MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It’s official! Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame and have his jersey retired.
The organization officially made the announcement Monday, August 4th. Both honors are set to take place Saturday, July 18th, 2015.
A long history with the Packers has made Favre one of the most beloved, and arguably one of the most hated, players of all time. With one the most loyal fan bases in sports, Packer Backers are sure to have opinions on the announcement.
“It’s pretty much breaking news,” said Michael Duda, owner of Packertime.com. “You can get into these discussions about whether he went out the right way, did the team do what it should’ve done? Did Brett do what he should’ve done? All that kind of thing. But the bottom line is people still love Brett Favre.”
Although there seems to be an underlying love for the Super Bowl champ and league MVP, many are still frustrated by Favre’s decision to seek victories with the New York Jets and division rival Minnesota Vikings.
“Hated it when he went to Minnesota,” said Ed LaHay.
“They’ll boo him, you know, they’ll talk bad about him saying that he was a gunslinger, he never had any brains,” said Brett Henning.
With some still holding a grudge for Favre’s actions, Henning says that should not be the focus come next July.
“Record touchdowns, three MVP’s, went to the Super Bowl twice, won one,” points out Henning.
“The man did a lot for the state of Wisconsin, the city of Green Bay, and I think more people love the guy than are upset with him,” said LaHay.
“I think they should go ahead and welcome him open arms because it was just a business sense, what they did. It’s a business,” said Michael Blake.
Others have a more interesting way of looking at things.
“It’s just like if you divorce your wife and then you fall back in love again. Welcome him back. He’s a Packer,” said Jerry Gregg.
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