The Seasons of Favre continue to unfold.
The Spring of 2013 will be remembered as the season which witnessed Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Mark Murphy, and Mike McCarthy express their desire to move beyond the messy divorce which has haunted them for five years now.
The Summer of 2013 has continued the path of reconciliation, with Packers Team President Mark Murphy stating emphatically that the Packers would like to retire Favre’s #4 by 2016, his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame:
“I am often asked questions about Brett Favre, and specifically whether we will retire his number. Also, there has been quite a bit of speculation in the media about this topic. We do want to bring Brett back into the fold, and plan on retiring his number. He deserves to have his number retired for what he accomplished, and meant to the Packers, during his time here. I thought Aaron Rodgers and Brett jointly presenting the “Comeback Player of the Year” Award at the NFL Honors program was a great first step.
“It is really just a question of timing in terms of retiring his jersey. The timing has to be right for both Brett and the organization. Brett will be a first ballot Hall of Famer in 2016, and we would like to retire his number prior to his induction. I know that many of our fans were upset that Brett played for the Vikings. As time goes by, though, I think wounds are healed and people focus more on the great things he did for the team during his 16 years here. As the recent signings by Greg Jennings and Desmond Bishop show, many players in the league go on to play for rivals later in their careers.”
Murphy’s comments laid out for the first time a definite timetable for Favre’s return back to Green Bay.
The question is, are fans ready to have Favre back walk onto the field at Lambeau Field?
Many are able to remember the joy Favre brought to the Packer faithful during his 16 years in Green Bay, and would welcome him back with open arms (this writer included).
However, many are also unwilling to forget his defection to the rival Vikings in 2009, a move which permanently soured their perception of Favre.
So the question is: where does that put you?
Are you ready to see Favre back in Green Bay, his number forever immortalized as one of the best to ever wear the green and gold?
Or was his donning the purple and yellow a move which you cannot forgive, and as a result, have banished Favre forever?
This week’s Flashback Sunday is going to examine that question, with two videos that will hopefully inspire some strong reactions.
The first video is a look back at Favre’s playing career in Green Bay, featuring some of the great memories created during his time with the Packers:
The second video looks at his post Green Bay career, including the path he took to his first game against the Packers at Lambeau Field on November 1,2009:
After watching both videos, I encourage you to leave your reaction in the comments, and answer the following question: should Brett Favre have his jersey retired by the Packers?
Don’t forget to head over to AllGBP.com and check out this week’s edition of Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived. It is a must read every Sunday during the (seemingly never ending) off season.
Have a great Sunday!
GO PACK GO!
John Rehor is a writer at PackersTalk.com.
He can also be heard as one of the Co-Hosts of Cheesehead Radio. ---------------------
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