The announcement came today that the event is sold out.
The event, set for July 18, will feature only Brett Favre as he is inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame prior to being a certain first round NFL Hall of Fame selection later in the year.
In addition to the formal banquet held inside the Atrium of Lambeau Field, Favre’s name and number 4 will be unveiled on the north facade of the stadium during a regular season game next fall.
The date for that number retirement and unveiling has not yet been determined.
Bart Starr was MVP only once. Strange considering the number of championships he won.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph
Having all three NFL and Super Bowl MVPs on the field at a single time would surely be a significant moment in franchise history.
All that is speculation at this point because of the frail physical condition Starr is reportedly in after he suffered a series of strokes and heart issues last fall.
Regardless of that situation, the Packers Hall of Fame is sure to kick off football season in Green Bay next summer by hosting this event honoring Favre, many who think is the greatest Packer of all time.
Though things got messy between Favre and the Packers organization, patching up their differences this past year, Favre and the Packers agreed to the Hall of Fame induction and the number retirement. Much of the efforts to get Favre and the Packers back together came from team President Mark Murphy.
As for the event, it sold out faster than anyone anticipated.
“Each year, no matter who is inducted, we first go to the people and companies who have supported us throughout the years to determine their interest in the banquet,” Packers Hall of Fame, Inc. President Perry Kidder said.
“We were delighted with the positive response this year and how quickly the sponsorships, tickets and tables sold out. In addition to our longtime supporters, we will host a record number of returning Hall of Famers and their guests, plus expected NFL dignitaries.”
In all, only 1,600 tickets were sold.
Though Kidder said he understood that there may be many fans who didn’t get a chance to buy tickets will be disappointed, he did offer this bit of information that will help allow most across the state to see the event:
Brett Favre. Raymond T. Rivard photograph
“We know some fans will be disappointed that they won’t be able to purchase tickets to the banquet but, the good news is that, for the first time ever, the event will be recorded and broadcast the next day on WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee), WGBA-TV (Green Bay) and the Packers TV Network affiliates. We want to thank our media partner, Journal Broadcast Group, for helping make that happen. It’s a great way for Packers fans to share in the experience. ”
Favre played 16 years for the Green Bay Packers – 1992-2007 – and finished with 442 touchdown passes, 61,655 passing yards, 5,377 completions and 8,758 attempts – all NFL records at the time.
Favre also made an incredible 253 straight starts with the Packers during his 16 seasons in Green Bay – matching the number of seasons played by Bart Starr.
Favre played four NFL seasons outside of Green Bay : Atlanta, 1991; N.Y. Jets, 2008; Minnesota, 2009-10.
He completed his career with 508 TDs, 71,838 yards passing, 6,300 completions, 10,169 attempts, and nearly hit 300 consecutive-starts – finishing with 298 games – all NFL records.
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"The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. is a nonprofit corporation independent of the Green Bay Packers that guides the Hall as a historic national sports venue and educational resource to the Green Bay community and the state of Wisconsin. The Hall raises funds through its annual induction banquet, Golf Classic and other events to preserve the history of the Green Bay Packers and expand its archives. Historic memorabilia donated by individuals to the Hall may qualify as tax-deductible gifts.Originally established in 1967 as a temporary display in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Hall moved into its own facility in 1976 near Lambeau Field. In 2003, it relocated to the Lambeau Field Atrium. It is currently closed for the ongoing Atrium renovation project and will reopen in 2015. While the Packers Hall of Fame is closed, the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay hosts a temporary exhibit, “Touchdown!” with selected and additional never-seen-before items from the Hall’s archives."