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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  • starr 57

    Those who can’t let the past go never will.
    The ceremony would just be a distraction to the team, something they won’t need in the middle of a season.
    Either do it at one of the pre-season games or just leave it alone.
    Still don’t think anything will happen until Ted Thompson leaves the organization, JMHO.
    Hell give it another 10 years and The Packers can bring Brett and Aaron back together to have both their numbers retired.

  • Terry L. Larson

    Don’t bother retiring his number. I hope he goes to the NFL hall of fame as a Viking . His good memories are deleted from my memory, Brett who ?

    • ROBERT WHITE

      Thats the problem with you packer fans,your so brainwashed by an organization that gives a rats ass about you…yet you think that honoring Brett somehow feels like your dishonoring your team. He put Green Bay back to a respectful team, for those of you who went through the crappy years! As far as I’m concerned Green Bay let Brett down…not the other way.

      • RyansDad

        No question that he was one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Probably one of the toughest – at any position. But I was there in Green Bay when he flew in uninvited after he

  • nicholas starling

    Seriously, the only kind of ceremony we should have is one where he is hung in effigy for his traitorous acts.

  • Ed Smelser

    Retire his number before he is a member of the NFL Hall of Fame. To me he was the most exciting QB in the history of the game. He holds almost every NFL passing record and nobody will pass his consecutive start streak. Those that hate him are either to young to remember the 2 decade drought before Favre was aquired by the Falcons in 1992. Winning 8 NFC North titles, Played in 5 NFC Championship games and went to back to back superbowls 1996 and 1997 winning XXXI for the Pack. His nick names the Gunslinger and Iron Man are both fitting. Although he hurt many fan feelings when he went to the Vikings and was one game away from the Superbowl he did what he did best…PLAY GREAT FOOTBALL! I say to the haters grow up and check some film and his numbers. 3 time consecutive league MVP as a Packer. He didn’t get there by losing or missing games.

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