Earlier this month, there were reports that the Packers were putting off a ceremony to retire Brett Favre’s number because the ex-quarterback was concerned about the reception he’d get at Lambeau Field. This goes back to end of Favre’s career, in which he made a point of playing for the arch-rival Vikings after the Packers chose to promote Aaron Rodgers and traded Favre to the Jets (he played one season in New York).
However, the basis for at least one of those reports were claims by Favre’s former teammate, Mark Chmura, and Mark Murphy, the Packers president. Favre himself talked about the whole issue today in a radio interview and dismissed those concerns entirely.
“In spite of what people may think … the facts are that I feel like the relationship [with the Packers] is a good relationship,” Favre told John Jurkovich and Carmen DeFalco, of ESPN 1000 in Chicago. The ex-quarterback added that he was in ongoing discussions with Packers brass about plans for a jersey retirement ceremony. “We are going to do it,” Favre said. “It’s just a matter of when. From my end, everything’s good.”
Favre also specifically refuted reports that he passed up an invitation to attend the Packers’ Nov. 4 home game last season against the Bears for fear that the crowd would boo him. Favre told “Carmen and Jurko” (pronounced “Yerko,” if you’re wondering) that he wasn’t at that game because he was busy helping to coach a high school team during its playoffs (the school won a state title in December).
Asked about the possibility of “leftover animosity” among the Packers fan base, Favre had this to say:
“I’ve heard that was a concern of mine, and I’m here to tell you I’m not. I’m not worried about that.
“You know, I’m well aware that you can’t please everyone. Not everyone’s gonna like you, regardless. And you know what? So be it. But I think the 16 years that I had in Green Bay speaks for itself.
“Yeah, you’re right, I have played for other teams. But I will be remembered as a Packer. [Carmen or Jurko: “Oh yeah.”] I feel that. I feel the true Packer backers, which there are tons out there, feel the same way. And, you know, I’m not the first player to play for other teams, or rivals. …
“But as time goes by, that’s how I will be remembered, as a Packer. And that’s how I want to be remembered.”
So there you have it, straight from the Wrangler’s mouth. Favre looks forward to having his jersey retired at Lambeau Field, and any fan who doesn’t like it is not a true Packer backer.
Maybe he can just tell himself they’re yelling, “Boo-rett!”