Earlier this month, Packers president Mark Murphy said the team is not planning to retire Favre’s No. 4 jersey just yet because Favre “wouldn’t want to come back and get booed.” Favre said on Monday that Murphy does not speak for him.
“I’ve heard that was a concern of mine, and I’m here to tell you I’m not,” Favre told ESPN 1000 in Chicago. “I’m not worried about that. I’m well aware that you can’t please everyone. Not everyone’s going to 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 with other teams, but I will be remembered as a Packer. I feel that. I think the true Packer backers, which there are tons out there, feel the same way. I’m not the first player to play for other teams or rivals.”
That almost sounded like Favre challenging the “true” Packers fans to cheer for him, and they probably will. It has been six years since Favre left Green Bay. That should be more than enough time to forgive and forget, especially for a player who was the epitome of toughness and won a Super Bowl championship.
“In spite of what people may think — and I really don’t pay attention to what people are saying — I just know the facts, and the facts are that I feel like the relationship is a good relationship,” Favre said. “I’ve had contact with Mark Murphy on a regular basis in regards to how we’re going to do this, the ceremony.”
Former NFL tight end Mark Chmura, who was teammates with Favre, also said recently that Favre was scheduled to appear at Lambeau Field last season but backed out because he was afraid of being booed. Apparently Chmura’s sources are misinformed, because the Ole Gunslinger sounds like he is well on his way to a return.