Packers confirm Brett Favre will be honored on Thanksgiving

Reuters

Just before the NFL schedule was unveiled last week, reports out of Green Bay indicated that the Packers would host the Bears on Thanksgiving and that they would retire former quarterback Brett Favre’s jersey at a ceremony during that contest.

The release of the schedule confirmed that the Packers and Bears would be spending the holiday together and the team confirmed the rest of the news on Monday. Favre, who faced the Bears 32 times during his playing career, will be the sixth player in Packers history to be honored in that fashion.

“It will be an incredible honor to be in Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving night with Packers fans and have my name and number placed among the greatest players in Packers history,” Favre said in a release from the team. “With the great history and tradition of the Packers-Bears rivalry, and remembering the great matchups we had during my career, it seems only fitting to have Chicago as the opponent.”

The Packers also announced that they’ll be honoring the man who brought Favre to Green Bay. Wolf will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer and will be presented with his Hall of Fame ring at the team’s November 15 game against the Lions.

42 responses to “Packers confirm Brett Favre will be honored on Thanksgiving

  1. Still shoulda retired it against the Vikings. Minnesota could have immediately unretired it and retired it themselves their next home game.

  2. The packers should hold a second ceremony on Jan 3rd in Lambeau against the Vikings and retire Favre’s away jersey just too spite the Vikings…

  3. Despite those who hold a grudge against Brett Farve, he was a great player for the Packers. Either the best, or second best they ever had. This honor is overdue.

  4. Favre, basically they’re calling you a Turkey. I wouldn’t take that disrespect from the new regime.

  5. How does Favre feel about being ‘honored’ by the same fanbase that honored him with resounding BOOOOO’s?

  6. Given the rich history of the Packers, it is a bit surprising only 5 numbers retired before Farve.

  7. It was fun to see him play. He took a beating in New Orleans to get the Vikes in position to advance. Too bad he wasted a year with the Jets.

  8. How does Favre feel about being ‘honored’ by the same fanbase that honored him with resounding BOOOOO’s
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    Even Rangers fans BOO’d Messier when he came back to the MSG wearing a Canucks jersey

    and he was still honored years later….

    This was a guy who left the Rangers when they needed him the most….

  9. As Favre said, it’s only fitting that it be against the #1 rival, da Bears. Not something that you roll out against a second-rate outfit with no real Championship history.

  10. contra74 says:
    Apr 27, 2015 3:17 PM
    How does Favre feel about being ‘honored’ by the same fanbase that honored him with resounding BOOOOO’s?
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    You wouldn't understand and it's not for you to worry about.

  11. contra74 says:
    Apr 27, 2015 3:17 PM
    How does Favre feel about being ‘honored’ by the same fanbase that honored him with resounding BOOOOO’s?
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    He already told you:

    “It will be an incredible honor to be in Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving night with Packers fans and have my name and number placed among the greatest players in Packers history,”

  12. greatfootballmind7 says:
    Apr 27, 2015 3:22 PM
    Very average QB in his career. No one will EVER top his interception record. EVER.
    ———-
    3 mvps, 2 SBS, consecutive starts record, multiple division titles and multiple passing records. Yup, average at best…..

  13. Since Ron Wolf took over in ’92, the Packers have pretty much controlled the NFC North (Central).
    They have a winning record from all 3 teams.
    Vikings: 26-20
    Bears: 33-13
    Lions: 36-10
    (This doesn’t include playoffs)
    Total: 95-43

    I would say that is pretty convincing, domination….
    Ron Wolf & Bob Harlan set the bar, and Murphy & Thompson have continued the trend.

  14. Can you imagine what would happen if he were to show-up wearing his Vikings jersey? That would be hilarious!

  15. If Rodgers was with the Packers in Favre’s heyday, there’s no doubt in my mind GB beats Denver in the SB and goes on to beat the NYG at Lambeau in ’07 in the NFCCG. Favre deserves as much credit for his idiotic losses as he does for his victories.

    A Packers (not a Favre) fan…..

  16. Lets not forget his wife wearing a purple dress to one of his last games in GB, his boozing, drugs, womanizing/adultery, trying to help the Lions game plan for the Pack, and going to the vikings especially to stick it to the Packers. If you are a fan of his, you mindlessly worship whatever idol is trotted out for you, and you place your idol over your team.

