Brett Favre and the Packers are closer to retiring his number and it should be done as soon as possible. Delaying the inevitable is not the best policy. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Brett Favre? Booing? Not retiring number? What a Lame excuse!

Over the course of the past couple of days you’ve heard the news out of the Green Bay Packers camp about the decision not to retire Brett Favre‘s jersey number this year – for a number of vague and innocuous reasons – with the most mentioned being that everyone’s afraid the fans will boo.



Brett Favre and Packers President Mark Murphy are afraid of a couple of boo-birds?

Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers should come to terms. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers should come to terms.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

I can’t believe it.

No doubt there has been some bad blood between the Packers and Ted Thompson. There is clearly a contingent in Packers Nation who carry a grudge and still can’t stand Brett Favre for what he did back in the day. Yes, he flip-flopped. Yes, he went head-to-head with Packers brass, namely Ted Thompson. Yes, he really wanted to stick it to the Packers organization and did so by joining the Minnesota Vikings, beating the Packers twice and nearly taking that team to the Super Bowl.

Those are all good reasons for Packers fans to have some strong feelings toward Favre.

But you know what? It’s over. It’s water under the bridge. I don’t have to stop and regurgitate all that Brett Favre did for the Green Bay Packers. For years, he was the face of the franchise, and to many he still is.

It. Is. Time.

Their notion about the concern for booing is one lame ass excuse.

It is time to bring the guy back to Lambeau Field, have him stand at the 50-yard line and be welcomed back into the Green Bay Packers family.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s this year, next year or the year after that. There will always be a scattering of fans who might get their boo-bird on. But you know what? Packers fans in the stands will take care of those guys in less time than it took for a Brett Favre pass to travel 10 yards.

Think about it … you’re in the stands as Brett Favre and his family strolls onto the tundra one more time and there’s a loud-mouthed knucklehead in the row in front of you who insists on bellowing a boo … what are you and the folks next to you going to do? You are going to jump on the guy and tell him to shut his yap or you are going to get him thrown out of the stadium. And if he insists on doing it, there is going to be a guy who rips off his vintage #4 jersey and shoves it into the guy’s mouth.

The greatest majority of Packers fans who spend their hard-earned dollars to get into Lambeau Field aren’t going to do it so they can boo one of, if not, the greatest Packer who has worn the uniform in the past 50 years. They are not going to be frothing at the mouth to boo a guy who is one of the greatest heroes of recent memory.

So, I’m embarrassed that Mark Murphy and Brett Favre would even broach that subject and allow it to be a reason as to why the inevitable isn’t going to happen.

Their notion about the concern for booing is one lame ass excuse.

Let’s get it done and let’s get it done now.

Brett Favre’s number will be retired before he goes into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Stand up now and show your support, Packers fans.

And Mark Murphy needs to make the arrangements.


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  • Robert

    Yes Ray,
    Once again Our Teams Greatest Fans need to embrace #4, which every single carbon based life form would do who was there to witness the event. I think it would be fine to have some purple jerseys in the crowd cheering also!
    Once this happens, and it will happen, it will be one less thing for Vikings fans to try to use to push Our buttons!

  • Zack Selzman

    Favre never would have joined the Vikings if Thompson had made any extra effort at all to get Favre the extra weapons he needed to end his career with a Superbowl win. Thompson was very clearly just waiting for his retirement and was very clearly trying to push him out the door. Favre did exactly what he should have done… shown those idiots that he was still great.

  • Michael Kessler

    This is insane to honor Brett Favre after all the crap he pulled over the last few years. He is totally undeserving in my opinion. I seriously hope it never happens during my lifetime.

    • Bill

      Well it is, that is unless you pass tomorrow.

  • Thomas Kimball

    I would not Boo Favre, I would simply just not show up. As an ex-military man, I believe strongly in honor and integrity. I think the last few years damaged a lot of respect I had for him, not only for the waffling and the childish “I’m gonna get my way and I’m gonna get you back” attitude manipulating his way to the Vikings, but for the crap he put his beautiful, loyal wife through. His utter lack of honor and integrity has damaged his legacy and divided Packer Nation. I looked up to Favre, as did many. The way some of us feel about him will never be the same. I just wish he would have just retired the first or the second time…..for real.

  • Dutchboy

    Geez – when did Packers fans become so sensitive??? So Favre went to a rival team. Big deal! It was because of that competitive mind set that made him so special in Green Bay. If Rodgers wasn’t the QB he turned out to be, fans would’ve begged Favre to come back.