The Green Bay Packers on Monday announced their plans for Brett Favre’s induction into the Packer Hall of Fame and the retirement of his famed #4, and it turns out that both ceremonies will take place at the same time.
The Packers say Favre will have his number retired at their Hall of Fame banquet to be held on July 18, 2015. The Packers say there will later be a ceremony on the field at Lambeau to honor Favre, at which point his retired number will be unveiled at the north end of the stadium.
Favre said in his conference call in conjunction with the announcement that he wants to go to Green Bay at least once before the ceremony next July, and revealed he wanted to go last year but his schedule wouldn’t allow it.
Favre mused openly about the possibility of participating in some kind of pre-game ceremony with another former Packer great:
Favre: “Wouldn’t it be nice to flip a coin with Bart Starr prior to a game? I get chills just thinking about it.”
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) August 4, 2014
The Packers, recognizing how big the Favre ceremony will be, say they are looking into ways of increasing the capacity for the Hall of Fame banquet.
Favre played 16 years in Green Bay, appearing in two Super Bowls and winning one, before leaving to join the New York Jets and then the Minnesota Vikings. Packer backers have long held a grudge against Favre for the way he left Green Bay but feelings appear to have softened among fans, and Favre now believes they are ready to embrace him again.