Favre, Packers finally reuniting

Brett Favre will be welcomed back to Green Bay once again, this time to have his jersey retired for good.

It took some time, but it appears as though the Green Bay Packers have finally kissed and made up with Brett Favre for having the audacity to want to continue playing.

The Packers sent out a press release Sunday stating that Favre and the Packers Hall of Fame Committee will have a joint announcement at 1:30 p.m. Monday to announce that Favre will be inducted in the Packers Hall of Fame and have his No. 4 retired next July when the Packers Hall of Fame holds its induction ceremonies.

It was thought that the Packers would induct Favre earlier than this, because he hasn’t played since 2010, but the feeling was that the animosity between the fan base toward Favre playing for the Vikings would result in a portion of the fan base booing him and sullying the ceremony.

On Favre’s official website, he wrote, “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. … I’m looking forward to celebrating and sharing this special moment with all of the great fans of the Green Bay Packers. Go Packers!”

After years of discussion and debate as to whether Favre and the Packers would ever have an amicable reconciliation, it appears the wounds have finally scabbed over enough among Packers fans – who apparently felt that when the team told Favre to go away they should still have the power to dictate where or if he continued playing.


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    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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