Despite all the lingering ill-feeling toward Brett Favre on the part of Packer fans, it looks like the organization does have a plan to honor the former Green Bay legend in the not-too-distant future. I’m not sure of the exact context of this Lori Nickel tweet but some kind of conversation did go on, and Nickel tweeted about it: “Mark Murphy siad [sic]
#packers want to retire Favre’s number in a year or two when it is meaningful to 4.”
In a year or two is pretty vague obviously. My guess is it will be toward the latter end of that time frame, maybe at some point in the 2013 season or perhaps even 2014. It’s in the Packers’ best interest to let the hurt feelings subside as much as possible before doing a ceremony, or risk an ugly scene at Lambeau Field. The last thing anyone wants is a downpour of boos during a number retirement.
Maybe the smart thing for the Packers would be to quietly retire Favre’s number in the offseason without having any kind of ceremony at all? That might seem a bit wimpy but, it would help them avoid fan outcry.
Obviously there are a lot of Packer fans who for whatever reason refuse to let the whole Favre thing go, even though the organization was fully vindicated by Aaron Rodgers’ Super Bowl win. If Packer fans were big people they would now forgive Favre for whatever they think he did and allow him to have his moment in the sun.
Unfortunately a lot of Packer fans are not big people. A lot of them are petty people who insist on holding grudges even when there’s no reason anymore. I guess that whole “take the high road” thing isn’t a big concept in Packerland. Shame.