A day after national analysts discussed Favre's locker, the team said it will take it out following the mandatory minicamp June 17-19 and give it to Favre.
A new cherry wood replacement locker will then be installed at the entrance of the locker room in time for training camp at the end of July.
"Obviously, I didn't realize it was going to get this kind of attention," Packers general manager Ted Thompson told the Wisconsin State Journal on Thursday afternoon. "We talked to Brett and (his wife) Deanna several weeks ago, and we thought that anybody who played 16 years here as well as he did might want his own locker. I think it makes it a little easier, quite frankly, for the next guy to go into there."
Neither head coach Mike McCarthy nor general manager Ted Thompson felt it would be appropriate to have another player use the future Hall of Famer's locker space, which is located near the entrance to the Packers' spacious locker room.
"I was just sitting here with Mike (McCarthy) and said, 'You know what we ought to do ...' I mean, you can't really put anybody in his locker," Thompson said.
Thompson said the team never planned on encasing the locker in glass and keeping it in the locker room. He said he came up with the gift idea shortly after Favre's decision to retire in early March.
Even though the topic had been broached before locally, the national media seized upon it earlier this week, with ESPN devoting time to the issue on its various platforms. ESPN.com's Page 2 even created an interactive build-a-shrine where you could click-and-drag various items into a file photo of Favre's locker. "I think it's been totally blown out of proportion," McCarthy said after practice Thursday. "It's been discussed with Brett, and we can talk about it at a later date, but it's really a construction concern (that) is the reason why the locker hasn't been taken out of there. So there's nothing more to it.
McCarthy said Thompson told the board of directors about the plans Wednesday and received a standing ovation. It's up to Favre what he wants to do with the locker after the team removes it, since it could make for an extremely popular exhibit at the Packers Hall of Fame should Favre not want it in his rec room. When the media was allowed into the locker room after Thursday's organized team activity practice, the "FAVRE" nameplate had been replaced with a generic "PACKERS" nameplate.
"We're doing that just because you guys seem to have so much angst about it," Thompson said. "It's still Brett Favre's locker in there, but we switched the nameplate."
New starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers took all the talk in stride.
"I have a lot of things to worry about besides whether they keep the locker or not," Rodgers said. "I mean, it's not even on my mind. I got to try to figure out a way to lead this team on my mind — workouts, OTAs — so Im not worried about that at all."