Packers president explains desired timeline for Favre number retirement
Brett Favre leaves the field with his wife, Deanna, following the Packers' win over the Raiders on Dec. 22, 2003. Image by Journal Sentinel files
GREEN BAY - The president of the Green Bay Packers has unveiled when he wants to retire record-breaking quarterback Brett Favre's number, ending a long rift where both sides have already begun the healing process.
"Brett will be a first ballot Hall of Famer in 2016, and we would like to retire his number prior to his induction," said Packers President Mark Murphy in an online question-and-answer session on the team's web site.
Murphy cited the joint presentation by Favre and current quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the NFL Honors event before Super Bowl XLVII as a "great first step" toward healing.
Favre has admitted his portion of responsibility for the five-year feud with the Packers, following his trade to the New York Jets in 2008 and two years with the co-archrival Minnesota Vikings in 2009-10.
"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," said Murphy.
"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."