Just as everyone was settling in for Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game, a report came across the wire concerning a certain future Hall of Famer whose name never seems to quite fade from the conversation, even though he hasn’t played since 2010.
In a statement, the Green Bay Packers and the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame revealed that they will have a very special announcement to make Monday afternoon concerning former Packer Brett Favre. The expectation is that the two organizations mean to announce their plans to retire Favre’s number at some future point in 2014.
Various media reports said Favre himself would participate in the 1:30 press conference via phone.
If true, the report indicates a pretty sudden 180 from recent comments by Packers president Mark Murphy suggesting that plans for Favre’s long-anticipated number retirement had been shelved for the upcoming season over concerns that Packer fans weren’t yet ready to embrace Old Number 4. Those concerns have evidently been put to bed (though Favre might change his mind if he had a gander at the vitriol being slung his way on Twitter).
An official date for the retirement may or may not be revealed at Monday’s presser. Speculation is that the Packers have pegged October 2 as the night for the ceremony, as that day’s game happens to be a prime time affair against one of Favre’s other old teams, the Vikings (the drama!).
It would certainly be nice of the Packers to let the Vikings share in the joy of Favre’s number retirement. Though the Packers and Favre seem to have satisfied themselves that Favre won’t be booed out of the stadium, I’m guessing there will still be more than a few jeers aimed his way by liquored-up Packer fans who just can’t let it go.
Packer fans really don’t get it. At all. But what else is new?
Update: The Packers are now expected to announce that the number retirement will not happen until 2015. So Packer fans have another year to get over it. Which they won’t.