Favre confirms Packers will retire his No. 4 jersey

by Aug 3, 11:55 PM

Yes, it's real now. Brett Favre confirmed on his website Sunday night that the Packers would indeed be retiring his No. 4 in a 2015 ceremony. 

He writes: 

I'm pleased to announce that I will be returning to Green Bay, Wisconsin in 2015 for induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and retirement of my jersey. 

It was a tremendous honor to play 16 years for the Green Bay Packers. Now to have my name placed among others such as Starr, Hornung, Kramer, Taylor, Lambeau, Nitschke, Lombardi, Davis, White and Hutson is a special honor that I share with all of my teammates and coaches, and that would not have been possible but for the foresight of Ron Wolf, the greatest GM In the history of the NFL. 

I'm truly looking forward to celebrating and sharing this special moment with all of the great fans of the Green Bay Packers. 

Go Packers! 

Brett 

Oct 21, 2:30 PM

Favre likely to postpone Lambeau return because of Starr's health

by Oct 21, 2:30 PM

Brett Favre's long-awaited return to Lambeau Field may not happen this season after all.

Favre told ESPN's Ed Werder that he planned to attend the Green Bay Packers' Nov. 9 game against the Chicago Bears, but will likely have to postpone the trip because of Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr's health problems.

The 80-year-old Starr is recovering from two strokes and a mild heart attack, and Favre intended to have Starr join him on the field.

While the specifics of the ceremony had yet to be finalized, Werder reports that there were discussions of making Favre and Starr honorary captains and having them participate in the pregame coin toss.

When asked why he and the Packers wouldn't proceed with the ceremony without Starr, Favre replied, "I'm sure they could, but it was my idea to do it, and now that Bart can't, I just don't think I will.''

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters

Aug 8, 11:57 AM

Favre looks forward, no regrets about career

by Aug 8, 11:57 AM

Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre says it's unfortunate the way things ended in Green Bay six years ago, but that he's proud of his 16 years with the Packers and has no regrets.

Favre, interviewed on WTMJ-AM on Friday, talked about his departure from Green Bay and recent efforts to soothe any sour feelings. The team has announced the three-time MVP quarterback will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and have his number retired during the 2015 season.

Favre said he has no regrets about his football career.

''And that goes from Day 1 to the end,'' he said.

Fans know he played as hard as he could, Favre added.

''I laid it on the field every time,'' he said.

Favre retired at a tearful news conference in March 2008, only to change his mind and decide later that year that he still wanted to play, setting up an awkward showdown between him and the team he helped resurrect and lead to a Super Bowl title. He was traded to the New York Jets for what would end up being a third-round draft pick and after one year with the Jets, Favre retired a second time, only to join the rival Minnesota Vikings, for whom he played two seasons.

In 2010, the Packers beat Favre and the Vikings twice on their way to a Super Bowl title, led by Favre's successor, Aaron Rodgers. Favre retired for good following the 2010 season, while Rodgers went on to win the NFL MVP award in 2011.

Favre said he has returned to Wisconsin since leaving Green Bay, coming back about two years ago to hunt with two friends in Clintonville, which is about 40 miles west of Green Bay. He said he hunted for eight days, and wasn't recognized when he visited a local laundry.

Favre said he won't coach high school football near his home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, this year in order to watch his youngest daughter play volleyball at the school. And he expects to return to Green Bay with his wife, Deanna, before next season.

''I think you will see us more in Green Bay. The ice has been broken,'' Favre said.

Aug 7, 9:02 AM

Rodgers thought it was important for Packers to honor Favre

by Aug 7, 9:02 AM

Although Aaron Rodgers' relationship with former "mentor" Brett Favre can be generously described as strained, the current Green Bay Packers starting quarterback thought it was important for the franchise to honor one of its greatest players.

"I've kind of been on the forefront of getting this thing done, you know, in my own way," Rodgers said Wednesday (via PackersNews.com). "I wanted to make sure my voice was out there and behind Brett coming back. I think it's important to bring him back into the fold. It was a great thing to be able to announce that and retire his number and put his number in the Packer Hall of Fame, which is obvious – of course it's going to happen. He's one of the greatest Packers of all-time and one of the greatest NFL players of all-time. It's good to get him back here and hopefully get him here in the fall, as well."

Packers general manager Ted Thompson echoed Rodgers' sentiments, and is excited the two sides were able to mend their relationship.

"Well, I mean, what he's done for this place is remarkable," Thompson said. "We sort of grew up with the Packers. And, he's a good guy, great football player and good teammate. Like I say, we're just, we're happy all that other stuff (has) kind of been put aside, and let's go forward with the relationship."

The Packers are set to retire Favre's No. 4 jersey during his induction into the team's Hall of Fame on July 18, 2015.

Aug 4, 3:54 PM

Team confirms Brett Favre's induction into Packers Hall of Fame and jersey retirement

by Aug 4, 3:54 PM

The Green Bay Packers confirmed Monday that legendary quarterback Brett Favre will have his No. 4 jersey retired during his induction into the Packers Hall of Fame in the summer of 2015.

The announcement was made at the site of the future Packers Hall of Fame where the ceremony will take place and was delivered by Perry Kidder (president of Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc.), Mark Murphy (Packers president and CEO) and former Packers president Bob Harlan.

“In 1992, Ron Wolf, Mike Holmgren and Brett Favre came to Green Bay, and Packer pride was restored,” Harlan said.

Favre, who could not attend the press conference but spoke via telephone, was at a loss for words following Harlan's appreciative speech.

Favre and the Packers suffered somewhat of a messy break-up after he decided to retire and was denied a chance to come back when he changed his mind. He went on to play for the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, a Packers division rival, and was greeted by a chorus of boos upon his return to Green Bay in 2009.

The ceremony will take place on July 18, 2015.

Feature photo courtesy of Allen Fredrickson / Reuters

Aug 3, 9:35 PM

Report: Packers to retire Brett Favre's No. 4, induct him into team's Hall of Fame

by Aug 3, 9:35 PM

Nearly six years after Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers split on acrimonious terms, the two sides are reuniting to make a special announcement Monday. According to ESPN it will be to announce Favre's entrance into the Packers' Hall of Fame.

Green Bay will also retire Favre's legendary No. 4 jersey, likely at some point during the upcoming season. He will enter the Packers' Hall of Fame during the summer next year; induction ceremonies are held annually in July.

Favre played for the Packers from 1992-2008, is the franchise's all-time leader in nearly all passing categories and took Green Bay to the Super Bowl twice, including a victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI.

The relationship was fractured though by Favre's frequent changes of heart when it came to his retirement. Eventually the Packers selected Aaron Rodgers as their starting quarterback and traded Favre to the New York Jets. Favre spent one season in New York and then closed out his career playing two more years for the Packers division rival, the Minnesota Vikings.

The announcement will be made Monday from Lambeau Field at 1:30 p.m. local time. Favre will not be on hand but will speak at the event over the telephone.