Mark your calendar: Packers to honor Favre, Ron Wolf in 2015 with halftime ceremonies
GREEN BAY (WITI) — The Green Bay Packers announced Monday, April 27th that the organization will honor two of its all-time greats – Brett Favre and Ron Wolf – in halftime ceremonies during the 2015 season, with Favre’s name and retired No. 4 to be unveiled on Lambeau Field’s north façade Nov. 26 and Wolf’s name to be unveiled next to fellow Pro Football Hall of Famers on the stadium’s east side Nov. 15.
“The Packers are fortunate to have had many great players and general managers in our storied history. You would be hard pressed, though, to name any that have had a bigger impact on the organization than Brett Favre and Ron Wolf. It is fitting that they will be honored in the same season, since they teamed together to return winning football to the Packers in the ’90s,” said Packers/President CEO Mark Murphy. “We’re looking forward to two very memorable ceremonies to honor these men for their accomplishments.”
Favre’s No. 4, which will be retired July 18 at the Packers Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, will join the names and numbers of five other Packers legends: Don Hutson, 14; Tony Canadeo, 3; Bart Starr, 15; Ray Nitschke, 66; and Reggie White, 92.
The Nov. 26, Thanksgiving night, contest against Chicago features a fitting opponent, with the Bears serving as a respected and hard-fought foe during Favre’s career. The antediluvian enemies share the NFL’s oldest rivalry, having first squared off in 1921. Favre faced the Bears 32 times as a member of the Green and Gold.
“It will be an incredible honor to be in Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving night with Packers fans and have my name and number placed among the greatest players in Packers history,” Favre said. “With the great history and tradition of the Packers-Bears rivalry, and remembering the great matchups we had during my career, it seems only fitting to have Chicago as the opponent.”
Wolf, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 8 in Canton, will be on hand for the Nov. 15 battle against another division rival, Detroit. A tradition-filled matchup fitting for a ceremony, the Packers and Lions share the NFL’s second-oldest continuous rivalry, having played every year since 1932. This contest will mark the 172nd meeting in the series. Additionally during the ceremony, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will present Wolf his Hall of Fame ring.
“To be elevated and officially enshrined in football’s most glorious cathedral will put an exclamation point on my pro football career,” Wolf said. “It is an honor to be included alongside those greats that made the Green Bay Packers so unique in NFL history.”
Other details regarding these games, as well as other featured game themes for the season, will be released in the future.