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Packers Will Retire Brett Favre’s Number on Thanksgiving

Brett Favre retires

The Green Bay Packers will play the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving night. According to Tom Silverstein, that’s also when they will retire Brett Favre’s number.

Or, more accurately, that’s the game in which they’ll unveil Favre’s name on the inner facade of Lambeau Field next to those of Bart Starr, Reggie White, Don Hutson, Ray Nitschke and Tony Canadeo — the five other Packers to have their numbers retired.

The number will technically be retired when Favre is inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame on July 18. Of course, only corporate sponsors will actually be able to get a first-person glimpse of Favre on that evening. The game is an opportunity for actual fans to be a part of a Brett Favre event.

Although the full 2015 schedule won’t be released until Tuesday evening, the Bears game was leaked early. That, in and of itself, is a pretty big deal.

While the Packers have played many games on Thanksgiving, most of those have been with the Detroit Lions. The Lions, along with the Dallas Cowboys, always have a home game on Thanksgiving. An evening game, which can feature any two teams, was first added in 2006.

The Packers have never played in that game.

In fact, this year will mark just the second time in history the Packers have played a Thanksgiving game at home. The first time was in 1923, when they beat the Hammond Pros, 19-0.

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12 Comments

  1. Beantownpackerbacker April 21, 2015

    Favre’s jersey ceremony be damned! Thanksgiving in GB?! Go Pack Go!!!

  2. E. Wolf April 21, 2015

    Mixed feelings. Love the idea of a Thanksgiving game at Lambeau field, love that we don’t have to play Detroit, as we invariably do the other year. Still not happy about this.
    The worst part is that the legion of Berty nutlickers will raise the secondary price to unheard of levels.

    1. Andy April 21, 2015

      Still flogging that dead horse, eh? I suppose someone has to, keep going only a couple of months left.

    2. Savage57 April 22, 2015

      The absolute best part of this is that vitriolic, hate-filled manifestos to prevent the ceremony might finally cease.

      1. E. Wolf April 22, 2015

        I am not trying to prevent the ceremony, just expressing my rigid opposition to it. On this, and many other things, I am implacable.

  3. billybong April 21, 2015

    Meanwhile, a source said that the Packers will host the Seattle Seahawks in a rematch of the NFC Championship in Week 2 on Sunday night. It might be the most anticipated rematch for Packers fans at Lambeau Field since the Packers played the Dallas Cowboys in 1997.

  4. RelampagoBlanco April 21, 2015

    I saw on Twitter earlier that it’s highly likely that the Packers open the season in Chicago as well.

  5. bears for the win April 21, 2015

    Well let’s hope its a good competitive game!!! Beardown!!! Our new coaching staff will actually have a game plan this time…

  6. Savage57 April 22, 2015

    No more apt date could have been scheduled for the retirement ceremony. Kudo’s to the NFL guys for figuring this one out.

    A chance for Packer fans who aren’t dedicated to crying to the wind and consumed by hate to celebrate Favre’s contributions to the Packers and his role in making the team and the city relevant again.

    As to the rest of the schedule, SSDY. At least they got a mid-season bye.

  7. ferris April 22, 2015

    Someone has to say it…So I will…After the ceremony look for the Bears to offer Brett a contract to play the second half, which he will accept after the boos and schlong picture comments from drunk Packer fans. His first attempt will be an INT.

  8. the real russ letlow April 22, 2015

    they could have used the last game of the season vs Minnesota for the ceremony – that way the purple pussies could have retired his jersey too. Best QB they ever had.

    1. MGP April 22, 2015

      Yeap! :-)