Aaron Rodgers: Green Bay Packers Fans Need to Start Healing Process, Retire Brett Favre’s No. 4

By Phil Naegely
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Favre was loved by the Green Bay Packers faithful. Then Favre came out of retirement twice, and played for the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings. Playing for the Vikings really hurt Packers fans and many are still bitter about his decision. Current Packers QB and Favre’s backup from 2005 to 2007, Aaron Rodgers says it is time to heal and retire Favre’s No. 4 in Green Bay before he is eligible for the NFL Hall of Fame.

Rodgers never once complained about being Favre’s backup, yet he learned from one of the NFL’s best QBs. Since then, Rodgers has become a top QB himself and one of the Packers’ leaders on and off the field.

Rodgers hits the nail on the head surrounding Favre and the continued hatred by some Packers fans. It is time to move on from something that happened almost five years ago and allow Favre to be remembered for his leadership and success on the field. The 11-time Pro Bowler definitely deserves to have his No. 4 jersey retired in front of the loud and faithful cheese heads at Lambeau Field.

Now it is time for the Packers and the fans to heed Rodgers’ advice and retire Favre’s jersey. It would not be the same if his jersey was retired after he was enshrined in Canton. It would be nice to see Favre run out of the Lambeau tunnel one final time just like Brian Dawkins did this past year in Philadelphia.

Favre was important to Green Bay’s success in the 1990s and early 2000s, and it is time he is recognized properly. The healing is long overdue and needs to start now so Favre’s No. 4 can be retired and be properly displayed at Lambeau.

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