The Packers will welcome Brett Favre back to Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving night to unveil his retired jersey when they face the Bears, something that suits their former quarterback just fine.
Favre faced the Bears 32 times as a starter for the Packers and he referenced the long history between the two teams while explaining why he felt the game was a good choice for his big night.
“I felt like that was the right fit,” Favre said during a Wednesday conference call, via ESPN.com. “The tradition and the history between the Bears [and Packers] dates back long before any of us were around. Just some fun games and rivalries over the years, and so being a Thanksgiving game, just the magnitude of that in itself is huge. And to me, it’s just the right fit, the right choice.”
Favre was hoping to get on the field over the summer as well for a flag football game, but the Packers passed in order to protect the grass at the stadium. Favre said it would have been great to play at Lambeau, but said the backup venue — University of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium — is “a great place to play.”
That game will be held on July 19, a day after Favre will be in Green Bay for his induction into the Packers Hall of Fame.