Brett Favre jersey won’t be retired by the Packers this season

Brett Favre spent 16 years as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
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Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers want to have the quarterback’s jersey retired by his longtime team.

But the process of making that happen is starting to seem almost as drawn out as Favre’s actual retirement from football, which involved many years of indecision and mind-changing.

Packers President Mark Murphy said Thursday that the team has decided not to honor the three-time league MVP in such a manner during the upcoming football season.

“I don’t anticipate having him retire a number this season, in a game this year,” Murphy said. “We have very good relations, and very good communication, but I don’t anticipate that this year.”

Are they afraid Favre might decide to come out of retirement one last time?


Valid fear, but no. Actually, they’re afraid of him getting booed.

Favre’s exit from Green Bay in 2008 wasn’t exactly graceful. Add to that the fact that he eventually played for the hated Minnesota Vikings and, well, you can see why some fans might still be bitter and would want to express that bitterness verbally.

And that’s the kind of thing that could really ruin a jersey-retirement ceremony. But Murphy added that they still hope to do it sometime before Favre’s assumed 2016 induction into the Hall of Fame.

“He wouldn’t want to come back and get booed. You can’t control 80,750 people,” Murphy said. But “I really think as time goes on, every year that passes, it’s less likely that he would get booed.”

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