  17. It has taken them awhile to finally do this. But I’m glad they waited. He deserved to be humbled and humiliated, mostly for all of the lies he told that have been verified by how things went down in Green Bay.

    It takes a few years for that Viking stench to clear off, so it was for the best that they waited.

  18. patsbrat says:Apr 27, 2015 3:24 PM

    Given the rich history of the Packers, it is a bit surprising only 5 numbers retired before Farve.

    They don’t really have a hard & fast rule. Some teams retire numbers for any player inducted into the HOF. Assuming Favre is elected this year, that will be 24 Packers players (and coaches/GM’s) in the HOF so they’d be running short of numbers using that rule. To me, it looks like they generally ask themselves “At the time they retired, was this player arguably the best to ever play their position?” which is a much higher threshold. The other HOF players/coaches still get the Ring of Honor treatment.

  19. Last time Brett and Julius Peppers were on the same field together was back in 2010. Julius was still on the Bears roster. Brett told Julius that he hoped the Bears would knock the Packers out of the playoffs that year.

    It’d be nice if he gave the Packers’ fan base something to indicate he no longer feels that way.

    I would not boo Brett on Thanksgiving, and I don’t think he deserves to get booed because he still gave the Packers one hell of a lot, but it’d be really nice he wasn’t doing this just for himself.

  20. patsbrat says: Apr 27, 2015 3:24 PM

    Given the rich history of the Packers, it is a bit surprising only 5 numbers retired before Farve.
    ————————

    Here’s some interesting trivia for you. Jim Taylor spent nine years in Green Bay. He very likely would have been held in the same regard as Jim Brown had Brown not played football. His number is not retired by the Packers. He spent one year in New Orleans and rushed for 390 yards, with a 3.0 ave. The saints retired his number. Odd.

  21. As a diehard Vikings fan, I hated him when he was a Packer. Not until he played for the Vikings, did I realize how good he was. His accuracy, from multiple arm angles, under pressure, on the run, off his back foot, whatever, was unparalleled. Congrats to Favre and the Packer fans.

  22. beerbratscheese says:
    Here’s some interesting trivia for you. Jim Taylor spent nine years in Green Bay. He very likely would have been held in the same regard as Jim Brown had Brown not played football. His number is not retired by the Packers. He spent one year in New Orleans and rushed for 390 yards, with a 3.0 ave. The saints retired his number. Odd.
    ———————————————————————
    Not that odd. Taylor was a hometown hero, having played for LSU. And his one year as a Saint was a rare bright spot in the early days of the franchise.

    What’s also odd–Paul Hornung’s #5 was retired at the Packers’ press party in 1967, but there’s never been an official ceremony marking it. Don Majkowski even wore #5 his rookie year before switching to #7.

    On the positive side–the Packers have shown a good deal more restraint on retiring numbers than other franchises [cough]Yankees[cough].

  23. 3 mvps, 2 SBS, consecutive starts record, multiple division titles and multiple passing records. Yup, average at best…..

    Favre was a passionate player whose best year was 2009 with the Vikings (oddly). His MVP years were riddled with interceptions and fumbles. His defenses bailed him out along with John Madden’s gushing. His starts record might have been the only remarkable thing but toward the end of his career it was all about him, his records, his legacy. Yes, we are right. An average QB with longevity.

  24. As a Packers fan who hated what Favre did towards the end I think it is time to do this. I think what hurt even more than playing for the Vikings was Favre telling the Bears to knock the Packers out of the playoffs and contacting the Lions to offer assistance against them.

    But it is time for everyone to put that behind us honor him for all of the great memories and years he gave our favorite team. Favre was one of the biggest reasons the Packers finally got out of the dark times and actually won a Super Bowl. And trust me times were bleak before Wolf, Holmgren, Favre and White got there.

  25. If Favre had not been so indefinite about retirement vs. playing, the messy end never would have happened.
    Great, great player, though.
    Hope Bart Starr is able to attend.

  26. It probably should have happened sooner, but a few with grudges didn’t make it practical. Its a great idea to do it now on Thanksgiving vs. the Bears.

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