Brett Favre’s homecoming is so big that it will require a doubleheader.
On July 18, Favre will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
One day later, Favre will be the headliner in an all-star flag football game at the University of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium.
“To say a whirlwind would be probably an understatement. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Favre said in a conference call on Wednesday. “Much anticipated, obviously. Not only from our end but I think from everyone else. It’s been talked about quite a bit and, you know, it’s time, and I’ve said that, so this will be a way, I think, to really kick off the events to take place here in the next year, year-and-a-half, so really looking forward to it.”
Because of the ugly ending to Favre’s brilliant career in Green Bay, there had been some trepidation on Favre’s behalf on how he’d be received by the fans. So much for that concern: All 67,000 tickets to witness Favre’s Hall of Fame induction on Lambeau Field’s TundraVision boards sold out in about eight hours.
“To say I was excited last week to find out so many tickets were sold to Lambeau so quickly — if there were any questions prior to that about how the fans felt about my return, I think those questions have been answered,” Favre said. “This game is just another way to cap off that weekend in a fun way.”
Timing, the team said, prevented the game from being played at Lambeau Field.
“Even though we don't tear the field apart, the scheduling was difficult for them because they wanted it ready [for the season]," said Marty Garafalo of Gameday Entertainment, the event's promoter. “They normally don't do any outside events there, one. But when we told them the date in July, we tried to do a June date, but these concerts (Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean on June 20) take 10 days to get set up. They just didn't feel they had enough time to get the field in the condition. They take a lot of pride in that, I understood that.”
Favre, however, has some history at Camp Randall. The Packers played a preseason game there for a decade, so his second game with the team was against the Jets on Aug. 16, 1992. That would be the first of four appearances in Madison by Favre.
“Obviously, I spent some time at Camp Randall,” Favre said. “We played numerous preseason games there, and it was always fun to go there. The facilities there were second to none, and I’m sure they’ve gotten even better, which is hard to imagine. What a top-notch program, and coach (Barry) Alvarez has done an outstanding job not only as the coach but as the AD, and what a great venue.
“As far as Lambeau, I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t have been great to play at Lambeau for obvious reasons. But it is what it is, and they have to get ready for the season and I guess it’s relatively close to that, and they have some other events prior to our flag football game. This is not Lambeau, but it’s pretty darn close. What a great place to play.”
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, June 3. They will range in price from $34 to $55, with a portion of the proceeds going to Favre’s Favre 4 Hope Foundation. For more details on the game CLICK HERE.
The game will have a Packers vs. NFL all-stars flavor, with Favre, Mark Chmura, Andre Rison, Javon Walker and Frank Winters squaring off against a team that will include Roger Craig, Badgers legend Ron Dayne, Willie Gault and Herman Moore, among others.
“Anything is possible,” Favre joked when asked if this game could be the start of another comeback. “But we’d have to wear flags next year. I don't know if they'll let me do that. Although you guys are pretty secure at quarterback up there right now.”
Along with Favre’s return to Lambeau for his Hall of Fame induction, his name will be unveiled on the stadium’s Ring of Honor for the Thanksgiving night game against the Bears on Nov. 26.
“The tradition and the history between the Bears (and Packers) dates back long before any of us were around,” Favre said. “Just some fun games and rivalries over the years, and so being a Thanksgiving game, just the magnitude of that in itself is huge. And to me, it’s just the right fit, the right choice.”firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/PackerReport.