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Murphy: “We Are Going To Retire Favre’s Number”

May 11, 2011

Love him or hate him, you knew this was coming.

The Packers’ Tailgate Tour stopped in Ashland, Wisconsin Wednesday evening, where team President Mark Murphy told a packed house that the Packers would retire Favre’s number.

“Eventually, he’ll come back into the fold,” Murphy told the crowd gathered at the Bay Area Civic Center. “We are going to retire his number.”

How did the crowd respond to the announcement? Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette wrote that it was greeted by a round of applause.

My feelings towards the ol’ gunslinger have waffled as often as Favre’s own indecisiveness, but it’s difficult to deny the impact a third-string quarterback in Atlanta had on the city of Green Bay and the entire National Football League. Simply put, the man put the “Title” back in Titletown.

Murphy noted that “very few” Packers have had their numbers retired, and the team will hold the ceremony “at a time when it’s meaningful for both him and the organization.”

When the time comes, I imagine the Lambeau crowd will respond much like the group in Ashland, and Favre will get his final standing ovation. Regardless of your feelings, Favre will once again have his day in Lambeau.

Unless Murphy and the Packers change their minds.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2011 9:27 pm

    I will be happy when the Packers retire #4 — no hard feelings, really. I still have a lot of great Packer memories with Favre, and they don’t change just because he played for the Vikings. Helps a TON though that he didn’t win a superbowl with the purple!

    • May 12, 2011 5:45 am

      Like all things Favre, I’m not totally decided on this one. On one hand, he made the Packers significant again after years in the dumps, but on the other hand, there haven’t been many Packers to have their numbers retired.

      Favre was certainly a special player, but does he deserve to be up there with Hutson, Canadeo, Starr, Nitschke, and White? I think so, but I could be convinced otherwise as well.

      • May 12, 2011 10:15 am

        Whoa. That’s an interesting question: Does Favre deserve to have his number retired? I think the answer is yes — especially if White is on the list. Seems like Hutson, Canadeo, Starr, Nitschke are the top dogs from that era, and White and Favre are the top dogs from the other era. And seems like those two are the only ones fromt hat era to get numbers retired. Right?

        Intriguing questions!

      • May 12, 2011 11:30 am

        I posted the same article over at Cheesehead TV, and there’s a pretty intriguing discussion going on in the comment section. Jump in!

  2. May 20, 2011 3:24 am

    I bow down humbly in the presence of such greeatsns.

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