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Report: Brett Favre's No. 4 Won't Be Retired by Packers in 2014

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Report: Brett Favre's No. 4 Won't Be Retired by Packers in 2014

The Green Bay Packers have no plans to retire Brett Favre's No. 4 jersey in 2014, according to various local media reports that were privvy to a conference call with team president Mark Murphy on Thursday.

According to Murphy, there's hesitancy because of the reception Favre might receive due to his tenuous departure from Green Bay.

“That is an issue,” Murphy is quoted as saying by Bill Huber of Packer Report. “He doesn’t want (to get booed), and neither do we. He wouldn’t want to come back and get booed. You can’t control 80,750 people. I really think as time goes on, every year that passes, it’s less likely that he would get booed, but that is an issue.”

Apparently the Packers aren't ruling out Favre returning to Lambeau Field to attend a game, but no formal ceremoney to honor him is in the works.

Murphy has said on several occasions that the Packers have been in communication with Favre, and at one point last season tried to bring him back for a game, which was prevented by the high schoool team Favre coached reaching the Mississippi state championship.

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Allan Murphy's picture

Stop acting like children 3 time mvp oml !

Bearmeat's Phantom Downvoter's picture

This is said from a diehard Packer Backer: I will not be a Favre fan again until he publicly apologizes for his poor attitude and actions from 2005-2010. It is understandable that he wanted to continue playing. He played great (except in the playoffs - shock) until 2010. He truly was an amazing athlete.

It is true that winning the 2010 Super Bowl with ARod getting the MVP while the Vikings season (and their stadium) imploded was some serious comeuppance, but the fact is that on his way out of town Favre intentionally hurt the team who gave him the only real shot he got when he was trying to break into the league in 1991-1992 by going to their 2nd biggest rival! It could have been handled with so much class, but it wasn't - because Favre let his ego get bruised. For "Exhibit A" in class despite a difficult situation, look at the way Peyton did things with the Colts. There is no animosity from either side because Peyton didn't let his pride get in the way of what he knew was a tough situation for everyone involved.

It takes a real man to say "I was wrong." Until then - when his number is retired, I am left hoping that there is nothing but absolute silence from the fans. Not boos. Just silence. That will speak louder than any outpouring of anger would.

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