Brett Favre: Green Bay Packers still on target to retire his number

Mike Sherman talks with Brett Favre at training camp in 2004. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Mike Sherman talks with Brett Favre at training camp in 2004.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Nothing has changed in the effort to bring former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre back into the franchise’s family – that according to team president Mark Murphy who this week reiterated what he has been saying for the past couple of years.

His most recent iteration came yesterday when he said in a radio interview that the Packers are working to retire Favre’s number 4 and induct him into the Packers Hall of Fame before Favre is eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Favre will surely be a first ballot Hall of Famer.

Brett Favre will be brought back into the Packers family, so says team President Mark Murphy. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Brett Favre will be brought back into the Packers family, so says team President Mark Murphy.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

“There’s been pretty open dialogue,” Murphy said. “I do anticipate that we will see that sooner rather than later.”

The question is not whether Favre will be brought back to Green Bay at this point, but rather when. Some are thinking that the retirement of his jersey might happen this coming season, a fact that just a couple of years ago seemed a far-fetched idea.

That’s because Favre didn’t leave the team under the best of circumstances. And those circumstances back in 2007 only worsened when Favre signed with rival Minnesota Vikings. When Favre beat the Packers twice in 2009 and then led the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game where the Vikes lost to the New Orleans Saints – with Favre throwing a game-deciding interception – Packers fans were livid.

The Packers and their fans were vindicated in 2010 when Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to two wins over Favre and the Vikings and then went on to win Super Bowl XLV.

Favre retired at the end of 2010.

Though there are many Packers fans who feel Favre shouldn’t be honored by the Packers organization because of how he ended his career, there are also plenty of fans who wonder why it’s taking so long to make his number retirement ceremony a reality.

If Mark Murphy has his way, Favre will soon join the five other Packers players who have had their numbers retired: Tony Canadeo (3), Don Hutson (14), Bart Starr (15), Ray Nitschke (66) and Reggie White (92).

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