Approximately two weeks ago, it was revealed that the Green Bay Packers would not be retiring Brett Favre’s No. 4 this season because they are afraid of him getting booed by the Lambeau Field faithful. In fact, Packers CEO Mark Murphy stated that “he doesn’t want it, and neither do we.” Apparently, not only did Favre never say that to Murphy, but he also is ready for his retirement ceremony to occur this year.
“I’ve heard that was a concern of mine, and I’m here to tell you I’m not,” Favre said, according to CBS Sports. “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.
“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 a Packers fan, and a true Packer backer at that, I have completely forgiven Favre for signing with the Minnesota Vikings. It was hurtful when it happened because Favre told the Packers he was done, which is what we as the fans accepted. But, for him to come out of retirement twice just to play with Green Bay’s rival was unacceptable. That is why so many people jeered him when he returned to Lambeau Field those two seasons.
Personally, I do not believe Favre will be booed during his retirement ceremony. If he is, no one will hear it because it will drown out by the overwhelming cheers. I also believe that Favre should have his No. 4 retired at a game this year because it is time. He wants it, the fans want it and we were all under the impression that the organization wants it.
“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 ceremony, and I have been working with him diligently on getting this done,” Favre said.
If Favre has been in contact with the organization and Bob Harlan has been working on putting the ceremony together, then there is clearly needs to happen.