Brett Favre to have jersey retired by Packers next summer

Packers-waiting-to-retire-Brett-Favre-jerseyBrett Favre and the Green Bay Packers appear to have set a date to officially bury the hatchet. According to a statement posted on Favre’s website over the weekend, the former NFL quarterback will have his No. 4 jersey retired next summer and be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame.

“It was a tremendous honor to play 16 years for the Green Bay Packers,” the statement read. “Now to have my name 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.”

Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports that the Packers will make the announcement official on Monday afternoon with an event at Lambeau Field. Favre is not expected to be present but will communicate by telephone.

Last month, Packers president Mark Murphy said the team is waiting to retire Favre’s jersey because the Lambeau legend “wouldn’t want to come back and get booed.” Favre, who spent 16 seasons with the Packers and won a Super Bowl, later insisted that is not true.

“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.”

Favre’s not going to get booed. Sure, he left on bad terms and held back a clearly NFL-ready quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, but Packers fans understand what Favre meant to the franchise. They’ll be more than willing to forget that he signed with a division rival.

Brett Favre: I’m not worried about Packers fans booing

Packers-waiting-to-retire-Brett-Favre-jerseyBrett Favre knows there could be a mixed reaction from Green Bay Packers fans when he eventually returns to Lambeau Field, but he claims he is not concerned about it.

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.

Packers to wait on Brett Favre jersey retirement so he won’t get booed

Packers-waiting-to-retire-Brett-Favre-jerseyBrett Favre is going to have his jersey number retired by the Green Bay Packers at some point. He is one of the greatest players to ever play for one of the greatest franchises in sports. Regardless of the way Favre’s relationship with the team ended, we all know what the final chapter will be. We just don’t know when it will be written.

On Thursday, Packers president Mark Murphy said that Favre could visit Lambeau Field for a game this upcoming season but that the team is not planning to retire his No. 4 just yet. Why? Fear of Packers fans booing.

“I don’t anticipate having him retire a number this season, in a game this year,” Murphy said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com. “We have very good relations, and very good communication, but I don’t anticipate that this year.

“He wouldn’t want to come back and get booed. You can’t control 80,750 people … [but] I really think as time goes on, every year that passes, it’s less likely that he would get booed, but that is an issue.”

Last month, former Packers tight end and Favre teammate Mark Chmura said he was told Favre backed out of a previously scheduled Lambeau Field appearance because he was concerned he would be booed.

“Brett was confirmed to come up here to a game last year,” Chmura said during his radio show on 540 ESPN in Milwaukee. “But (he) had to cancel at the last second, a game late in the year. Brett is very afraid of getting booed at Lambeau. And that’s why he’s reluctant to come up.”

Wilde also noted that former Packers kicker Ryan Longwell, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 after spending six seasons with Green Bay, signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Packers last year and was booed by some fans when he returned.

The difference is Longwell is a kicker. Favre spent 16 seasons with the Packers and won a Super Bowl. He missed just one game during his Green Bay career, and that was in his first year with the team. Last year, Favre admitted he was at fault for the way his tenure with the Packers ended. Not to mention, the Packers won a Super Bowl after he left. It’s not as if he left the franchise in shambles.

Personally, I think enough time has passed. Fans love being part of the feel-good moment. Favre and his grey beard and hulking muscles will receive a warm welcome when he decides to return to Lambeau.

H/T Eye on Football

Brett Favre has a giant grey beard and hulking muscles

Brett Favre muscles

Brett Favre has really cultivated a new look in retirement. We already knew he had been growing out a big beard, but who knew he was also working out like a madman?

A few people snapped pictures with Favre after meeting him at a conference in Orlando last week, and the former quarterback’s new look was evident.

Favre’s huge gray beard is even larger, bushier, and whiter, and he also is ripped like the incredible hulk. Dude has a giant vein going up his left forearm, almost like a piece of barbed wire embedded in his skin. His biceps look pretty massive too.

Goobye Brett Favre, hello Paul Bunyan.

Brett Favre rocking amazing gray beard

Brett Favre beard

What does Brett Favre look like these days? A guy who is loving retirement.

Favre is now 44 and he appeared on NFL Network’s pregame coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII. Boy, was it great to see his mug on TV again, breaking down the game, talking about his experiences and sharing stories.

The ‘Ol Gunslinger is a grandfather these days and looks like it. His hair is long and he’s grown out his beard, which has a ton of gray. He really looks like that rugged outdoorsman, just like the kind of character he portrays in his Wrangler jeans commercials.

Favre is pulling for the Seattle Seahawks because he’s so close with their offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, but he said he thinks the Denver Broncos are going to be tough to beat. Then again, maybe we shouldn’t get too carried away with his prediction; Favre admitted he finished last in his fantasy football league, so his predictions aren’t always the best.

Brett Favre looking like grizzled old man calling plays for high school team

Is it just me, or did Brett Favre just age about 20 years?

Photographer Matt Bush snapped this great shot of Favre calling plays for Oak Grove High School, where he is an offensive coordinator. Oak Grove defeated Tupelo 14-7 on Friday to win the Mississippi 6A state championship.

Look at Favre with his headset and game face on. Long graying hair and beard, but still well groomed. He looks like he skipped his 40s and dived straight in to the 50s. But you know what? Favre is a boss and still looks like the man.

It’s pretty cool too that he’s still helping out a local Mississippi high school. He said in an interview that he has to resist how much he shares with his players because he’s so knowledgeable about the game and doesn’t want to overload them. Man, how awesome would it be to have the ol’ gunslinger as your high school coach?

Here’s another great photo of him celebrating after the win:

Brett Favre suffering from ‘scary’ memory loss

Brett FavreBrett Favre played 20 years in the NFL, made 298 starts, and threw 10,169 passes during his career. He played until he was 41, took 525 career sacks, and was hit countless more times. It sounds like all the years of playing professional football have taken their toll on the former MVP quarterback.

Favre joined The Sports Reporters with Andy Pollin on Sports Talk 570 in Washington on Thursday to talk about the rumor that the St. Louis Rams were interested in signing him. During the interview, Favre revealed that he has suffered from scary memory loss that he believes is related to concussions.

“I don’t remember my daughter playing soccer, playing youth soccer, one summer,” he said. “I don’t remember that. I got a pretty good memory, and I have a tendency like we all do to say, ‘Where are my glasses?’ and they’re on your head. This was pretty shocking to me that I couldn’t remember my daughter playing youth soccer, just one summer, I think. I remember her playing basketball, I remember her playing volleyball, so I kind of think maybe she only played a game or two. I think she played eight. So that’s a little bit scary to me. For the first time in 44 years, that put a little fear in me.”

Favre also said in the interview that agent Bus Cook exaggerated slightly last month when he described the type of conditioning and working out the quarterback has been doing. But Favre did say he is in the best everyday shape of his life and dropped about 25 pounds.

Favre says he thinks a few teams have inquired about his availability but it’s come to the point that Cook doesn’t really even ask if he has interest in returning to a team. He also thinks the Rams had interest in him because he is familiar with the offense Brian Schottenheimer runs.

For someone who captured headlines and was the talk of the league for multiple years, Favre has gone away from the game pretty silently. He says he enjoys spending the time with his family now.

As for the memory loss, I’m sure many people feel this way as they age. But the way Favre described it, he sounded pretty serious about the problems. He also expressed concern about the studies that have shown how players suffer after their career end.

H/T USA Today