The Green Bay Packers have recently stated that they will retire Brett Favre’s number before 2016. According to ProFootballTalk, Packers President, and CEO Mark Murphy stated that the future hall of famers number will be retired,
“I am often asked questions about Brett Favre, and specifically whether we will retire his number,” Murphy wrote. “We do want to bring Brett back into the fold, and plan on retiring his number. He deserves to have his number retired for what he accomplished, and meant to the Packers, during his time here. I thought Aaron Rodgersand Brett jointly presenting the Comeback Player of the Year Award at the NFL Honors program was a great first step. It is really just a question of timing in terms of retiring his jersey. The timing has to be right for both Brett and the organization. Brett will be a first ballot Hall of Famer in 2016, and we would like to retire his number prior to his induction.”
Favre, who played 16 years for the Packers, is eligible for the Football Hall of Fame in 2016. In 16 years with the club, Favre led the team to a Superbowl victory in 1996, as well as winning three strait MVP awards in the mid 90s.
Favre, currently hold the record for most touchdown passes and most passing yards in league history.
Some associated with the Packers, remember Favre’s final moments in the league as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Despite the fact that Favre played for the Packers division rival, team president Muphy feels the bad blood is beginning to dissipate,
“I know that many of our fans were upset that Brett played for the Vikings,” Murphy wrote. “As time goes by, though, I think wounds are healed and people focus more on the great things he did for the team during his 16 years here. As the recent signings by Greg Jennings and Desmond Bishop show, many players in the League go on to play for rivals later in their careers.”
Even though it was not a storybook ending for Favre and the Packers, Favre is still an icon on Packers history. His number four jersey shall forever be retired, and remembered for all he brought to the Packer franchise.
Following his final season with the club in 2007, Favre played a year with the New York Jets before ending up in Minnesota for the final two years of his career. Ironically Favre had one of his best seasons at age 40. In 2009 Favre led the Vikings to the NFC championship game, and finished the season with a 33-7 touchdown-interception ratio.
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