Brett Favre’s No. 4 Jersey will likely be retired by the 2016 NFL season now that Favre and Packer’s management have kissed and made up.
It was Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers who argued back in May that the No. 4 jersey should be taken out of Packers rotation.
Recently, Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy told reporters he wanted Brett Favre “back in the family.”
On Saturday, the team’s CEO wrote on the Packers website that Favre “deserves to have his number retired for what he accomplished and meant to the Packers during his time here.”
Murphy further explains his decision to call for the Brett Favre jersey retirement:
“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.”
With the Green Bay Packers ramping up for a “Brett Day” at Lambeau field, it makes sense that the team would be working towards a Brett Favre jersey retirement.
Following Brett Favre’s decision to join the Minnesota Vikings, many fans turned on their once favorite quarterback. It wasn’t until recently that Favre and Packers management began to speak with one another after a few years of strained relationships.
Retiring the famed quarterback’s jersey would allow fans to “heal” their wounds while also solidifying Brett Favre’s place in the hearts and minds of the Packers most deeply invested followers.
Fans love iconic players who helped mold their teams and with the No. 4 jersey forever on display at Lambeau Field, so we have a feeling the Green Bay Packers fan base will ultimately look back on Brett Favre with fond memories and not thoughts of betrayal.