The Green Bay Packers have been true to their word and won’t retire Brett Favre’s No. 4 this year. They will do it in 2015. Favre made that announcement on his website.
Here’s the full statement.
I’m pleased to announce that I will be returning to Green Bay, Wisconsin in 2015 for induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and retirement of my jersey.
It was a tremendous honor to play 16 years for the Green Bay Packers. 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.
I’m truly looking forward to celebrating and sharing this special moment with all of the great fans of the Green Bay Packers.
Alright, you old scallywag, you got me with that Go Packers! line there. All is forgiven.
Well, let me think on that for a moment…
No. No, it isn’t.
Anyway, it appears the number will officially be retired when Favre is inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in July of 2015. Then it will be unveiled on the side of Lambeau Field during an undetermined game in 2015.
Having your number retired for the Green Bay Packers is really the ultimate honor. Unlike other teams who just retire numbers willy nilly, the Packers have only retired five numbers in their history, which dates back almost 100 years.
Think about that for a second. Of all of the players to come through Green Bay and of all the Hall of Famers — of which there are 27 — only five guys have gotten the nod. The Packers ring of honor has 21 names on it — all Hall of Famers except former general manager Ron Wolf.
No. 4 will go up with Tony Canadeo’s No. 3, Don Hutson’s No. 14, Bart Starr’s No. 15, Ray Nitschke’s No. 66 and Reggie White’s No. 92.