Some day, Brett Favre will return to Lambeau Field to have his No. 4 jersey retired in a ceremony before Packers fans. But it won’t be this year.
Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that there have been “good conversations” with Favre, but a jersey retirement ceremony isn’t happening until 2015 at the earliest.
Although Favre was once the most beloved athlete in Green Bay, much changed when he retired, un-retired and ultimately returned in the rival Vikings uniform. Murphy acknowledged that some fans have hard feelings toward Favre, and that could be a problem for any retirement ceremony.
“He wouldn’t want to come back to be booed,” Murphy said.
But while it won’t happen this year, there’s a good chance it will happen next year: Murphy said he’d like to retire Favre’s number before Favre is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which will happen in the summer of 2016.