The highly anticipated announcement regarding the Green Bay Packers and former quarterback Brett Favre was well worth the wait. As expected, the Packers have come up with a game plan to retire Favre’s No. 4 and induct him into the Packers Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will take place July 18, 2015. Green Bay typically retires a handful of Packer legends each summer. In the case of Favre, though, he will be inducted by himself so that the entire focus of the event can be centered on him, rightfully so. The induction will coincide with the retirement of the No. 4, the jersey number Favre made iconic during his years with the Packers. The public unveiling of Favre’s name and number inside Lambeau Field will then occur at a game yet to be determined during the 2015 season.
If that is not enough, Favre stated he would like to return to Green Bay this season and join legendary quarterback Bart Starr in a ceremonial coin toss before a game. As of right now, there is no confirmation on whether that is a possibility, but there is no denying that the idea would be welcomed with open arms.
Favre understands that his return could be met with mixed emotions. As a lifelong Packers fan, I personally believe there will be nothing but cheers for the man who brought so much joy to the game of football in Green Bay for 16 years. The good news is Favre does not necessarily care what people think. He knows that he will always be associated with the Packers, which is all that really matters.
“I was always a Packer … and it’s like borrowed time elsewhere,” Favre said during a conference call on Monday, according to ESPN. “I played my heart out each and every year I played and I’m proud of that. I was proud to say that I am a Packer and will always be a Packer and am honored that I’ve gotten the opportunity to do that.
“Yeah, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions and I’ll be honest with you, in thinking about the ceremony and the unveiling at halftime, it almost has the same feeling when we beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the first game I played.”
As a member of the Packers, Favre completed 5,377 passes for 61,655 yards and 442 touchdowns. He also won three consecutive MVP awards and led Green Bay Packer to victory in Super Bowl XXXI.