Just a couple of weeks ago, Murphy told the world that the franchise was holding off retiring Favre’s #4 jersey until 2015 at the earliest, in part because Favre and Packers’ brass were afraid that he would get booed.
Here is what Murphy said:
“That is an issue. He doesn’t want it, and neither do we. He wouldn’t want to come back and get booed. You can’t control 80,750 people. I really think as time goes on, every year that passes, it’s less likely that he would get booed, but that is an issue.”
Enter, Brett Favre.
Today, while giving an interview on ESPN1000 in Chicago today, had this to say:
“I’ve heard that was a concern of mine, and I’m here to tell you I’m not. I’m not worried about that. I’m well aware that you can’t please everyone. Not everyone’s going to like you regardless, and you know what, so be it. But I think the 16 years that I had in Green Bay speaks for itself.”
He went on about what he knows to be the truth:
“In spite of what people may think – and I really don’t pay attention to what people are saying – I just know the facts, and the facts are that I feel like the relationship is a good relationship. I’ve had contact with Mark Murphy on a regular basis in regards to how we’re going to do this, the ceremony. Bob Harlan … is working diligently. He’s kind of spearheading the Packer Hall of Fame/jersey retirement …”
But Favre didn’t stop there. He did something that he we haven’t seen nor heard … he was highly complimentary of the Packers, especially the fans.
He was not just complimentary – he gushed with appreciation and, may we say it? – love for the organization and the fans.
Here’s how he put the issue to rest today:
“Yeah, you’re right, I have played with other teams, but I will be remembered as a Packer. I feel that. I think the true Packer backers, which there are tons out there, feel the same way. I’m not the first player to play for other teams or rivals.
“As time goes by, that’s how I will be remembered, as a Packer, and that’s how I want to be remembered,” Favre said.
Awesome words that should at least soothe the wound that so many Packers fans seem to want to keep open into perpetuity.
It. Is. Time.