Legendary former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre will return to Lambeau Field for a halftime ceremony on Sunday to commemorate his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
At halftime of last year’s game against Chicago, Favre had his number retired and his name unveiled in the north end zone alongside the rest of the former Packers who have had that honor: Tony Canadeo, Don Hutson, Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke and Reggie White.
This time, he’ll have his name unveiled on the Ring of Honor celebrating the Packers greats who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“Anytime they put your name up in Lambeau Field, that’s special,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday. “Obviously, Brett’s special, and what he’s accomplished as a Green Bay Packer, and it will be great to see his name up there permanently and get the ring and so forth. I think it will be great for our fans, and I know the organization’s excited about having him back.”
As part of the ceremony, Favre will receive the Hall of Fame’s Ring of Excellence.
The Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence is one of three symbols that represent being a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Favre received his Hall of Fame Gold Jacket on Thursday night of Enshrinement Week in Canton, and unveiled his Bronzed Bust during the Enshrinement Ceremony two days later. All three symbols will be displayed during the Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence presentation. Favre will wear his Hall of Fame Gold Jacket and his bust will be temporarily removed from the Hall of Fame for the ceremony.
Favre rewrote vast sections of the passing record book during his career, including records of 6,300 completions, 186 regular-season wins, 297 consecutive starts and 18 consecutive seasons with 3,000-plus passing yards. He also set records for most passing yards and most passing touchdowns until eclipsed last year by Peyton Manning. Favre, a three-time MVP and 11-time Pro Bowler, led the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XXXI and back to the Super Bowl the following year.
During his enshrinement speech in Canton on Aug. 6, Favre thanked former Packers general manager Ron Wolf – a Hall of Famer in 2015 – for taking a chance on him with a franchise-defining trade in 1993.
“As I like to say, Ron Wolf made it cool to come to Green Bay,” Favre said. “So, I thank you, Ron, for believing in me, seeing something in me that others didn't see, probably including myself, and sticking your neck out there for one of the riskiest and craziest trades in NFL history when you decided to trade a first-round pick for me with Atlanta. So I say thank you, Ron. I love you. You mean more to me than anyone.”
Favre will become the third member of the Class of 2016 to receive his Ring of Excellence this season. Orlando Pace was honored in Los Angeles in Week 2 and Kevin Greene during Week 4 in Pittsburgh.