clearly, this is a regurgitation of what Murphy has been reiterating since he came out in March to say that the Packers would be welcoming Favre back into the Packers family. But this is the first time I’ve heard him say it wouldn’t happen in 2013.

Which raises the question about just when it might occur. Will the Packers announce it well in advance so fans can buy their tickets or will they keep it low key heading into the event?

My guess is that the team will announce it just prior to the start of the 2014 or 2015 seasons. Murphy has said they want to retire Favre’s number with the Packers before he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is eligible in 2016.

Again, if you’re counting down … slow it down.

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