The Green Bay Packers have made it perfectly clear that they plan to retire legendary quarterback Brett Favre’s No. 4 at some point in the next couple of seasons. More importantly, Favre has reached out with a desire to do so as well. Many hoped that it would happen this season, but unfortunately, the Packers have some concerns about the ceremony.
The last thing team president Mark Murphy wants is for a crowd of 80,750 people to boo Favre during his appearance at Lambeau Field. Of course, not everyone would heckle him, but the fact is there could be some jeering involved. Likewise, Favre is very concerned about that being a realistic possibility, which is why he made a decision last year not to make a reported scheduled appearance during a game.
“That is an issue,” Murphy told ESPN. “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.”
In my opinion, it shouldn’t be a problem. Being that I am a Packers fan from Milwaukee, Wis. I can tell you that there is an overwhelming amount of forgiveness. All fans want is to properly thank Favre for all of the good he has done for the team and the state of Wisconsin. The joy he has brought fans over the years can never be replaced by the short amount of anger that occurred during his uneasy departure from the team.
Continuing to push back the date in which Favre’s number will be retired isn’t doing anyone any good. The fans are ready, the Packers are ready and Favre is ready. I completely understand the nervousness surrounding it, but I can almost guarantee that not one single person would heckle the greatest Wisconsin athlete of all time. No one is going to purchase a ticket for his ceremonial game and then boo him.
Even though there’s some disappointment that fans won’t get the opportunity to see Favre this year, the good news is that Green Bay still has a special part in his heart.
“It’s going to happen, I’ll be back up there,” Favre said, according to ESPN. “Again, my career in Green Bay, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It was awesome. The people were awesome, and I just think everything’s going to be fine, and in my opinion, it is now. It’s just a matter of getting back up there.”
Favre and Aaron Rodgers reconciled last year. Now, it’s time for the fans and Favre to do so as well.