“It is time to come back:” Packers to retire Brett Favre’s number, induct him into Hall of Fame

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GREEN BAY (WITI) -- The Green Bay Packers officially announced on Monday, August 4th that the team will induct three-time MVP quarterback Brett Favre into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and that the Packers will retire Favre's jersey. Mark your calendars because all of that will happen on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Monday's announcement featured in-person remarks from Packers Hall of Fame Inc. President Perry Kidder and Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. Bob Harlan, a member of the Packers Hall of Fame Inc. executive committee and chairman emeritus of the Packers, also spoke.

Favre shared remarks via telephone, stating, "I'm truly honored. It's time to come back." He told those gathered at Lambeau Field that "there's no place like it" when referring to Green Bay. He added that he's "speechless."

Packers officials understand demand for the induction ceremony next year will be extremely high. But they say ticket information will not be made available until after January 1st. Officials say there will NOT be a waiting list for the event -- and they urge all Packers fans to be patient -- and NOT call the team offices for information on the events of Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Favre was later asked who he would like to be a part of his induction and number retiring events. Favre named former general manager Ron Wolf and head coach Mike Holmgren. Favre also mentioned it would be great to flip coins with the likes of Bart Starr.

Favre also made the following statement on his website late Sunday:

I'm pleased to announce that I will be returning to Green Bay, Wisconsin in 2015 for induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and retirement of my jersey.

It was a tremendous honor to play 16 years for the Green Bay Packers. Now to have my name placed among others such as Starr, Hornung, Kramer, Taylor, Lambeau, Nitschke, Lombardi, Davis, White and Hutson is a special honor that I share with all of my teammates and coaches, and that would not have been possible but for the foresight of Ron Wolf, the greatest GM In the history of the NFL.

I'm truly looking forward to celebrating and sharing this special moment with all of the great fans of the Green Bay Packers.

Favre posted a video Monday, August 4th of his thoughts on joining the Hall of Fame. Click here to watch. 

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. is a nonprofit corporation independent of the Green Bay Packers that guides the Hall as a historic national sports venue and educational resource to the Green Bay community and the state of Wisconsin.

The Hall raises funds through its annual induction banquet, Golf Classic and other events to preserve the history of the Green Bay Packers and expand its archives. Historic memorabilia donated by individuals to the Hall may qualify as tax-deductible gifts.

Originally established in 1967 as a temporary display in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Hall moved into its own facility in 1976 near Lambeau Field.

In 2003, it relocated to the Lambeau Field Atrium. It is currently closed for the ongoing Atrium renovation project and will reopen in 2015.

While the Packers Hall of Fame is closed, the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay hosts a temporary exhibit, “Touchdown!”, with selected and additional never-seen-before items from the Hall’s archives.

 

7 comments

  • mike

    Without a single doubt the toughest and best quartetback that has ever played in the NFL. The name Brett Favre Defines legend.

  • Marlene Furlong

    No one knows what was said behind closed doors, when Brett walked away with revenge in his bones. He brought fame to Gr Bay & Wis…. he brought excitement to the game. Brett deserves to have his #4 retired, and be in the HOF. There never was, or never will be another like him. He did what he needed to do, at the time….Gr Bay didn’t want him anymore, so he took the offer from another team…. you would too, if you were in his shoes. Lombardi left after winning a super bowl, as did other players over the years. Brett will always be my NUMBER ONE.

  • Ubiquitous King

    This is the most overrated quarter back to ever play the game. 17 seasons it took this slouch drug addict to start even being mentioned among the real greats at that position i.e. Elway, Marino et.al. then he goes on to play 3 additional seasons that were indicative of his mediocrity. He should only be honored for taking the longest time to meet standards that were met in 13-14 seasons by real quarterbacks. No goofy fan throws the off setting fact out there that this slouch is the top interception thrower in the history of the game and it took him 4 additional seasons beyond the previous average of about 14 seasons, to acquire the most touchdown record. Bret Is so goofy it took him 3 seasons to learn to just throw the ball away and not down the middle of the field to a Philadelphia d-back. Anyone giving this guy unwarranted accolades is not a football fan, because you obviously do not know the game, you are a individual groopie. This guy is as goofy as the spelling and pronunciation of his name, how do you get far-ve from Favre? Seems it should be pronounced fah-vrey, the overrated Frenchmen. Lol #4 glad you are gone, Aaron is a better qb all around he is accurate and he does not kill his receivers with high slant passes. Fah-vrey should thank Sterling Sharpe, Brooks, Freeman et.al. for the sacrifices they made for this overrated prima Donna.

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