No matter how badly your feelings were hurt when Brett Favre “retired” from the Green Bay Packers and made his way to the Minnesota Vikings after a short layover with the New York Jets, chances are pretty good that you’re looking forward to him returning to Lambeau Field to have his jersey retired where it rightly belongs.
Yesterday, Favre announced on his website that he will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame later this year – a place where he was destined to be the second he took off the green and gold for the final time. Favre stated:
“It was a tremendous honor to play 16 years for the Green Bay Packers. Now to have my named placed among others such as Starr, Hornung, Kramer, Taylor, Lambeau, Nitschke, Lombardi, Davis, White and Hutson is a special honor that I share with all of my teammates and coaches, and that would not have been possible but for the foresight of Ron Wolf, the greatest GM in the history of the NFL. I’m truly looking forward to celebrating and sharing this special moment with all of the great fans of the Green Bay Packers.”
No date has been set yet for the ceremony.
Currently, Favre holds NFL records for most passing yards (71,838), pass completions (6,300), pass attempts (10,169), interceptions thrown (336), starts (298) and wins (186). His career mark of 508 touchdown passes was eclipsed by Peyton Manning this past season.
As a Wisconsin kid doing a majority of his growing up in the 1990’s, Brett Favre was THE sports icon to get excited about. His childish love for the game and his knack for making ridiculous plays made every little boy want to be grow up and be #4.
What was your favorite memory of Favre as a Packer? I can’t choose between the Monday Night Football game against the Raiders after his father died and the playoff game against the Seahawks in January of 2008 – the Snow Globe Game.